You are here

The dangers of a nationalistic view on human rights

Following the death of human rights lawyer Jules Browde, Matthew Rogers asks why pridefulness is risking the international reputations of the UK and South Africa

3 June 2016

Eminent South African (SA) human rights activist and Jewish communal leader Jules Browde passed away this week aged 98. In a legal career spanning over 50 years, Browde fought against the apartheid regime and helped co-found Lawyers for Human Rights.

Browde will be remembered for defending Nelson Mandela - whom he befriended at law school in the aftermath of the Second World War - and fellow politician Oliver Tambo, among other anti-apartheid activists. Described by his former university as a 'bold-hearted campaigner against injustice', Browde has been praised for his commitment 'to securing basic equity for all South Africans'.

When SA emerged from apartheid to pass the Constitution of South Africa in 1996, which embedded a Bill of Rights, the nation rejoiced and looked to a brighter and safer future. The SA Bill of Rights shares similarities with the UK's Human Rights Act (HRA)...

Want to read on?

This article is part of our subscription-based access. Please pick one of the options below to continue.

Already registered? Login to access premium content

SUBSCRIBE for one User

Unlimited access to the entire SJ website for a full year for one user.

  • 10 issues a year delivered to you
  • Digital edition of the magazine for one user – sent to your inbox or accessible through the website
  • Access to premium content on the website
  • Access to the fully searchable online archive of Solicitors Journal, Managing Partner and Private Client Adviser, which spans over 13 years
  • Weekly email newsletter with all the latest news, analysis and features
  • Comment on SJ content and contribute to the SJ community online
  • Advanced search feature
  • Online support
  • Access to SJ app compatible with Android and Apple devices – coming soon!
  • 6 special focuses per year
  • Special offers and discounts on Solicitors Journal and IICJ events

Subscribe

CORPORATE SUBSCRIPTION

Your department or entire firm can subscribe to Solicitors Journal online, providing easy access for all who require it. Discount corporate subscription rates apply, based on number of users.

The Corporate IP Licence includes:

  • Digital copy of the magazine sent to individuals’ inboxes and accessible through the website. Solicitors Journal publishes 10 issues per year
  • Unlimited access to premium content on the website based on IP addresses
  • Unlimited access to the fully searchable online archive of Solicitors Journal, Managing Partner and Private Client Adviser, which spans over 13 years
  • Weekly email newsletter with all the latest news, analysis and features
  • Comment on SJ content and contribute to the SJ community online (username required)
  • Unlimited access to SJ app compatible with Android and Apple devices
  • 6 special focuses per year
  • Special offers and discounts on Solicitors Journal and IICJ events

The Corporate IP Licence is tailored to your firm, making it the most cost effective way for the firm to access Solicitors Journal, and enables the firm to remain compliant with copyright and our Terms and Conditions. This gives you the ability to print and circulate articles within the firm.

To enquire about a Corporate IP Licence for your firm, please contact our Subscriptions Manager on emily.beechey@solicitorsjournal.com.