Building a capable developmental state is a core priority in South Africa's National Development Plan, and a capable local sphere of government is a cornerstone of that goal. This year, 2018 marks the 20th Anniversary of the adoption of the White Paper on Local Government which gave effect to the new dispensation for democratic local government in our constitution.
The Centre for Rhetoric Studies (CRhS), based in the Faculty of Law at the University of Cape Town, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant of R2,2million by the A W Mellon Foundation of New York. The grant is for Masters and PhD scholarships and Postdoctoral Fellowships in Rhetoric Studies. This grant, which runs until end-2022, is the second such Mellon grant awarded to CRhS.
UCT graduates are definitely in demand, according to recent research and according to the latest QS Graduate Employability Ranking - maintaining our top position on the continent. In addition, UCT is ranked 18th in the world with regard to our graduates being employed within one year of graduating. Further, a survey conducted at April 2018 graduation shows that the UCT Law Faculty has the highest % (across UCT) of students who, on graduation, are already employed - at 62.1% of our LLB graduates.
Women achievers at UCT Law
The Faculty is proud of a number of its staff on whom have been conferred great awards in 2018. Two of these women are Professor Caroline Ncube and Associate Professor Jacqueline Yeats.
Is changing the electoral system the way to establish accountability?
Professor Pierre de Vos shares his thoughts in his latest blog | "This weekend at the brilliant Open Book Festival in Cape Town, I attended a session where the panellists spoke about the need to change South Africa’s electoral system to ensure that our elected representatives become accountable to voters."
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) ground-breaking new policy to tackle discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, ratified last December, is officially up and running following a recent public launch. The policy aims to facilitate a campus environment for staff and students that is free from discrimination in all spheres, including teaching content and language, the university’s code of conduct, and culture.
Today, 29th August 2018, Lewis Pugh completes "The Long Swim" - an epic first-ever swim along the full length of the English Channel from Land's End in the west to Dover in the East, a distance of 560km. This swim is the equivalent of 16 English Channel crossings, and was estimated to take 50 days, depending on tides and weather. After taking off on July 12 on #TheLongSwim, LEWIS ARRIVES IN DOVER TODAY!
The Faculty of Law's Research Office is holding its Annual Faculty Research Week from 27th - 31st August. These well-established research units are key toour research endeavour, and our socially responsive work in the field of Law. The week aims to showcase some of the intellectual work of the units, and events week will display the diversity of that work. An important objective of the week is to rekindle a conversation amongst the research units and the faculty more broadly. Staff, students and Faculty friends - JOIN US!
"The decision by the Constitutional Court nullifying former president Jacob Zuma’s appointment of the country’s prosecutions boss three years ago closes an unhappy chapter in the country’s recent past. It undoes a wrong that threatened a key institution and the functioning of the criminal justice system in the fledgling democracy," writes Pierre de Vos in a News24 article, 14th August 2018.
The Constitutional Court has ruled that the appointment of Shaun Abrahams as National Director of Public Prosecutions was invalid. A minority of judges argued that Mxolisi Nxasana should return as NDPP but this was rejected by the majority. Associate Professor of Public Law, Cathy Powell, discusses this issue on PowerFM...
Dr Andrew Hutchison, Associate Professor in UCT's Department of Commercial Law, shares his thoughts and expertise on contracts - and the possibility of comic contracts, ie. contracts in comic format.
In light of the funeral of Professor Bongani Mayosi, the UCT Moot Society deferred its 2nd Kate O'Regan Intervarsity Moot Competition from Saturday 4th August to SATURDAY 1st SEPTEMBER. The event starts at 9am at UCT Law School. With Law students from a number of other universities, the day promises to be filled with seriously competitive mooting - with Justice Kate O'Regan presiding.