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.
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'.
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."
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.
On 9 June 2012, the Judicial Service Commission interviewed candidates for judicial vacancies on the Constitutional Court. 4 candidates were shortlisted.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Rashida Manjoo, the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women met with the UN Secretary-General in March 2011 to discuss the work of her mandate. She was in New York to present her annual report to the Commission on the Status of Women.
A team of five UCT law students has won the 2011 White & Case South Africa Jessup Competition, part of the Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, held at the University of Johannesburg on 29 January. The team of Muhammad Ebrahim, Douglas Ainslee, Unesu Moyo (who also bagged the Best Oralist Prize), Shalom Ndiku and Soseipriala Amabeoku is eligible to represent South Africa at the White & Case International Rounds in Washington, DC, from 20 to 26 March.