Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson, President of the ICJ and Deputy Chief Justice Pius Langa of the South African Constitutional Court have won the 2004 Peter Gruber International Justice Prize for Advancing Equality and Human Rights.
“We are delighted by this recognition given to the work of two outstanding proponents of the rule of law and human rights”, said ICJ Secretary General Nicholas Howen.
Arthur Chaskalson (photo) and Pius Langa, two eminent jurists from South Africa have worked to redress their country’s past decades of political, social and economic inequality. The two men have helped shape the Constitutional Court, established after South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994, into one of the world’s pre-eminent courts.
The official citation reads: “With different life experiences and varied professional backgrounds Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson and Deputy Chief Justice Pius Langa of the South African Constitutional Court have worked as an exemplary team at the head of an outstanding and innovative court, restraining arbitrary power and laying firm foundations for enduring justice and equality in the former citadel of racism and injustice”.NewsPress releases