The World Justice Project and community of rule of law advocates around the world mourn the passing on Saturday of the Hon Arthur Chaskalson, former Chief Justice of South Africa and leading champion for freedom and democracy.
WJP Founder & CEO Bill Neukom called Justice Chaskalson a “giant of tolerance and justice”, and WJP Board of Directors member Mondli Makhanya noted that Justice Chaskalson “lived a full life, putting justice before all else.” He was a staunch ally and supporter of the World Justice Project since its inception, served as an Honorary Chair of the WJP, and was an inaugural recipient of the WJP Rule of Law Award in 2011.
Appointed by President Nelson Mandela in June 1994 to be the first President of South Africa’s new Constitutional Court, Arthur Chaskalson was the Chief Justice of South Africa from November 2001 until his retirement in 2005. He was admitted to the Johannesburg Bar in 1956, and held several leadership roles in local and national bar organizations, including as Vice Chairman of the General Council of the Bar of South Africa. He helped to establish the Legal Resources Centre in 1978 and served as its Director until September 1993. In addition to his service on the bench in South Africa, Justice Chaskalson held distinguished teaching appointments at several academic institutions, and received numerous honorary degrees and awards. He was in high demand as a consultant and speaker on constitutional matters, human rights and legal services, and served as a member of several South African and international organizations committed to these issues.
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