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Statement by Wits University on comments by Justice Zak Yacoob

[Johannesburg, 20 August 2014] - Comments made by former Constitutional Court Justice Zak Yacoob at Wits University on 7 August 2014 have attracted attention, and the University would like to clarify some of the issues and identify some of the principles at stake.

Yacoob was speaking on a panel titled "Law, Literature, and Narrative" as part of the Arts of Human Rights workshop co-organised by the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER) and Bard College. The purpose of the workshop was to explore the overlap of the arts and human rights. Presentations covered topics such as the art collection of the Constitutional Court, human rights film festivals, the ways in which art reveals aspects of the human condition, and performativity.

Following his service at the Constitutional Court, Yacoob has been appointed as an unpaid visiting adjunct professor at the Wits School of Law for a period of three years and was invited by the organisers to participate in the WiSER workshop.
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Statement by Wits University on comments by Justice Zak Yacoob

Last updated : 20 August 2014


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