Annual Lecture 2016

May 19, 2016

 Justice Albie Sachs

The Battle for the South African Constitution: Protecting Minorities Through Power-Sharing or a Bill of Rights?  


On May 19th, 2016, Albie Sachs, a senior member of the African National Congress and a key architect of Mandela’s post-apartheid Constitution, delivered the fifth Annual Pluralism Lecture in Toronto at the Aga Khan Museum.

Long-time human rights activist, lawyer, judge and author, Justice Albie Sachs has committed his career to the values of justice, inclusion and peace. A freedom fighter for Black South Africans, and key architect of South Africa’s post-apartheid constitution, Justice Sachs survived an assassination attempt that caused him to lose an arm and his vision in one eye. After recovering, Sachs returned to help Nelson Mandela transition South Africa from apartheid to democracy, by helping draft a constitution with minority rights built in. Two decades later, this Constitution is still admired around the world.

Delivering a speech entitled, "The Battle for the South African Constitution," Sachs, who was at the heart of the process, explained how the conflict was resolved and South Africa ended up having one of the most admired constitutions in the world. A dialogue followed the lecture, moderated by Doug Saunders, International Affairs Columnist with the Globe and Mail.





Introduction by the Centre's Secretary General, John McNee.

 Opening remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan. 

The 2016 Annual Pluralism Lecture, presented by Albie Sachs.

Q&A with Albie Sachs and Doug Saunders.

Closing remarks and thank you by the Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson. 

Global Centre for Pluralism interview with Albie Sachs




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