The South African judiciary is once more centre stage in the political drama unfolding around the battle for supremacy within the governing African National Congress (ANC), writes the Faculty's Professor Hugh Corder in The Conversation.
If you missed Harvard Law School's Prof Ruth Okediji's talk on Thursday 8 August, hosted by Prof Caroline Ncube and Assoc Prof Tobias Schonwetter at UCT Law, on Decolonising IP Law, it is now available online! This is a must-watch for those involved in copyright reform in South Africa, with the Copyright Amendment Bill currently awaiting the President's signature.
UCT Law offers three LLB programmes - depending on your preference and current status as a student. And it's all detailed in this easy-to-follow video - the what's and how's of applying to the University of Cape Town to study Law (please note: applications for study in 2020 have now closed).
UCT’s Law Faculty is never quiet! Whether it’s our staff, students or alumni in action, there is always something exciting, interesting and innovative on the go. To keep you posted on some recent news we have compiled a quick listing of news and developments from the broad Faculty community.
Mandela Day 2019 provided the focus point for members of the Law Faculty to develop gift bundles for new mothers at Mowbray Maternity Hospital, based in Mowbray in Cape Town. New mothers often leave Mowbray Maternity with very little by way of supplies for their newborns, and so the staff in the Faculty's professional development unit - Law@Work - unit galvanised a Faculty-wide initiative to knit, bring, buy, or by any means provide goods for these mothers and their babies.
Cape Town’s combination of geography and city planning perpetuates the effects of apartheid spatial planning. The mountains and oceans become natural barriers to movement and access, the planning around which creates a clear centre and periphery, segregating residents. That is what struck Professor Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, he said, as he arrived in the city to deliver the British Academy Newton Advanced Fellowship Lecture in Spatial Justice, titled “Spatial Justice and Resistance”.
The UCT Law Faculty is hosting a public lecture 15 July 2019 (17h30 Kramer LT1 - all welcome!) on spatial justice and resistance, with special visiting lecturer Professor Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos from the Westminster Law & Theory Lab (Westminster Law School). Hosted by DVC Prof Loretta Feris on behalf of the VC, in partnership with the Dean of Law, Prof Danwood Chirwa, this public lecture and discussion promises to be a unique opportunity to engage with thinking and academic work on the topic of spatial justice.
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.