Oral history interview with Arthur Chaskalson 1999


Chaskalson, Arthur (Interviewee)
Morris, Len (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Arthur Chaskalson 1999
Other Titles
Reminiscences of Arthur Chaskalson : oral history, 1999
(born 1931) Establishment of Legal Resources Centre [LRC] 1978: position as director 1978-1993, initial funding by Carnegie Corporation of New York [Carnegie], Ford Foundation, and Rockefeller Brothers Fund; LRC' s close relationship with Centre for Applied Legal Studies: separate entity from LRC, research focused; shaping of LRC goals: free legal services for poor blacks, resistance through the l aw, identifying important issues and impact work, generating a culture of self-assertion; LRC efforts to avoid governmental ban: keeping a low profile, asking leading members of the profession to serve as trustees of the Legal Resources Trust; LRC's growth in staff, offices, and impact; LRC's litigation work: pass laws, the Komani case--challenge to validity of location regulation, residence rights and employment contracts, development of fair labor practices, the Group Areas Act; work during state of emergency in mid-1980s, rise in anti-apartheid movement and external pressure from international community; LRC's current role: the legacy of apartheid, making use of the constitution and legislation; 1994 appointment as first President of South Africa's Constitutional Court.
Collection Name
Carnegie Corporation project. Part 2
Judges--South Africa; Legal assistance to the poor--South Africa; Blacks--Legal status, laws, etc.--South Africa; Anti-apartheid movements--South Africa; Land tenure--Law and legislation--South Africa; Chaskalson, Arthur; Legal Resources Centre (South Africa); University of the Witwatersrand. Centre for Applied Legal Studies; Carnegie Corporation of New York; South Africa; Group Areas Act
oral histories
Physical Description
62 pages
Note (Biographical)
Note (Funding)
Digital reproduction funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Carnegie Corporation of New York
Digitized by Safe Sound Archive, Philadelphia, 2010.
Interviewed by Len Morris, Aug. 7, 1999.
Consists of the audio portion of a videotaped interview.
Service copy (44 kHz, 16 bit) and rendered version (96 kHz, 24 bit) of sound file derived from a digital preservation master digitized at 96 kHz, 24 bit.
Note (Provenance)
Gift of Arthur Chaskalson
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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Carnegie Corporation Oral History Project [Staging]
Oral History Archives at Columbia
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