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Law at the Crossroads

11 Jun 2018 - 10:00

A number of Faculty academics attended this year's Law and Society Association meeting, which has just taken place (7 - 10 June 2018) in Toronto, Canada.  UCT Law academics presented papers in 12 different sessions, sharing research, knowledge and perspectives on areas related to the conference theme "Law at the Crossroads".

Jameelah Omar, Nolundi Luwaya, Kelley Moult and Dee Smythe present a panel of papers on Between law and society in contemporary South Africa at the Law and Society Association Conference in Toronto, June 2018

Presenters included:

  1. Prof Dee Smythe, who chaired a session on Lawyering, Cause Lawyering and Legal Campaigning in Southern Africa; served as Reader on the Author Meets Reader session on SIndiso Mnisi Weeks' book Access to Justice and Human Security: Cultural Contradictions in Rural South Africa; and presented a paper titled To find quarrel in a straw: everyday indignities and the policing of incivility in South Africa
  2. Ruth Nekura, who presented a paper titled Due diligence and violence against women; of travelling laws and the unacknowledged feminist jurisprudence of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights
  3. Kelley Moult, who chaired a session on Gender in African Law & Society; and who presented a paper titled The 'Tools' of Reshaping the Law on on Child Marriage in Southern Africa: Reflecting on Law Reform, Campaigns, Policy Windows and Intractable Problems
  4. Afton Titus, who presented a paper titled The East African Community at a Crossroads: The Use of a General Anti-Avoidance Rule to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit-Shifting as the EAC Seeks Deeper Regional Integration – A Comparison of the GAARs in Canada, South Africa and the European Union
  5. Melanie Judge, adjunct professor in the UCT Law Faculty, presents as Author on an Author Meets Reader panel on her book Blackwashing Homophobia: Violence and the Politics of Sexuality, Gender and Race.
  6. Nolundi Luwaya, who served as Reader on an Author Meets Reader panel on Melanie Judge's book Blackwashing Homophobia: Violence and the Politics of Sexuality, Gender and Race; and who also presented a paper titled Rural Women's Land Rights: making claims at the crossroads
  7. Prof Penelope Andrews, who chaired an Author Meets Reader session on SIndiso Mnisi Weeks' book Access to Justice and Human Security: Cultural Contradictions in Rural South Africa
  8. Omowamiwa Kolawole, who presented a paper titled Beyond justiciability: applying communitarianism in right to health litigation in Sub Saharan Africa
  9. Ruchi Chatuverdi, who presented a paper titled A View from the Gallows: Ken Saro-Wiwa, and the Contest for Jurisdictions and Justice
  10. Jameelah Omar, who presented a paper titled Understanding Protest in Constitutional South Africa
  11. Tabeth Masengu, who chaired a session on Gender and Careers in the Legal Academy
  12. Pierre de Vos, who presented a paper titled The right to equality versus the right to religious freedom: A new frontier opens in the LGBTIQ rights struggle in South Africa

Full information on the conference and the programme is available here.

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