Albert van der Sandt Centlivres

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The Hon. Mr Justice
Albert van der Sandt Centlivres
10th Chief Justice of South Africa
In office
Appointed by Gideon Brand van Zyl
Preceded by Ernest Frederick Watermeyer
Succeeded by Henry Allan Fagan
Judge of Appeal of the Supreme Court of South Africa
In office
Appointed by Sir Patrick Duncan
Judge of the Cape Provincial Division
In office
Appointed by The Earl of Clarendon
Personal details
Born 13 January 1887
Cape Town, Cape Colony
Died 19 September 1966
Cape Town, Cape Province, South Africa
Nationality South African
Alma mater South African College; New College, Oxford
Occupation Judge
Profession Lawyer

Albert van der Sandt Centlivres (13 January 1887–19 September 1966[1]) was the Chief Justice of South Africa from 1950 to 1957.[2]

Born in Cape Town, Centlivres studied Classics at the South African College (now the University of Cape Town) and at Law at New College, Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He was called to the bar by the Middle Temple in 1910 and took silk in 1927.[2] In 1935 he was appointed a judge of the Cape Provincial Division, and in 1939 he became a Judge of Appeal in the Appellate Division, South Africa's highest court.[2]

Centlivres was Chancellor of the University of Cape Town from 1950 until his death in 1966.[3] The Centlivres Building on the university's upper campus is named after him.

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  1. ^ "In Memoriam: The Hon. A. v. d. S. Centlivres". South African Law Journal. 83: 387. 1966. 
  2. ^ a b c Zimmermann, Reinhard; Visser, Daniel, eds. (1996). Southern cross: civil law and common law in South Africa. Oxford University Press. p. 126. 
  3. ^ "University community called to nominate candidates for chancellor". Monday Paper. University of Cape Town. 29 March 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2011. 
Legal offices
Preceded by
Ernest Frederick Watermeyer
Chief Justice of South Africa
Succeeded by
Henry Alan Fagan
Academic offices
Preceded by
Jan Smuts
Chancellor of the University of Cape Town
Succeeded by
Harry Oppenheimer