In lieu of a section meeting this month, the section co-chairs invite members to join the following phone presentation on February 17, 2010 at 10 a.m. Alaska Time. Call in info is at the end of the message.
The international law section invites Alaskan attorneys to listen to a presentation by Retired South African Supreme Court Justice Sachs.
As a young attorney, Sachs fought apartheid until forced into exile, during which time he became a renowned professor in international law and human rights. While in Mozambique in 1988 he lost the use of an arm and one eye when South African security agents planted a bomb in his car.
After Mandala’s election, Sachs was appointed to the Constitutional Court and helped steer South Africa through its re-entry into the world justice system. One of his last major decisions before retirement was determining a constitutional requirement to allow same-gender marriage in South Africa.Justice Sachs will discuss his new book, “Reason and Passion: The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law,” which addresses the following subjects:
- Terrorism, Torture and the Rule of Law
- Punitive Justice vs. Restorative Justice
- Social and Economic Rights as Fundamental Human Rights
- Does the Law Have a Sense of Humor?
- The Secular and the Sacred: The Right of Same Sex Couples to Marry
To participate in the teleconference, please use the following call-in information:
Dial-in Number: 1-219-509-8111 Participant Access Code: 4204974
The teleconference will only be for listening, and your phone will be muted. Attendance will be limited, so pleas call in promptly on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 10 a.m. Alaska Time.