Fatima Hassan, Tom & Andi Bernstein Fellow, "Law in the Struggle for Social Justice in South Africa"
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Tuesday, November 06, 2012
6:10 PM - 7:45 PM
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Fatima Hassan is the Tom and Andi Bernstein Senior Visiting Human Rights Fellow at Yale Law School. She is a human rights lawyer, activist, and has worked on public interest litigation, education, training, and legal reform on behalf of people with HIV/AIDS in South Africa through her decade long work with the AIDS Law Project, and through her legal representation of, among others, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC).
She completed her legal training at Wits University and is a former research fellow with the Constitutional Court of South Africa under Justice O’Regan. She attended Duke University (USA) under the Constitutional Court’s Franklin Thomas Fellowship to complete her LL.M in law. When she returned, she monitored South Africa’s HIV/AIDS treatment program, bringing together more than 20 civil society organizations to provide oversight through the JCSMF, as well as litigating key cases against pharmaceutical companies, business and government.
She led the Western Cape Civil Society Task Team against Xenophobia in 2008 and helped coordinate humanitarian and legal support to thousands of people displaced by xenophobic strife in the Western Cape.
Included in several editions of the ‘Mail & Guardian / MTN Book of Women’ and the Financial Mail’s ‘Little Black Book’ she was also selected by the Mail & Guardian in 2005 as one of the nation’s 20 most influential “under-40-year-olds” to influence the period 2005 – 2014.
In September 2008 she left the ALP s a result of being appointed Special Adviser to the interim Minister of Health, Ms Barbara Hogan. She continued being a Special Adviser to Minister Hogan when she was subsequently appointed as the Minister of Public Enterprises, until September 2010.
Fatima is also a founding director of Medicins Sans Fronteires (MSF) South Africa, and currently serves as a Trustee of a Foundation that funds social justice work in SA. She is on the Global Advisory Board of the ITPC.
She is a founding Co-Trustee of Ndifuna Ukwazi (Dare to Know). At present, she is working as the Co-Director of Ndifuna Ukwazi.
Please enter the organization/office sponsoring the event::Schell Center for International Human Rights