Pius Langa

2004 Justice Prize

Laureate Profile

As an advocate and as a judge, Deputy Chief Justice Pius Langa has helped to establish his country’s Constitution as a model for modern democratic societies. He shares his expertise and experience in a number of countries struggling with regime change and new democracies, including Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, the Fiji Islands, and Tanzania. He believes that a culture of rights depends on our ability to respect the rights of the weakest and the worst among us, and that a constitution can place constraints on society that help society preserve its own morality.