Justice Sachs was appointed by President Nelson Mandela to serve on the newly established Constitutional Court, from which he retired this fall. Justice Sachs' career in human rights activism started at the age of seventeen, when as a law student in Cape Town, he took part in the Defiance of Unjust Laws Campaign. The bulk of his work at the Cape Bar involved defending people charged under racist statutes and repressive security laws.
Justice Sachs is the first Richard & Ann Silver Pozen Visiting Professor in Human Rights at the University of Chicago. This talk was recorded on February 2, 2010, and was sponsored by the University of Chicago Law School International Human Rights Society.