UCT has proposed that Ring Road, which symbolically embraces its upper campus, be renamed The Madiba Circle in memory of former President Nelson Mandela, who died on 5 December. Read more | Watch video
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UCT PhD student scoops human rights defenders award
On 22 October, in Banjul the Gambia, Mr Livingstone Sewanyana, Executive Director of the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI) in Uganda, scooped the Sub- Regional Human Rights Defenders Award 2013, in recognition of his valuable and selfless contribution to the advancement of human rights in the East and Horn of Africa.
UCT holds international colloquium on expropriation law in the Netherlands
The University of Cape Town, in co-operation with the Groningen Centre for Law and Governance, recently held a colloquium on expropriation law in the Netherlands. Expropriation normally entails the compulsory acquisition of rights in property by the state against payment of compensation to the expropriated party. The colloquium took place from 26-28 September at the University of Groningen and attracted 22 experts in this field of law from all over the world.
Conference in honour of late former Chief Justice Pius Langa
Pius Langa was South Africa’s first African Chief Justice. On 16 and 17 January 2014, UCT Law and Acta Juridica will host a conference to celebrate the life and work of this remarkable man and to honour his memory.” Read more...
Another UCT law student wins the Ismail Mahomed Essay Competition: Donates prize to an underprivileged school in Khayelitsha
UCT’s Daniel Mackintosh, who completed his LLB degree during 2012, was recently judged the winner of the 2011/12 Ismail Mahomed Law Reform Essay Competition sponsored by Juta Law and run in conjunction with the South African Law Reform Commission.
Meridian in Kramer on 8th May was something to see, taste and feel!
As part of Africa month, students and staff exceeded all expectations in the local food on offer and the Kramer’s Got Talent show; there was a scholarly discussion too, with the focus on Youth in Africa. Read more...
Fashion is the law on the street
If law is the bread and butter of attorney Siyaam Ally's life, fashion is the strawberry jam in between. The fashionista from UCT's Law Clinic was Runner Up for Best Fashion Blog at the 2012 Blog Awards, just nine months after launching into the blogosphere. Read more...
City law firms plug the gap for students
As part of their training, law students are required to bulk out their CVs with short-term vac work at law firms. But finding short-term slots is not easy, as a faculty student focus group in 2011 showed. Law firms, like most enterprises, are looking after the bottom line and their focus tends to be on recruiting top students to fill the limited space available to candidate attorneys. Read more...
Law deans' conference strengthens Sino-African ties
Some 35 deans from Africa and China's leading law schools gathered for the inaugural conference on Sino-African legal education, hosted by UCT in March. The conference was initiated by Professor Evance Kalula, former director of internationalisation and outreach in the Faculty of Law, and now director of the International Academic Programmes Office (IAPO). Read more...
2012 Alumni luncheon
On 19 December 2012, some 80 law graduates were privileged to hear two outstanding addresses, by VC Max Price and Fink Haysom, and then some excellent “interventions” from members of graduating classes from 1952 to 2002, over lunch.
Last year the Dean hosted a dinner to celebrate the contribution of seven retiring staff members. As one of the retirees said, "It was indeed a glittering occasion set in a historic venue, with warm tributes, a very touching performance by the choir and great food and wine, all contributing to make it a truly memorable event!"
Richard Calland, director of the Democratic Governance and Rights Unit, has been appointed to the World Bank's Independent Access to Information Appeals' Board. Read more...
From Africa, for Africa and the World
The Centre for Comparative Law in Africa held its inaugural methodology workshop from 22 to 24 October 2012. Some 40 scholars from various universities in South Africa, Africa, Europe and the United States of America participated in plenary and panel discussions.
The workshop closed with agreement on a Cape Town Resolution.
UCT students make good at Child Law moot competition
The Centre for Child Law's moot competition was held last weekend in Pretoria and the UCT team of Amy Williamson and Jonathan Singh finished as runner-up finalists to Tuks, with Amy taking Best Speaker of the competition. Read more...
The Law Faculty responds to the suspension of the SADC Tribunal
The Law Faculty of the University of Cape Town expresses its dismay and outrage at the recent decision of the summit of heads of state of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to suspend the SADC Tribunal and replace it with a body which cannot receive complaints from individuals. Read more...
UCT students top in moot competition
Two UCT law students beat their counterparts from the University of the Western Cape - on their home turf, no less - in the very first Kader Asmal Law Moot. Hemlata Hunma and Stephen Miller argued before a panel including three High Court judges in the final round of the competition, which saw students lock horns over the pre-paid water management system imposed in a fictitious town. Read more...
