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Famous Lawyers From South Africa Famous Lawyers From South Africa

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Famous Lawyers From South Africa

Abraham Fischer


Abraham Fischer was a South African statesman. He was the sole Prime Minister of the Orange River Colony in South Africa and when that ceased to exist joined the cabinet of the newly formed Union of South Africa. He was studied at the South African College and he became a lawyer in Cape Colony.


Arthur Chaskalson


Arthur Chaskalson SCOB,  was President of the Constitutional Court of South Africa from 1994 to 2001 and Chief Justice of South Africa from 2001 to 2005. Chaskalson was a member of the defence team in the Rivonia Trialof 1963 n 2002 he was awarded the Order of the Baobab (Gold) for "exceptional service in law, constitutional jurisprudence and human rights".


Bram Fischer


Abraham Louis Fischer, commonly known as Bram Fischer, was a South African lawyer of Afrikaner descent, notable for anti-apartheid activism and for the legal defence of anti-apartheid figures, including Nelson Mandela at the Rivonia Trial. 


Barney Pityana

Nyameko Barney Pityana FKC GCOB  is a human rights lawyer and theologian in South Africa. He is an exponent of Black theology. Pityana received a degree from the University of South Africa in 1976 but was barred from practicing law in Port Elizabeth by the apartheid government.He is the President of Convocation of the University of Cape Town.

Brian Currin

Brian Currin  is a South African lawyer who was instrumental in the establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Currin practiced law in Pretoria from 1977-87, specializing in labour law and civil and human rights, and now works in mediation and institutional transformation. In 1994 he was appointed by South African President Nelson Mandela to chair a Prison Audit Committee and was subsequently involved in the creation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. In 1987 he founded the National Directorate of Lawyers for Human Rights which he headed for eight years.He has worked in Sri Lanka, Rwanda and the Middle East on political transformation. Currin now co-chairs the Sentence Review Commission in Northern Ireland, which decides on the early release of prisoners who have committed terrorism-related offences.

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