The Honorable Kate O’Regan, former judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa, delivered the 2012-2013 Judge Jon O. Newman Lecture on Global Justice on Sept. 13, 2012, at Yale Law School. The lecture was titled “A Forum for Reason: Reflections on the Role and Work of South Africa’s Constitutional Court.”
Kate O’Regan was appointed by Nelson Mandela in 1994 as a judge of the newly established Constitutional Court of South Africa. She served the maximum term of office of 15 years before retiring in 2009. She is currently president of the International Monetary Fund Administrative Tribunal, a member of the Sanctions Board of the World Bank, and an ad hoc judge of the Namibian Supreme Court. From 2008-2012, she served as the inaugural chairperson of the United Nations Internal Justice Council.
The Judge Jon O. Newman Lecture is an annual lecture in global justice, or public international, human rights, or comparative law, by a distinguished individual who is not a citizen of, and does not reside in, the United States.