Oral history interview with Geoffrey Budlender, 1999


Budlender, Geoffrey, 1949- (Interviewee)
Morris, Len (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Geoffrey Budlender, 1999
Other Titles
Reminiscences of Geoffrey Budlender : oral history, 1999
Establishment of Legal Resource Centre [LRC]: support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Ford Foundation; shaping of LRC's purpose: to protect people, create change through the law, provide legal aid for blacks; tension between strategic policy work and daily service work; oppressive rule and apartheid in South Africa: growing resistance in mid-1980s and increasingly lawless govern ment retaliation; LRC's legal opposition of the government, play on government's fear of creating a negative image, test court cases, difficulty with bureaucracy and enforcing favorable judgments, dependence on judge's view; test case examples: pass laws, Group Areas Act; work with Centre for Applied Legal Studies; litigation regarding forced removals in Dreifontein community, denationalization, exclusion of women from the election of the KwaNdebele Legislative Assembly; protection of blacks against harassment and threats; impact of LRC: legal work enabling community unification and resistance, making a difference in daily lives, education and training for individuals in future judiciary, governmental, and other positions, promotion of law as an instrument for justice; position in new South African government, Director General of the Department of Land Affairs
Collection Name
Carnegie Corporation project. Part 2
Lawyers--South Africa; Apartheid--Law and legislation--South Africa; Black people--Legal status, laws, etc.--South Africa; Budlender, Geoffrey, 1949-; Legal Resources Centre (South Africa); Carnegie Corporation of New York; South Africa; Group Areas Act
oral histories
Physical Description
29 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
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 Geoffrey Budlender
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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