Stellenbosch University’s 9th Annual Human Rights Lecture

Advocate Geoff Budlender SC delivered the 9th Human Rights Lecture at Stellenbosch University’s (SU) Law Faculty in early October.

The lecture is organised by the HF Oppenheimer Chair in Human Rights Law and the SU Faculty of Law and is a flagship event for the faculty. This year’s lecture was dedicated to the memory of SU’s late rector, Professor Russel Botman

You can read more about the lecture on the SU website.

Entitled Twenty Years of Democracy: The State of Human Rights, Advocate Budlender’s lecture was wide ranging, taking stock of where the country stands since the Bill of Rights was first introduced twenty years ago, covering the right to equality as set out in the Constitution and the serious threat that corruption poses to our constitutional democracy.

Our task is to ensure that the Constitution does its job. Ultimately, the best protection for the Constitution is the recognition by South Africans that the Constitution and the rights which it contains are a vital means of building a society in which all can live in dignity – in shorthand, a society in which there is a better life for all.

To download the full lecture click below:

Twenty Years of Democracy: The State of Human Rights

To read more about Advocate Budlender and his work as a human right’s lawyer, click here for an interview on

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