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
Since our début Film Festival in 2012 was such a huge success and thanks to continued Faculty participation and support, we will host it for the third time. We would like to continue to make this an annual event on the Law Faculty's calendar. Students in the Natural Resources Law and Pollution Law LLM courses will as part of their practical course work produce a short film of 7-10 minutes on a topic of their choice.
Described as "one of the world's top experts and combatants of violence against women", Associate Professor Manjoo was recently presented with the International Human Rights Award from the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Litigation.
The Commission of Inquiry into allegations of police inefficiency in Khayelitsha and a breakdown in relations between the community and the police in Khayelitsha - known, in short, as the Khayelitsha Commission on policing - was established by the Premier of the Western Cape government in mid-2012. During the second phase of this process a number of policing experts were called to testify, including, Julie Berg of the Centre of Criminology, Prof. John Cartwright, an associate of the Centre of Criminology and Guy Lamb, Director of UCT's Safety and Violence Initiative.
During the second teaching block of the LLM Environmental Law Programme, the Principles of Environmental Law Students enjoyed a fieldtrip to the Soetwater Nature Reserve and Conference centre situated near Cape Point.
A panel discussion with Associate Professor Richard Calland (Department of Public Law, Director: Democratic Governance and Rights Unit), Sophie Nakueira (PhD candidate, Centre for Criminology) and Chris Oxtoby (Researcher, Democratic Governance and Rights Unit).
The 2014 World Cup is almost upon us. But whilst the festival of football is what attracts most of our attention, the event also attracts criticism. During the 2013 Confederations Cup, rioting broke out in several centres around Brazil, attributed to protests against the costs of hosting the World Cup. Criticisms were also levelled at many budgetary and governance aspects of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
This discussion will examine some of the governance issues that surround the world cup, and seek to explain how the event can be understood. Why does the FIFA World Cup attract so much controversy? What is FIFA and how does it govern the host countries? Why do host countries hope to gain from holding events such as the World Cup?
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.
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.
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.
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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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.