A Towering but Modest Judicial Figure: The Case of Arthur Chaskalson

In 1994 South Africa became a constitutional democracy . As part of the new governance project , a new apex court was created , the South African Constitutional Court . Its first head was a leading member of the South African Bar and the head of the country’s preeminent public interest law firm , the Legal Resources Centre –Arthur Chaskalson SC .
Within a decade this new Court had gained widespread legitimacy and produced a coherent constitutional jurisprudence on which future Courts could build. This paper examines the role that the first president of the Court , Justice Chaskalson played in this achievement .