South Africa’s Courts Have Become Key Constitutional Defender

View of the court room of the Constitutional Court, Johannesburg, South Africa, May 28, 2012 (photo by Flickr user imsbildarkiv licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic license).
View of the court room of the Constitutional Court, Johannesburg, South Africa, May 28, 2012 (photo by Flickr user imsbildarkiv licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic license).
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Last week, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who has a warrant out for his arrest by the International Criminal Court, left South Africa without incident, even after South Africa’s High Court ruled that he was to be prevented from leaving. In an email interview, Pierre de Vos, professor of constitutional law at the University of Cape Town, discussed South Africa’s judiciary. WPR: How has South Africa’s judiciary evolved since the end of apartheid, both as an institution and demographically, compared to other government branches, and has it been cleared of all apartheid-era judges? Pierre de Vos: The composition of the South […]

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