Human Rights and the South African Freedom Charter: Law, Justice and Political Movements took place on Thursday, June 16, 2005. South Africa Partners, Northeastern University School of Law and the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School co-hosted this symposium ten days prior to the 50th Anniversary of the South African Freedom Charter. The symposium considered the historic role of this document in advancing a platform of economic, social and cultural rights throughout the world. It also examined the role of the Charter in mobilizing mass participation and international support for the South African struggle.
Guests included: Chief Justice Pius Langa and Justice Zakeria Yacoob (Constitutional Court of South Africa), Chief Justice Margaret Marshall (Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts), Professor Makau Mutua (University of Buffalo School of Law), Bill Fletcher (President, TransAfrica Forum), Professor Cheryl Harris (UCLA School of Law), Jeannette Ndhlovu (Consul-General of the Republic of South Africa in Los Angeles), and Professor Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. (Harvard Law School).