HUMAN RIGHTS TALK: Justice Moseneke on the Creation and Protection of a Constitutional Democracy in South Africa


Montag, 14. Mai 2018 – 19:00


Dachgeschoß der Urania in der Uraniastraße 1, 1010 Wien

Former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke spent his whole life fighting for freedom and changing society for the better. Already at the young age of 15, one year after he joined the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) to stand up against the apartheid regime, he was arrested and sentenced to ten years of imprisonment in Robben Island for his activism. There, Moseneke befriended his fellow prisoner Nelson Mandela and dedicated his time to educating himself. Upon his release, he not only had become a lawyer, but was also the first Black lawyer to join to the otherwise all white Pretoria Bar. Amongst Moseneke’s many contributions to the creation and protection of the constitutional democracy in South Africa are his participation on the technical committee that drafted the interim constitution in 1993 and his 15-year service for the highest court in the country, the Constitutional Court.

On the occasion of the centenary of Nelson Mandela, Justice Moseneke will share his inspiring life story and talk about both the early days and today’s evolution of Constitutional democracy in South Africa. The event is organized by the Research Centre Human Rights of the University of Vienna and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights in cooperation with the South African Embassy and Permanent Mission in Austria.

Welcome address: Ambassador Tebogo Seokolo (South African Embassy)
Moderation: Manfred Nowak (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, Research Centre Human Rights, University of Vienna)

Kindly observe that this event is held in English. Following the discussion, the Research Centre Human Rights and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights would like to invite you to join the subsequent reception.

The admission is free, for logistical reasons please registrate via mail to

This HUMAN RIGHTS TALK will be recorded by ZIGE.TV and will be made available on the ZIGE.TV YouTube Channel following the event. The HUMAN RIGHTS TALKS take place in cooperation with Der Standard, profil online, ZIGE.TV and Zeitschrift juridikum.

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