Prof Wouter de Vos' inaugural lecture - photos
On 31 July Prof Wouter de Vos presented an inaugural lecture titled "Is a Class Action a 'Classy Act' to Implement outside the Ambit of the Constitution?"
We are pleased to share some photos of the successful event.
A stunning new social space for Law students and staff
”This lounge area is wonderful – not only visually and in terms of student need but also because the university is moving towards converting 'dead' spaces into areas where students can socialize and work together. So in every way this is perfect and we really are grateful to you, Norton Rose.”
Thus spake the dean when she cut the ribbon on the most sought after corner of level 2 in Kramer.
The Claude Leon annual lecture - to be given by the Acting Chief Justice of South Africa, Justice Yacoob (pictured left) - has been postponed.
The lecture was to be given on Thursday, 16 August. The new date will be announced shortly. Read more...
Bring law to govern class actions, urges scholar
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. Read more...
Women's Day: Law programme lures graduates into academia
The Faculty of Law is reshaping its gender profile, courtesy of its recent fundraising efforts.Over the past few months the faculty has appointed three women - including two of its graduates - on the back of its Law 150 campaign. Read more...
The BLSF presents a panel discussion titled Is there a need for black student representation in the UCT Law Faculty?
All are welcome to join the Black Law Students' Forum (BLSF) for their final event of 2012. A panel will discuss the topic: Is there a need for black student representation in the UCT Law Faculty?
Join us on Wednesday, 15 August 2012 for 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’.
The Dean of Law headed up a three-man road show to schools in the Northern Cape in May to talk about Law as a career option and to create awareness of the Law Endowment Scholarships. They covered 4,000 km and met with twelve schools in seven venues.
Africa Month celebration aimed to encourage positive representations of Africa
Sophie Nakueira, an LLM student who was a driving force behind the Celebrating Africa through Fabric event, shared her thoughts on the intention of the show, which aimed to highlight Africa’s “cultural, racial, tribal diversity in a positive way”.
UCT unit calls for new legislation to replace Traditional Courts Bill
UCT's Law, Race and Gender Unit (LRG) has called for new legislation to replace the controversial Traditional Courts Bill. Introduced by government in 2008, the bill was withdrawn from the National Assembly last year after pressure from opponents. Its imminent reintroduction in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) was announced in mid-December, giving rural people two months to submit their comments by 15 February. Read more...
Winning projects make a difference
The work of the Southern Africa Food Lab (SAFL) and the Rural Women's Action Research Project (RWAR) are a good match for UCT's social responsiveness objectives, both in letter and spirit. Their research not only tackled two critical and complex social issues - food insecurity and the effects of customary law and the Traditional Courts Bill on women in rural South Africa, respectively - but also did so with energy and sensitivity, and offered solutions, to boot. Read more...
Law Students excel in Copenhagen
The UCT law team won the Copenhagen competition in which they were required to negotiate an international treaty on access to food.
Sanele Sibanda to speak about constitutionalism and poverty eradication
The Rural Women's Action Research Project at the Law, Race and Gender Research Unit invites you to a seminar by Sanele Sibanda on 25 November 2011 at 12h30. The title of his presentation will be Not purpose-made! Transformative constitutionalism, post-independence constitutionalism and the struggle to eradicate poverty. All are welcome!
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. Read more...
Law alumni in Mail & Guardian Top 200
Read about 3 of our graduates in the Top 200 Young South Africans of Today
High school learners from the Western and Northern Cape provinces tested their legal skills when they took part in the recent Regional Mini-Moot Court Competition, organised by the UCT's Faculty of Law and the University of the Western Cape's Legal Aid Clinic. The Grade 11 and 12 learners argued both as applicants and respondents on Constitutional matters that affect them and the community. Read more...
New appointments in commercial law
The Department of Commercial Law in the Faculty of Law has beefed up its staff complement by appointing new lecturers. Read more...
UCT Trust boosted
The UK-based UCT Trust's fundraising efforts received a boost when the Wolfson Foundation awarded them £550 000 (about R7 million) towards a suite of 22 study bedrooms in the Obz Square residence, currently under construction in Main Road. This is the ninth grant from the foundation, based in the UK, which has been supporting projects at UCT since 1995. Read more...
UCT law students to represent South Africa in Washington, DC
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.