We asked Albie Sachs, a judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa, to comment on his current work and ideas that have influenced him…

Which of your own ideas have you been thinking about most recently?
Why do I confidently say that judges are among the great story-tellers of the twenty-first century?

What idea of someone else has made most impact on you recently?
Amartya Sen’s idea that a meaningful theory of justice should not aim to produce concepts of perfect justice, but rather to reduce levels of injustice in the world.

What is the most important book/article of ideas that everyone should read and why?
One sentence… Bertrand Russell’s statement that the most powerful word in the English language is ‘but’… but having made that proposition I must qualify it…