The Pretoria University Law Press (PULP) invites you to the virtual book launch of A LIFE INTERRUPTED: Essays in honour of the lives and legacies of Christof Heyns, edited by Frans Viljoen, Charles Fombad, Dire Tladi, Ann Skelton and Magnus Killander (2022).

Monday 10 January 2022
15:00 – 16:00 (SAST/ CET) Online (Zoom)


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This volume of essays, A life interrupted: essays in honour of the lives and legacies of Christof Heyns, honours Christof Heyns, renowned human rights lawyer, advocate, activist and educator, but also down-to-earth family man, friend and colleague.

This collection contains two sets of essays by family members, friends, colleagues, collaborators and students. Part A contains essays of a more reflective and personal nature, while the contributions in Part B link to thecscholarly or academic themes Christof had worked on and explored, includingcinternational human rights systems, international law, the right to life, freedomcof association, international humanitarian law, the impact of human rightsctreaties, constitutionalism and legal philosophy. However, a neat distinctioncbetween the personal and professional is not possible in respect of such a warm, generous and enthusiastic person as Christof. Most of the essays in Part A integrate some of Christof’s professional and academic achievements, while many of the essays in Part B also reflect on Christof as a person.

Christof’s sudden and most untimely passing on 28 March 2021 deeply saddened those close to him but also evinced an outpouring of grief from the national and international human rights community. His passing brought a deep sense of loss, in part because, at age 62, he was fully engaged in contributing to the betterment of society and still had so much more to give. His is a life interrupted. But at the same time, looking back over the varied lives he lived, he had already left his mark in so many ways. His influences and impacts are manifold and magical. This collection not only testifies to the legacy that he has left us, but also to the ongoing efforts of many to continue building on his legacy.

The event will be live streamed on social media and the recording will be available on YouTube. A podcast of the launch will be available after the event. A post-launch release sharing the highlights of the event.

Event programme


Frans Viljoen
Director Centre for Human Rights


  • Professor Tawana Kupe
    Vice Chancellor and Principal, University of Pretoria
  • Fearika Heyns
  • Murray Hofmeyr
  • Ann Skelton
  • Charles Fombad
  • Dire Tladi
  • Magnus Killander


PULP is an open-access publisher based at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, of which Christof was a founder. Keeping with PULP’s access to information policy - all the books are available online, in electronic format, at no charge.


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