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.
GENEVA (11 May 2015) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Rashida Manjoo, today announced the cancelation of her planned official visit to South Africa for lack of confirmation of dates by the Government for the information-gathering mission.
GENEVA (8 May 2015) – United Nations Special Rapporteur Rashida Manjoo will visit the Sudan from 13 to 24 May 2015 to examine the overall situation of violence against women and girls in the country, and gather first-hand information from victims of violence.
“I will meet with those involved in fighting violence against women in the country, to assess the situation in conflict and non-conflict areas, including violence against refugee and internally displaced women,” Ms. Manjoo said announcing the first visit to the Sudan since 2005* by an independent expert charged by the UN Human Rights Council to monitor, report and advise on the situation of women and violence around the world.
Prof Pierre de Vos delivered a paper entitled “Towards the emancipation of sexual minorities: Possible strategies to effect both legal and social change” at a conference on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Rights held at the Renmin University Faculty of Law in Beijing on 27 and 28 April 2015.
While Judge Thokozile Masipa has granted the State leave to appeal the Oscar Pistorius verdict and sentence, the case has nonetheless raised serious questions about aspects such as legal ethics, contempt of court and the dark halo of sensationalism; fertile ground for UCT's Kelly Phelps, CNN's legal analyst during the trial.
On 18 - 21 November 2014, the UNHCR and the UCT Refugee Rights Unit launched the Cape Town Programme in International Refugee Law.
Professor Pierre de Vos, Claude Leon Foundation Chair in Constitutional Governance, was invited to deliver a paper on the limitation of rights at the third annual meeting of the Arab Association of Constitutional Lawyers, which was held on 16 and 17 October 2014 in Beirut, Lebanon