Philip A. Hart Memorial Lecture

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On April 4, 2012, Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke of the Republic of South Africa delivered the Georgetown Law Center’s thirty-second annual Philip A. Hart Lecture: “A Journey from the Heart of Apartheid Darkness towards a Just Society: Salient Features of the Budding Constitutionalism and Jurisprudence of South Africa.”

Moseneke earned a BA in English and political science, as well as a B Juris degree from University of South Africa and later completed an LLB. Justice Moseneke began his professional career in 1976 as an attorney’s clerk in Pretoria. In 1978 he was admitted and practiced for five years as an attorney and partner at the law firm Maluleke, Seriti and Moseneke. He was called to the Bar in 1983 and practiced as an advocate in Johannesburg and Pretoria. In 1993, he was elevated to the status of senior counsel.

Justice Moseneke served on the technical committee that drafted the interim constitution of 1993. In 1994, he was appointed Deputy Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission, which conducted the first democratic elections in South Africa. In September 1994, he accepted an acting appointment to the Transvaal Provincial Division of the Supreme Court. Before his appointment as Justice of the Constitutional Court, Justice Moseneke was a Judge of the High Court in Pretoria. In June 2005, Justice Moseneke was appointed Deputy Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa.

Justice Moseneke is a founding member of the Black Lawyers’ Association and of the National Association of Democratic Lawyers of South Africa. He has served in several community and non-governmental organizations, holds several honorary doctorates and has received numerous awards of honor, performance and excellence.

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This publication is the written version of the thirty-second annual Philip A. Hart Memorial Lecture, delivered at Georgetown University Law Center on April 4, 2012.