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Albie Sachs Reflects on the Law

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Albie Sachs, Joseph Nkatlo and Mary Butcher give thumbs-up at a Defiance Campaign meeting in 1952. Sachs and Butcher were among the first white South Africans to join the campaign. (National Library of South Africa: Cape Town; Cape Times)

Albie Sachs is a former justice of the South African Constitutional Court

From a young age he played a prominent role in the struggle for justice and human rights in South Africa . He helped transform the country into a constitutional democracy after apartheid.

In the midst of all that, he survived an assassination attempt when a bomb blew up in his car, but was permanently maimed.

In his most recent book, The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law, he writes about how he and his fellow judges agonized over the process of making decisions on the court…

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