In 1996, the International Association of Democratic Lawyers convened its 14th Congress in Cape Town, South Africa. The Congress, which celebrated two years of a free South Africa, was attended and greeted by President Nelson Mandela.

In a tragic occasion, three participants in the Congress, Prof. Haywood Burns, Shanara Gilbert and Felicia Roberts, lost their lives in a car crash during the proceedings. The Congress’ ongoing work was dedicated to their memory.

Bill Bowring of the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, the IADL member association in the UK, reported on the Congress for Socialist Lawyer in 1996. The contemporaneous report below provides a summary of the Congress’ activities and remains a valuable historical document for the IADL.

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