Art and Human Rights in the Constitutional Court of South Africa

  • Albie Sachs
Part of the Global Transformations in Media and Communication Research - A Palgrave and IAMCR Series book series (GTMCR)


Sachs demonstrates how South African Constitutional Court building purposely and comprehensively incorporated art and sculpture in its everyday environment as a significant method of transmitting dramatic changes in its system of justice in a post-apartheid era. Court personnel, judges, defendants, and prosecutors and the society at large continue to engage with the resulting powerful visual cues and embodiments. Sachs documents how the Court has become a dynamic reservoir of images of change, underscoring a significant narrative of the search for justice and the significance of a continuing transition. Invoking the need to move beyond old paradigms, Sachs emphasizes that the dramatic architectural contributions to the building design combined with the paintings and sculpture show how art and human rights overlap and reinforce each other.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Albie Sachs
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  1. 1.Constitutional Court of South AfricaJohannesburgSouth Africa

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