Justice Edwin Cameron, South African Constitutional Court on Constitutionalism and the Rule of Law in South Africa

Described by former South African President Nelson Mandela as one of South Africa’s ‘modern heroes’, Justice Edwin Cameron became a lawyer in the early 1980s during apartheid and has had an significant impact on the evolution of human rights law in South Africa and beyond. A former Rhodes Scholar, he was an outspoken critic of President Mbeki’s AIDS-denialist policies and wrote a prize-winning memoir, Witness to AIDS, which has been published across the world. Justice Cameron was the first senior official in South Africa to openly state that he was living with HIV/Aids. He has received many honours for his legal and human rights work, including a special award by the Bar of England and Wales in 2002 for his ‘contribution to international jurisprudence and the protection of human rights’ and is an honorary fellow of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies, London, and of Keble College, Oxford (2003), as well as an honorary bencher of the Middle Temple, London (2008).

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