One of South Africa’s leading human rights lawyers, George Bizos, is touring Australia to present public lectures on human rights in pre-and post-apartheid South Africa.

His tour is timely given 2010 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Nelson Mandela from prison.

George Bizos is a renowned human rights lawyer who has had a long association with Nelson Mandela. Bizos was also part of the team which defended Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki and others in the Rivonia Trial 1963/4.

Bizos has more recently appeared as counsel at the inquest into Steve Biko’s death in police custody.

He also recently defended Morgan Tswangarai against treason charges in Zimbabwe.

Appointed by the then President Mandela to the Judicial Services Commission, Bizos also led the South African Government team that argued that the death penalty was unconstitutional.

Bizos has received numerous prestigious South African and International awards for his work in promoting democracy and his dedication to human rights.

He has written two books, No one to Blame? and Odyssey to Freedom.

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