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Justice Dumisa Ntsebeza — a renowned South African lawyer, former acting judge, and current justice of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights — visited Notre Dame Law School as the Distinguished Global Jurist in Residence from January 21 to February 1.

Justice Ntsebeza made significant contributions toward ending the apartheid system and establishing a democratic society in South Africa. He earned his law degree while serving a five-and-a-half-year sentence in prison for political activism. Upon his release in the 1980s, he became a human rights lawyer for apartheid victims and political prisoners.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law Tladi Marumo, who is from South Africa, introduced Ntsebeza at the lecture on January 30. Marumo called him “a valiant political activist, renowned academic, a legal practitioner of unassailable integrity and jurist of venerable stature.” To the people of Africa, he said, Ntsebeza is affectionately known as “the peoples’ advocate.”

Justice Dumisa Ntsebeza spoke in the McCartan Courtroom on January 30, 2023

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