Third Memorial Lecture

Above: Some of the Omar family members with, from left to right, Prof. Renfrew Christie (Dean of Research and Chairperson of the CLC Board), Prof. Lovell Fernandez (Law Professor), Premier Ebrahim Rasool (Premier of the Western Cape), Prof. Nico Steytler (Director of CLC), Judge Arthur Chaskalson (Keynote speaker), Prof. Brian O'Connell (Rector of UWC), Authur James (Webber Wentzel Bowens)


  • Justice Arthur Chaskalson
  • Former Chief Justice of South Africa

Judge Arthur Chaskalson gave a summary of the various socio-economic rights-related cases that had been heard before the Constitutional Courts whilst he was Chief Justice of South Africa. He highlighted the tensions that existed with individual cases, such as the Grootboom, Soobramoney and the Treatment Action Campaign cases. He spoke about the obligation of the state, the justiciability of socio-economic rights and the rights enshrined in the Constitution.