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Politics of Poverty
Mon, 06 Sep 2021 - 17:00

The government must work towards implementing basic income support - but until that happens, we must at least increase the covid-19 Social Relief of Distress grant (amongst other increases), argues Amanda Rinquest of the Black Sash (and current UCT Law Masters student).

Covid-19, learners and constitutional law
Fri, 03 Sep 2021 - 10:15

There is a growing body of literature on the short- to long-term effects of the pandemic on ECD learners, but the bulk of it comes from the medical and socioeconomic perspectives. Lauren Kohn, senior lecturer in the Faculty's Department of Public Law, takes a look at this issue through a constitutional law lens.

UCT Law partnership with Permanent Court of Arbitration
Fri, 03 Sep 2021 - 10:15

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), based in The Hague, the Netherlands, and the University of Cape Town (UCT) will see a PCA representative in South Africa drawn from UCT’s Faculty of Law, and the establishment of a fellowship programme for UCT graduates at The Hague.

Are provincial governments liable for injuries at ECD centres
Wed, 01 Sep 2021 - 11:45

Provinces are not liable for injuries at Early Childhood Development centres, ruled the Constitutional Court in a recent judgment. Faculty academic Nurina Ally co-authors this article reviewing the judgment and its implications.

Challenging SA Pension Fund law
Fri, 27 Aug 2021 - 11:45

Many South Africans are deprived of their right to decide who will inherit their estate when they die, a study by UCT Law's Dr Karin Lehmann has found.

Nolundi Luwaya - focused on land reform
Wed, 25 Aug 2021 - 14:30

Nolundi Luwaya is the director of the Land and Accountability Research Centre (LARC), based in the Faculty's Department of Public Law. LARC recently played a significant part in the Ingonyama Trust case in KwaZulu‑Natal (KZN) regarding the Trust’s charging of rent on communal land in rural KZN which had an adverse effect mostly on women.

Yellavarne Moodley - building a better world through UCT Law Clinic
Wed, 25 Aug 2021 - 14:30

One of the most regularly cited motivations for charting a career in law is the prospect of making the world a better place. There’s no time that this opportunity seems more tangible than when speaking with the director of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Law Clinic, Yellavarne Moodley.

Prof Ncube joins Law and Tech journal Editorial Board
Tue, 24 Aug 2021 - 09:15

Professor Caroline Ncube, Chair of Intellectual Property, Innovation and Development in the Faculty's Department of Commercial Law, has joined the editorial board of Law, Technology and Humans. 

Refugee Law training - new initiative with UNHCR
Fri, 13 Aug 2021 - 14:00

Judges, magistrates and lawyers across Africa are faced with matters pertaining to refugees and migrants, and the countries in which they find themselves. A new centre of excellence based at the University of Cape Town (UCT) aims to provide these officers and law practitioners with collaborative resources to make rulings, set precedence and establish justice.

Confronting Legal Dissonance
Fri, 13 Aug 2021 - 11:30

Jameelah Omar, a senior lecturer in the Faculty's Department of Public Law, argues that if you really want to know how well our democracy is working, you simply need to visit a magistrate’s court on a Monday morning, or spend a weekend locked up in a police holding cell.

Refreshed Masters course on Rights of the Child for 2022
Wed, 11 Aug 2021 - 12:15

A trio of dynamic young women is set to put a fresh spin on children’s rights in the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Faculty of Law. Sharing a passion for this field, Mathabo Baase, Nurina Ally and Salona Lutchman will be joining forces to revive a course that will equip students to confidently participate in global conversations around children’s rights.

Social Justice and Refugee Rights at UCT
Wed, 11 Aug 2021 - 12:15

Recognising the rights, needs and dreams of refugees is a fundamental step towards achieving social justice in South Africa. And the country is on the right track, said Associate Professor Fatima Khan, acclaimed human rights lawyer and the director of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Refugee Rights Unit.