Faculty at New York Law School organized and hosted “The Conference to Honor South African Legal Scholar Heinz Klug” to highlight Klug’s important research contributions in comparative, constitutional and human rights law. Klug is University of Wisconsin Law School’s Evjue-Bascom Professor of Law.
The conference, held on June 4, featured legal thinkers from Wisconsin and from around the world. UW Law Professor Alexandra Huneeus participated on a panel focused on human rights and international law that also included Klug’s former doctoral students Zozo Dyani-Mhango and Wesahl Domingo, both currently of the University of Witwatersrand Law School in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Klug’s early experiences growing up in Durban, South Africa, shaped his work as a legal scholar. He participated in the country’s anti-apartheid struggle and was later forced to spend eleven years in political exile. He returned to South Africa in 1990 to serve on the African National Congress Land Commission.
Klug has taught since 1996 at UW Law, where he also earned his S.J.D. His first book, “Constituting Democracy,” published in 2000, focused on the making of South Africa’s constitution as it transitioned from apartheid to democracy. His current research includes a book project examining constitution-building in seven post-colonial states across Africa.
Submitted by Law School News on June 6, 2019