It is twenty-five years since the transition to democracy in South Africa. Some of the most enduring challenges to that transition have been the question of the role of customary law and traditional leadership in the new democratic state.
Leading members of the judiciary across Africa will be gathering in Cape Town, 2 – 6 June 2019, and their focus will be on a crucial issue challenging judges from virtually every part of the continent: judicial independence and everything that promotes or hinders it.
As a schoolgirl growing up in the Southern Cape town of George, Danielle Louw knew she wanted to work in the human rights field and in pursuit of social justice. Now, Danielle is the recipient of one of only 20 Open Society Foundation Commemorative Scholarships in South Africa, to pursue her social justice-focused LLM studies.
This Africa Month, the African Legal Information Institute (AfricanLII) and the Democratic Governance and Rights Unit (DGRU) at the University of Cape Town's Law Faculty have launched Africa’s first graphical citator for African case law.
The rule of law in Africa relies on effective access to the letter of the law. The African Legal Information Institute, AfricanLII, is proud to launch the beta version of a first-of-it’s-kind Pan-African automated legal citator and summariser for African caselaw - the Citator.
The results of the 2019 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Graduate Employability Rankings show that UCT's graduates remain highly sought after. This confirms UCT's own findings from its annual graduate exit survey - a UCT degree serves you very well in charting your career path, ensuring excellent employment prospects.
Dean of Law, Professor Danwood Chirwa, expresses the Faculty’s deepest sympathies and condolences to Judy Croome and family on the passing of Dr Beric Croome. Tax law expert and UCT Law Alumnus (PhD 2007), Dr Croome will be remembered for his many achievements and contributions to the field of tax law, particularly taxpayer rights.
"Following South Africa’s recent decriminalisation of the private use and cultivation of cannabis, many industries will need to reassess existing business practices which may be affected by the changing legislation."
DIstinguished Professor Philippe-Joseph Salazar, recently re-awarded his A1 rating from the National Research Foundation, shares his thoughts on rhetoric, Rhetoric Studies and writing on a broad range of subjects.
The first official law lecture of the South African College (as the University of Cape Town was first known) was delivered on 16th April 1859. What began 160 years ago with a part-time professor and a few students in a fortnightly Saturday class is now the top Law school on the African continent, conferring hundreds of undergraduate and postgraduate law degrees every year.
Nigel Patel is well known for their activism at the University of Cape Town (UCT), in media and across the city. When they graduate with an LLB on Friday, it’ll be a stepping stone on the way to fulfilling their life’s goal, a path that started in Malawi.