South African judge visits law school

Justice Zak Yacoob of the South African Constitutional Court is sharing his expertise in international law and socio-economic rights with students and faculty at Seattle University School of Law. Yacoob is teaching a one-credit course in the area and meeting informally with professors.

Yacoob has a particular interest in the enforcement of socio-economic rights by courts and has written several judgments on the topic. He has been blind almost all his life, but went to a special school and earned a law degree at an apartheid university for Indians.

Yacoob practiced for 25 years, focusing on using the law in the struggle against apartheid and for democracy. He was a member of the underground of the African National Congress and other community organizations helping to mobilize communities.

He was a member of the Independent Electoral Commission and of the Independent Panel of Experts that advised the National Assembly on the drafting of the South African Constitution.

He and his wife, Anu, have two children.

For more information, contact Junsen Ohno at 206.398.4283 or

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