Join us in the latest of our lineup of unique speakers for the Global Diaspora Series, which brings diverse, high profile, fascinating voices from around the Jewish world to our audiences.
We're delighted to present an exclusive evening with Albert "Albie" Louis Sachs, an activist and a former judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa, in conversation with Adam Wagner, barrister and founder of human rights charity eachother.org.uk. You can read more about them below.
The evening will centre on Albie's incredible career, his current work in helping develop Constitution Hill in Johannesburg into a beacon for democracy and fundamental rights for the whole world. It will be in the midst of the buildings of the Old Fort Prison, where both Gandhi and Mandela were incarcerated. The evening will also look at how his faith has impacted his decisions.
This event is generously supported by Genesis Philanthropy Group.
Sachs started practice as an advocate at the Cape Bar aged 21, defending people charged under racial statutes and security laws under South African apartheid. After being arrested and placed in solitary confinement for over five months for his work in the freedom movement, Sachs later moved to the UK when he first fled to exile from South Africa and went to study for a PhD at the University of Sussex,
In 1988, in Maputo, Mozambique, he lost an arm and his sight in one eye when a bomb was placed in his car. After the bombing, he devoted himself to the preparations for a new democratic constitution for South Africa. He returned to South Africa and served as a member of the Constitutional Committee and the National Executive of the African National Congress.
Sachs was appointed to the Constitutional Court of South Africa by Nelson Mandela in 1994. Many of Sachs's best-known judgments are on discrimination law. He is also a celebrated writer.
Adam Wagner is a successful Jewish barrister who has made a name for himself with his social media and mainstream media work focusing on making human rights law understandable and accessible to the masses.