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Constitutionalism and Diversity: Sexual Orientation in South Africa
September 10, 2011 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
South African Constitutional Court Justice Edwin Cameron will speak about his country’s post-apartheid efforts to guarantee rights for gay, lesbian, trans-gendered and queer citizens, referring to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow Nation: Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Activism in South Africa,” a 2008 article by Ryan Richard Thoreson published in the Journal of South African Studies. Cameron has served on the Constitutional Court, South Africa’s highest on constitutional matters, since January 1, 2009. He was also a Supreme Court of Appeal judge, a leading human rights lawyer, a prominent critic of former President Thabo Mbeki’s AIDS-denialist policies, and author of Witness to AIDS. In 2002, the Bar of England and Wales gave Cameron a special award for his ‘contribution to international jurisprudence and the protection of human rights.’
Cosponsored by the Kenan Institute for Ethics, the Franklin Humanities Institute, the Concilium on Southern Africa, the Center for International and Comparative Law, the program in study of sexualities and Duke’s Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Life.