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Sunday, 20 April 2014

SADC Judges Support Programme

The DGRU's SADC Judges Support Project recently won a seed grant from the World Justice Challenge which is an open competition designed to strengthen the rule of law. The competition provides an opportunity for individuals to identify areas where the rule of law needs improvement in the country in which they live or work and test practical solutions on the ground. The challenge is run by the World Justice Project.

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Podcast: Thu 10 Apr 2014: ProBono Law with Christopher Oxtoby from DGRU

Patrick’s expert guest was Christopher Oxtoby who spoke about the current round of Judicial Service Commission interviews for judicial appointments. Christopher is a researcher with the Democratic Governance and Rights Unit at the University of Cape Town (DGRU). Admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa, holds a Bachelor of Social Science and an LL.B degree (cum laude) from the University of Cape Town, and an LL.M degree from New York University. Main areas of research currently are judicial governance and the separation of powers.

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Cutting Edge New Programme in Social Justice, Criminology (incl Forensics), Law & Development

Public Law is offering a new interdisciplinary LLM/MPhil programme which will appeal to students with interests in law and society, criminology, law and development and social justice.

The programme aims at developing interdisciplinary skills in theory and research methods and offers a range of speciality courses including social justice; forensics and the law; punishment and human rights; policing, victimology and international criminal law.

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Press release: CGE postpones its Judicial Transformation Inquiry

The long-awaited inquiry into the slow pace of gender transformation in the Judiciary to be convened by the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) in Pretoria on 24 and 25 July 2013, has been postponed.

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Prof Manjoo reports on "States accountable for investigating and preventing violence against women"

GENEVA (10 June 2013) – States need to be held accountable not only for investigating all acts of violence against women but also for failing to prevent such violence, an independent United Nations human rights expert has said.

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Prof Manjoo reports to the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York

Click here to read the full statement.

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Its time to break the judiciary's glass ceiling

On Friday 12 October, the Democratic Governance & Rights Unit (DGRU) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) laid a formal complaint with the office of the Commission for Gender Equality, on behalf of UCT and Sonke Gender Justice Network (Sonke) calling on the Commission to investigate the lack of gender transformation in the judiciary.

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Australian study tour report: visit of the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women 10-12 April 2012

From 10-20 April 2012, the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, including its causes and consequences, Ms Rashida Manjoo, undertook a study tour in Australia.

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Bring law to govern class actions, urges scholar

Class action is a headache for authorities. On the one hand, it is often regarded as the last resort for large groups seeking relief for the infringement of their human rights and freedoms. On the other hand, critics see class action as a threat to big business.

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Invitation - Using Asset Forfeiture to fight Crime and Corruption

The Centre of Criminology and the Democratic Governance & Rights Unit (DGRU) have pleasure in inviting you to a presentation by Willie Hofmeyr entitled ‘Using Asset Forfeiture to fight Crime and Corruption: An assessment of the state of crime and corruption in South Africa, and of the use of civil litigation (in the form of asset forfeiture), to deal more effectively with this’.

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Recent killings of women in Pakistan and Afghanistan, “a tragic reminder of a global and increasing concern”

GENEVA (18 July 2012) – United Nations Special Rapporteur Rashida Manjoo has stated that the recent killing of Fareeda Afridi, a human rights defender in Pakistan, of Hanifa Safi, a provincial head of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs in Afghanistan, as well as the public execution of Najiba, a woman accused of adultery in Afghanistan, “are tragic reminders that gender related killings of women are a global and increasing concern.”

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DGRU launches new judicial records database

This database presents the DGRU’s reports on candidates for judicial appointments, which have been compiled for the Judicial Service Commission’s interviews since September 2009. The reports summarise candidate’s reported and unreported judgments.

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DGRU prepares reports for JSC interviews

On 9 June 2012, the Judicial Service Commission interviewed candidates for judicial vacancies on the Constitutional Court. 4 candidates were shortlisted.

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Op ed on Gender equality on the bench

As of January 2012, only 27 percent of the country’s permanent judges were female, with women holding only 65 of the 233 positions on the Bench. This is not a great improvement from June 2009, when only 42 out of 205 were female. Our highest court in the land, the Constitutional Court, has only two females among the 10 serving justices.

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25 April: Liberation movement or governing party? An analysis of the ANC 100 years on

2012 marks the centenary anniversary of Africa’s oldest liberation movement, the ANC, and on April 27th South Africa celebrates its 18th Freedom Day.

The ANCL has of course changed since liberation - it would be tragic if the ANC in government still functioned as if it were the opposition to oppression. Yes it still defines itself as “South Africa’s national liberation movement”. Can a political party be a liberation movement? And should it be?

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De Vos asks for naunced take on race in SA

Even the Constitutional Court doesn't always get race quite right, Professor Pierre de Vos suggested in his inaugural lecture, The Past is Unpredictable: Race, redress and remembrance in the South African Constitution, delivered at UCT on 14 September.

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Philip Stenning shares research methods with students

Philip Stenning, Professor at the Griffith University in Australia visited Cape Town recently and held two seminars for students at the Centre of Criminology. Philip is a distinguished academic, writer, and researcher, who is currently a Professor at the Griffith University in Australia, specialising in the areas of police and policing, and private security.

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New Flooding Reports

Three new flooding reports, produced by the UCT Centre of Criminology, have been recently released. The reports were compiled by Laura Drivdal, a PhD student at the Centre interested in the adaption to the risk of flooding in Cape Town. The first of the reports concerns water in Cape Town, the second is concerned with climate change and flooding relations, whilst the third concerns water management.

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