Posted on December 18, 2013
Four students received prizes during the ceremony: The Nelson Mandela Prize for the best overall performance in the course was shared by Adrian Jjuuko and Precious Eriamiatoe. The Ubuntu Prize for the student who has best displayed the values of humanity during the year was awarded to Linette du Toit; The Keba M'Baye prize for the best dissertation was awarded to Daphine Agaba and the Victor Dankwa Prize was awarded to Adrian Jjuuko for the best performance in the module on Human Rights in Africa.
During the graduation ceremony five doctoral degrees were awarded, one of which was an honorary doctorate awarded to Justice Johann van der Westhuizen, judge of the Constitutional Court and founding director of the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria. In his acceptance speech titled ‘Madiba would have agreed: “The Law is for Protection of the People”’ Justice van der Westhuizen shared his thoughts on the qualities required for lawyers; independence; equality before the law; law as a tool; and the role of universities. The degree LLD (honoris causa) is awarded to Justice van der Westhuizen for his significant contribution to the South African human rights practice and discourse, as academic, constitutional expert and as Judge of the Constitutional Court.
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