ARTHUR CHASKALSON, a life dedicated to justice for all

: Ellmann (S.)

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842pp., b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., Johannesburg, 2019


A biography of Arthur Chaskalson (1931-2012), advocate at the Johannesburg bar, member of Nelson Mandela's defence team in the 1963 Rivonia Trial, founder and director of the Legal Resources Centre, key advisor on the adoption of the Interim Constitution of South Africa in 1993. He was President and then Chief Justice of South Africa's Constitutional Court.

"Long before assuming the office of Chief Justice of South Africa, Arthur Chaskalson worked hard to lay the foundation for a South Africa that would truly belong to all who live in it, united in our diversity." President Thabo Mbeki

"Chaskalson's contribution and passion for the development of the country's jurisprudence and its legal institutions cannot be overemphasised and will forever be cherished." Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng

"Arthur Chaskalson was a formidable man. He could be severe. To those he opposed, he could be intimidating. But he also had a tender side. That was mostly reserved for his beloved wife, his sons and their families. But those who worked closest with him also saw it. I did." Justice Edwin Cameron, former judge on South Africa's Constitutional Court

Lawyer and author Stephen Ellmann (1951-2019) held the Lester Martin Chair as Professor of Law at New York Law School where he taught for over 25 years. He also held academic appointments with the Jones Law Institute, Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School, and Hebrew University Faculty of Law. In 1994 he co-founded the South African Reading Group, an interdisciplinary group of scholars studying South Africa. He taught in and frequently visited South Africa, and wrote on South African legal issues.