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Nelson Mandela University‘s Faculty of Law will host a webinar by former South African Deputy Chief Justice, Dikgang Moseneke, based on his recently published book, All Rise: A Judicial Memoir.

The book is Justice Moseneke’s second memoir, after his highly successful personal memoir, My Own Liberator, which was published in 2016.

A doyen in the legal fraternity who has served the country in many ways, including in the Constitutional Court, Justice Moseneke is known for his commitment to social justice and human rights for all South Africans, as enshrined in the Constitution.

His latest memoir, according to its publisher Pan Mcmillan, offers a unique, insider’s view of how the judicial system operates at its best and how it responds when it is under fire. It aims to spark conversations about the current state of the country’s judiciary.

“This judicial memoir would not have been possible if I had not been privileged by my country to serve its people as a servant of the public,” his book dedication begins.

“Perforce, I dedicate this memoir to all the people of our land and of Africa who deserve respect, freedom and social justice.  Absent which, I pray, they will know and will revolt, so that they all rise.”

The former Deputy Chief Justice also pays homage to leading women judges, who have presided over some significant

“I collect the frontrunners of women from 1994, who most of you overlook, who were judges and pay tribute to them. The style of the book is to be inclusive,” Justice Moseneke says in a video released by the publisher online.

“It is a book that talks about all of us rising … [and] becoming part of a larger, inclusive and diverse project – which are things I believe very strongly in.”

Justice Moseneke has an association with Mandela University, particularly through the Faculty of Law.  He was the then newly renamed and rebranded Nelson Mandela University’s first honorary doctorate recipient in 2017, which he said in his acceptance speech reinforced his longstanding and close relationship with Madiba.

Executive Dean of the Faculty of Law, Prof Avinash Govindjee, will be the discussant in the webinar, after which a question and answer session will be afforded for attendees to engage with the author.

“It is a sincere privilege to be able to engage in conversation with Justice Moseneke, and to have the opportunity to pose questions that are relevant for our students and the way in which they think about the future of our society,” says Prof Govindjee.

“Justice Moseneke’s insights on a range of matters emanating from All Rise: A Judicial Memoir are likely to be invaluable in shaping the work of the Faculty of Law at Mandela, which strives to produce the next generation of top jurists in service to society.”

The webinar will be live at 14:00 tomorrow (21 October) at:

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