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Symposium in Honour of Dikgang Moseneke

- Wits University

Scholars and lawyers to shine the lens on Moseneke ‘the Activist Judge’ and ‘the Intellectual Judge’.

Wits University and the University of Cape Town will hold a joint symposium in honour of retired Constitutional Court Deputy Chief Justice and Chancellor of Wits University, Dikgang Moseneke. A former activist and one of the country’s leading jurists, Moseneke has served South Africa and the continent with distinction both in the courtroom and beyond its walls.

The symposium, to be held at Wits and UCT respectively, will focus on two broad themes that characterise Justice Moseneke.Wits Chancellor, Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke

The theme focusing on ‘Moseneke, the Activist Judge’ will include presentations on judicial accountability, the role of the courts and social change in relation to Justice Moseneke’s judgements and writing, and broader activist themes with which he is associated.

Theme two addresses the intellectual themes in Justice Moseneke’s cases and scholarly writings in the areas of Transformative Jurisprudence; Private law and the Constitution; and Executive Power; amongst others. “Participants will engage directly with his core ideas, across cases and writings,” says Cathi Albertyn, Professor of Law at Wits University.

Professor Penelope Andrews, Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Cape Town, explains: “Justice Moseneke is an inspiration for all South Africans particularly young, black South Africans, who can see how he has achieved greatness in the face of tremendous obstacles. His professional achievements are exceptional and are matched only by his extraordinary personal triumphs. This symposium will try to do justice to those achievements.”


Date: 30 November 2016

Time: 08:30 for 09:00 – 17:00

Venue: Chalsty Auditorium, School of Law, Wits University

RSVP and programme requests: by 25 November 2016. Free and open to all in the legal sphere and related areas of interest.

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