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Dr Masengu wins prestigious Memorial Award
Sat, 27 Nov 2021 - 07:45

Congratulations to Dr Tabeth Masengu who has been announced as the first recipient of the Christof Heyns Memorial Thesis Award.

A judicial crisis in South Africa
Tue, 19 Oct 2021 - 17:00

The Faculty of Law recently hosted a discussion titled "A Judicial Crisis in South Africa?", hosted by Dr Nomfundo Ramalekana in conversation with Professor Zozo Dyani-Mhango of UP Law, and Mbekezeli Benjamin of Judges Matter. The session recording is available if you missed it.

Our next Chief Justice - a critical role
Tue, 19 Oct 2021 - 16:45

South Africa finds itself at a critical juncture, writes Emeritus Professor Hugh Corder. Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng’s 10-year term has just ended and President Cyril Ramaphosa has belatedly initiated the search for his successor

UCT Law Masters student wins Chinese proficiency competition
Fri, 15 Oct 2021 - 16:15

A passion for Chinese culture and language is what led Katleho Ntahale (27) - a UCT Law Masters student - to take top honours at a national competition this year, as well as represent the country at a global Chinese proficiency competition recently.

Centre for Rhetoric Studies receives reaccreditation
Tue, 12 Oct 2021 - 16:45

The Faculty of Law is delighted that its Centre for Rhetoric Studies has received a further five-year University Research Committee accreditation, following its review earlier this year.  

UCT alumnus takes top position at Bowmans
Fri, 08 Oct 2021 - 16:15

University of Cape Town (UCT) alumnus Mzwandile Ezra Clavis Davids (Ezra Davids) was recently appointed as a senior partner and chairman at law firm Bowmans, one of the leading corporate law firms in South Africa and Africa. The nomination is the latest in a string of career successes for the top mergers and acquisitions attorney, who will hold the chair for five years, effective from 1 October 2021.

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.