UKZN Invitation to a Public Lecture by Judge Zakeria Yacoob -
March 19, 2014
You are cordially invited to a Public Lecture on “Socio-Economic Human Rights in South Africa”
by retired Constitutional Judge Zakeria Yacoob.
Date: Tuesday, 25 March 2014
Time: 12h30 - 14h00
Venue: Senate Chamber, Westville Campus, University of KwaZulu-Natal
RSVP: Pamela Adams: firstname.lastname@example.org, Telephone: 031 260 7718
Please see invitation for more information.
Issued by Corporate Relations
ZAKERIA YACOOB retired as a judge of the Constitutional Court after 15 years service on 31 January 2013. He has been blind from infancy. He studied at the
Arthur Blaxall School for the blind in Durban. Justice Yacoob completed his BA LLB at the University of Durban-Westville at the end of 1972 and practiced at the then Natal Bar as junior and senior counsel until 31January 1998. While in practice as an advocate, in addition to commercial work, he was engaged in community activities; a member of the underground of the ANC; defended political prisoners charged under unjust apartheid laws; did cases to help victims of detention,
house arrest and other restrictive orders. He was a member of the negotiation process and in particular was a member of the Justice Yacoob was also a member of the IEC that was responsible for South Africa’s democratic election in 1994 and a member of the Independent Panel of Experts that he has participated in many international conferences, largely on human and socioeconomic rights. He taught at International Law Schools in Seattle, Melbourne, Maryland and has regularly
taught Constitutional law in the joint programme between The Howard Law School Washington and the University of the Western Cape. Well known in national and international legal circles for his contribution to the socioeconomic rights jurisprudence of our country. Yacoob has received 2 Honorary Doctorates in Law from University of Fort Hare and UKZN. After his retirement , he received the 2013 Felicia and Sydney Kentridge Award for Service to the Law in Southern Africa. Since his retirement he has: delivered papers and talks in Canada and locally on various topics and as a guest of various institution; and ran an enquiry for the Minister of Finance into the conduct of the then commissioner of the SA Revenue Services. He is involved in various voluntary activities such as: ongoing judicial
education; participating in the work of NADEL, the LRC and Equal Education; serving on boards of civil society organisations like Section 27 and Socio-Economic Rights Institute, (SERI); chairing the SA National Aids Council Trust and working with the KwaZulu Natal Blind and Deaf Society as its President. Yacoob is involved in legal education at local universities such as WITS where he is currently involved as a visiting Professor of Law.