The DGRU, AfricanLII and Saflii are proud to announce the launch of a joint project - Pocket Law - An offline, updatable resource of legal information. After a year spent developing and perfecting pocket law, we finally launched Pocket Law to the Faculty of Law staff at UCT, on the 24th May 2016.
A few Public Law staff members was actively busy participating in public talks, conferences and seminar during late November 2015 to February 2016.
On January 14th 2016, Professor Pierre de Vos delivered a lecture on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) rights in South Africa at Case Western Reserve School of Law in Cleveland.
The University of Cape Town has appointed Professor Penelope (Penny) Andrews as the new Dean of the Faculty of Law. She will take up her post in January 2016. In his announcement of this appointment to the campus community on Tuesday, 30 June 2015, Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price said: "Professor Andrews is a noted human rights scholar and advocate, and is currently the President and professor of law at Albany Law School in the state of New York, USA, having formerly served as President and Dean.
The Public Law Department has recently appointed Mr Phindile Ntliziywana and Mr Khomotso Moshikaro, as lecturers in the department. Please see below a short bio on Mr Ntliziywana and Mr Moshikaro:
Mr Phindile Ntliziywana holds LLB (2008) and LLM (2009) degrees from the University of the Western Cape.
The UCT Law Faculty hopes to appoint a number of LLB graduates to act as teaching assistants during 2016.
This week Prof Feris is participating as an independent expert and observer at the “Meeting of senior government officials in environmental law on the midterm review of the fourth Montevideo Programme” in Montevideo, Uruguay. The Montevideo Programme identifies priority areas for action in the field of environmental law, to be be undertaken by the international law community and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Prof Pierre de Vos, the Claude Leon Foundation Chair in Constitutional Governance, was invited by the Colombian Constitutional Court to make an expert submission to it to assist it in a case dealing with same-sex marriage. Prof De Vos made a video submission of ten minutes which was played to the court on 30 July 2015.
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, called for the creation of a legally binding framework on violence against women and girls within the United Nations human rights system, to ensure State accountability.
Very few sentences issued are ever served out in their entirety. This is standard criminal justice practice globally, not just in South Africa, writes Kelly Phelps, senior lecturer in Criminal Justice at UCT.
DGRU facilitated its second SADC judges forum in Windhoek, Namibia. The forum gave judges from around the SADC region an opportunity to meet and discuss important issues of mutual interest in a safe, reflective space.
DGRU hosted a delegation from the Zimbabwean Judicial Service Commission. The Zimbabwean JSC has been experiencing some challenges in exercising its mandate under the new Constitution.