Justice S. Sandile Ngcobo, the former Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa, was born in Durban on March 1, 1953. He received his undergraduate B. Proc degree from the University of Zululand in 1975, earning distinctions in constitutional law, mercantile law and accounting. He received an LLB degree from the University of Natal, Durban in 1985. After completing an orientation course on the United States' legal system offered by the International Law Institute at the Georgetown Law Centre in Washington, D.C., in 1985, he attended Harvard Law School and received an LLM degree in 1986, concentrating on constitutional law, labour law, international legal process and international human rights. Justice Ngcobo was the beneficiary of a scholarship from Barclays Bank between 1973 and 1976, Fulbright Scholarship in 1986 and a recipient of a Harvard Law School Human Rights Fellowship. His career was interrupted for one year in 1976 when he was detained and held in solitary confinement following the student uprising in 1976. After practicing as an attorney, including as Acting Director of the Legal Aid Services Clinic of the University of Natal, and as an advocate, he joined the South African judiciary in 1996. He was appointed to the Constitutional Court by former President Nelson Mandela in 1999 and became Chief Justice in 2009. Justice Ngcobo is currently the Archibald Cox Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He was awarded the 2012 Sir Sydney and Lady Felicia Award for Contribution to Law and Justice in Southern Africa and the Ethekwini Living Legend Award of Durban's Ethekwini Municipality, and he was recently elected Honorary Vice - President of the General Council of the South African Bar.
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