The emotional health of law students was recently brought to my attention in an email from a student at the University of Cape Town’s law faculty where I am the dean. The student noted a perceived hyper competitive, overly demanding and alienating environment. This, he told me, was putting the mental health of some law students under severe strain. He stated that because of the atmosphere, “the use of anti-anxiety and antidepressant medication has become the norm amongst students” and alcohol is being consumed in alarming proportions.
During the week of the 24-28 July 2017 the Judicial Institute for Africa (JIFA) hosted its inaugural Judicial Leaders Retreat in Cape Town.
Professor Chuma Himonga is the latest recipient of the Alan Pifer Research Award for Socially Responsive Research. It is the celebration of an illustrious career that all began on a farm in Zambia where young Chuma started on a path supported by her determination, discipline and love for her roots.
The Faculty of Law's Professor Rashida Manjoo, one of the world’s leading experts in identifying the causes of and eradicating violence against women, received an honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow on 23 June.
Retired Justice of the Constitutional Court Albie Sachs recounted the complexities of negotiating for land restitution at CODESA in the early 1990s when he spoke at UCT on 27 March 2017. A talk which forms part of a four-part series of lectures in the centenary year of Oliver Tambo’s birth.
The faculty is proud to announce not one but three new books co-authored by staff members.
The faculty celebrated the promotion of five wonderful colleagues.
UCT International Taxation Masters Student Imran Daniels awarded prestigious Yale Fox Fellowship
The Judicial Institute for Africa( JIFA), a joint initiative of the DGRU, Southern African Chief Justices Forum and ICJ- Africa , is hosting their annual core skills short course for judges . It will be attended by 24 judges from 11 SADC countries and will be run from 24 – 28 April 2017 in the Moot court.
In 1994 South Africans heroically avoided a racial war. In 2015 inequality and poverty now look like the poisoned fruits of freedom. In 2030 challenged by the vision of the National Development Plan, will they have avoided the war of the poisoned fruits? (Prof Njabulo Ndebele, Chairperson of the Board, Nelson Mandela Foundation 2016)
The pioneer research capacity-building workshop under the TY Danjuma Fund, an endowment supporting the work of the Centre for Comparative Law in Africa (CCLA), was held from 20 – 23 September 2016 and attended by ten researchers from the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS).
Emeritus Professor Julian Kinderlerer not only presented at Science Forum South Africa earlier this month, but also together with two other researchers, wrote this insightful article about the ethical boundaries between science, society and public policy published recently in the Mail and Guardian.