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Justice – A Personal Account | Autobiography

Edwin Cameron


Edwin Cameron’s gripping and revealing new book is part memoir and part ode to the law. The book opens at the funeral of Cameron’s sister Laura when he was just seven. His father was accompanied by prison officials, having been briefly let out of prison for the occasion. This was the young Cameron’s first exposure to the law...

In Justice, Cameron explains and defends the role of the law in South Africa’s continuing transition. He draws on his own life experience – of poverty, of a youth spent in a children’s home, of his differentness and of stigma – to illustrate the power and the limitations of the law.

Cameron argues his case – that the Constitution offers South Africans our best chance for a just society – with personal passion, but also with the insights gained from hard years of judicial experience. Published in the run-on to the national election, Justice comes at a critical time in our country. 

"The flow and integration are excellent. The ending is powerful and very meaningful.  A really different and special and hopeful and great addition to our legal literature, and a courageous and constructive and encouraging autobiographical contribution. I am sure it will be received with enthusiasm and acclaim". – Justice Laurie Ackermann

"A remarkable integration of fascinating and often moving personal memoir, professional reminiscence and acute historical analysis of South African law, politics and society." – Sir Sydney Kentridge, QC

[A]n enormously compelling work of advocacy for constitutional democracy, uniquely compelling, in fact, because nobody else could possibly have written it. The way Cameron uses his position and stature and personal history to tell a story about the public values that ought to constitute our common world is admirable and enormously creative. ... a powerful piece of propaganda in the debate about what it is that we have transitioned to; I hope it gets read very widely, widely enough to challenge the rival propagandas. – Johnny Steinberg

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Justice – A Personal Account | Autobiography

Author: Edwin Cameron
Category: Autobiography
ISBN: 9780624063056
Date Released: 01 February 2014
Price (incl. VAT): R 295.00
Format: Soft cover, 208pp

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Edwin Cameron

Edwin Cameron has been a Justice of South Africa’s highest court, the Constitutional Court, since 1 January 2009.   Cameron was educated at Pretoria Boys’...