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NOVA to grant Honoris Causa Doctorate to Judge Albie Sachs, human rights activist

Doutoramento Honoris Causa_Juiz Albie Sachs
14 February 2018
Rectorate of Universidade NOVA de Lisboa


On initiative of Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas (NOVA FCSH) and Faculdade de Direito, NOVA is granting the title of Doctor Honoris Causa to Judge Albert Louis Sachs, former Judge of South Africa's Constitutional Court.

The ceremony will take place on February 14 at 5 pm, at the Rectoracte of NOVA. 

His Excellency, the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will attend this ceremony. Other personalities such as the President of the Supreme Court of Justice and the Minister of Justice will also attend.

Professor Francisco Caramelo, Dean of NOVA FCSH, will be the patron and Professor Teresa Pizarro Beleza, Dean of Faculdade de Direito, will give the laudation of the awardee.

Albie Sachs, name by which is known, was born in 1935 in South Africa and has dedicated his life to democracy, freedom and human rights in his country. He was a Lawyer, Professor and Activist, committed against Apartheid. He spent a period in jail and in exile, having lost his right arm and part of his sight in an attack when he was living in Mozambique.

He is one of the of the main authors of the text of the Constitution in his country, mainly the part that refers to the fundamental rights. After the first free elections in South Africa in 1994, he was nominated by Nelson Mandela as Judge of the new Constitutional Court. He is the author of several books, part of which reflect his work as a Judge and also as a resistent, democrat and constitionalist.

Registration is necessary until February 8th, through the registration plartform.

More information: nova.comunica@unl.pt


5 pm | Auditorium

  • Academic procession enters the Auditorium
  • Speaker, Prof. Teresa Pizarro Beleza, gives her speech
  • Conferment of Honorary Title
  • Awardee gives his speech
  • NOVA Choir performance
  • Rector gives his speech
  • Ceremony ends with the exit of the academic procession 


  • Greetings session