Soft Vengeance: An Interview with South Africa’s Albie Sachs

ICTJ Vice President Paul Seils interviewed South African judge and human rights activist Albie Sachs.

02/24/2022

South African judge and human rights activist Albie Sachs is among the foremost transitional justice experts to have emerged from the anti-apartheid struggle and subsequent transition. In this April 17, 2013 interview with ICTJ Vice President Paul Seils, Sachs discusses the difficult balance of retribution and reconciliation, offers his thoughts on how different forms of repression can shape transitional justice mechanisms and the possible lessons from the South African experience for other societies facing similar questions of truth and justice.