Microfilm of papers of Dr Albert Louis (Albie) Sachs, lawyer and political activist, concerning legal cases and political trials of approximately 100 individuals, in South Africa, 1956-1968; charges include murder, sabotage, rape, contravention of Emergency Regulations, membership of the Pan African Congress, incitement, distribution of banned literature, banning orders, arson, corruption, race classification and entering native locations.
SACHS, Albert Louis (Albie) (b 1935)
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- ReferenceGB 101 ICS 142
- Dates of Creation1956-1968
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Descriptionapprox. 100 fiches
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Albie (Albert Louis) Sachs was born in Johannesburg on 30 January 1935, matriculated at the South African College School (SACS) in Cape Town in 1950, and attended the University of Cape Town, where he obtained the degrees BA. and LL.B. He started his practice as an Advocate at the Cape Town Bar in 1957 and worked mainly in the civil rights sphere until he was himself twice detained without trial by the Security Police. In 1966 he went into exile in England where he completed a Ph.D at the University of Sussex (1971) and taught in the Law Faculty of the University of Southampton (1970 - 1977). He was the first Nuffield Fellow of Socio-Legal Studies, at Bedford College, London, and Wolfson College, Cambridge.
In 1977 he took up a position as Professor of Law at the Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo, Mozambique. From 1983 onwards he served as Director of Research in the Ministry of Justice. After nearly being killed by a car bomb in 1988 he returned to England. In 1978 Sachs became the founding Director of the South Africa Constitution Studies Centre, based at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London. In 1992 the Centre moved to the University of the Western Cape, where he was made Professor Extraordinary. He was also appointed Honorary Professor in the Law Faculty at the University of Cape Town. He took an active part in the negotiations for a new Constitution as a member of the Constitutional Committee of the ANC and of the National Executive of that organisation. He is currently a Judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa.
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The papers were returned to South Africa in 1996, and a microform copy retained by ICS.
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Compiled by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.
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Location of Originals
The originals are now in the Mayibuye Centre, University of Western Cape, Private Bag X17, Bellville 7535, South Africa.