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The Law Faculty Celebrates its Graduating Students
Friday, April 6, 2018 - 12:45

The Faculty of Law is delighted to be celebrating the graduation of its PG Dip, LLB, LLM and PhD students - along with an honorary doctorate - on Saturday 7th April 2018.  This is always a time of excitement as the Faculty sees off its graduates into the next phase of their life in Law. 

UCT to honour Justice Mokgoro
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 13:45
UCT to honour Justice Mokgoro

The first black woman to be appointed to the Constitutional Court in post-democratic South Africa, Justice Yvonne Mokgoro, will be awarded an honorary degree by the University of Cape Town (UCT) on Saturday 7th April 2018.

Re-opening the Cape Town Refugee Reception Office #OpenTheRRO
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 11:00

The UCT Refugee Rights Unit is one of the organisations holding the Department of Home Affairs accountable for the court judgement setting end-March 2018 as the deadline for re-opening the Cape Town Refugee Reception Office.

South Africa's Chief Justice addresses Law Deans from across the Continent
Monday, March 26, 2018 - 12:30

The Faculty was very pleased to be able to close its International Association of Law Schools conference on 6th March with South Africa's Chief Justice delivering the keynote speech at the Conference Dinner.  The Chief Justice spoke directly to issues in legal education on the continent, and the need for law programmes to include African Customary Law in course content.

Top Spot for Prof Phakeng
Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 15:30

Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, currently the deputy vice-chancellor for research and internationalisation at UCT, has been appointed by Council as the new vice-chancellor of the university with effect from 1 July 2018. Professor Phakeng will take over from Dr Max Price, who has held the position since 2008.  

Law Faculty academics writing for the media
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 16:45

The Law Faculty has a number of academics and staff who write regularly, particularly for online platforms - including their own blogs.  These articles contribute important analysis and perspectives on current socio-economic and political issues.  For more information and a list of some of these writers, with links to blogs and articles, readers can go to this link

Scholarship Applications Open: The Abe Swersky Scholarship
Monday, March 12, 2018 - 12:30

Scholarship Opportunity for UCT Law Students in 2nd-year undergraduate LLB

The Abe Swersky Scholarship is awarded to a 2nd-year black South African law student enrolled in the 4-year LLB, who has completed a year of law courses and who does not have financial support for their studies.  The scholarship covers 75% academic fees for the remainder of the 4-year degree, provided all courses are passed. Applicants must have already shown drive, determination and a passion for the law while also demonstrating that they are community-minded and are interested in Family Law.  A good pass in Law of Persons and Family (RDL 1008/9H) is a requirement.


Commercial contracting in the informal sector
Friday, March 9, 2018 - 10:15

Insights into commercial contracting from South Africa’s informal sector

by Andrew Hutchison (UCT Commercial Law) and Nkanyiso Sibanda (UWC Private Law)

What happens when African societal norms meet modern commercial practice? From boardrooms in Sandton to the cultural mash-up and the “popular economy” of a South African township, African business people of different ethnicities and world views are contracting on a daily basis.

UCT Law hosts International Association of Law Schools Africa forum
Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 16:00

UCT's Law Faculty will be hosting the International Association of Law Schools forum of African Law Deans from 4th - 6th March 2018.  The focus of the forum is on legal education, and is titled From Imitation to Innovation: Comparative Perspectives on Legal Education.

What about Refugee Rights, Mr President?
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 13:45

Dr Fatima Khan, Director of the Refugee Rights Clinic, writes a punchy open letter to President Ramaphosa in response to the complete omission of refugees from his SONA speech.

Public Lecture 1st March 17h30
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 15:45

Professor Angela J. Davis will be visiting the UCT Faculty of Law on 1st March 2018 to give a lunchtime lecture to students, and a public lecture in the evening - focused on her latest book "Policing the Black Man".  Prof Davis will focus in her lectures on prosecution, power and racism in the US criminal justice system.


The deaths of 144 mentally ill patients and South Africa’s constitutional democracy
Friday, February 9, 2018 - 09:00

By Professor Penelope Andrews | Dean of Law | University of Cape Town

Prof Andrews writes about this critical issue in The Conversation

Since colonial times black South Africans have been accustomed to cruelty, neglect and indifference on the part of successive governments. The apartheid government reduced these brutalities to a fine art form, resulting in the system being declared a crime against humanity.