On Tuesday 22 March 2016, the UCT Law Faculty hosted a panel discussion on Law and Social Justice. Panelists included Dean Penny Andrews, Athalia Molokomme (Attorney-General of Botswana) and Navi Pillay (Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights). Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi (President of the ICC) gave the welcome address at the cocktail function.
On 22-24 Macrh 2016, UCT Law Faculty in conjunction with the Africa Group for Justice and Accountability and the Wayamo Foundation hosted an International Symposium on African justice mechanisms and their interplay with the International Criminal Court. The keynote address was given by Judge Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi, President of the ICC. Speakers included, amongst… Read More »
This day, Human Rights Day, I struggle to find my own words in the wake of all that has transpired recently in our country. So, I turn to our Constitution and the powerful words in its Preamble: “We, the people of South Africa, Recognise the injustices of our past; Honour those who suffered for justice… Read More »
These are heavy days. They really are. I am typically an eternal optimist, but in the wake of recent events, and being a new mom to a baby girl, I would be dishonest if I denied feeling some trepidation about raising her in this country. I do however still feel hope. And I think we… Read More »
So I figured it was only a matter of time. Social media, you judgmental machine, you! There has been a visible outpouring of grief and empathy in the wake of the tragic Tokai teen murder. People from all walks of life – albeit predominantly white people, if we are honest here – and age groups… Read More »
So today is International Women’s Day and I have been doing a bit of thinking on this score. Firstly let me say that I understand feminism to mean, as Merriam Webster defines it, “the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities” – rather than an extreme bra-burning notion that some people… Read More »
The Administrative Justice Association of South Africa convened for a conference in February 2016. The Honourable Former Constitutional Court Justice, Zak Yacoob, was the Keynote Speaker. He spoke on rationality review, the separation of powers and the rule of law.
Thabo Mbeki’s latest attempt at historical revisionism falls horribly short of the legal mark. The former President published a letter on his Facebook page last week entitled, ‘Behind the narrative of the abuse of state power was a larger goal’. In revisiting – nearly a decade after the fact – his notorious decision to remove… Read More »
Update re yesterday’s Constitutional Court judgment: ” The constitutional imperatives in section 26(3), given effect to by ESTA, must be borne in mind. That sub-provision demonstrates special constitutional regard for a person’s place of abode. As this Court said in PE Municipality, the sub-provision— ‘acknowledges that a home is more than just a shelter from… Read More »