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Judges Matter - judicial independence, criticism and threats
Mon, 26 Jul 2021 - 13:00

Judges Matter praises judicial independence and condemns unfair criticism and threats against judges in South Africa. 

New Law leadership scholarship
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 - 16:45

The Everard and Joan MacFarlane Family Leadership Scholarship for University of Cape Town (UCT) law students was launched on Tuesday, 20 July. More than just a funding grant, the R15 million endowment aims to support students who display both academic excellence and leadership skills, through a holistic faculty‑based programme.

UCT Law academic advises SA Law Reform Commission
Tue, 13 Jul 2021 - 09:00

Associate Professor Waheeda Amien, of UCT's Department of Public law, has been selected to serve as a member of the South African Law Reform Commission’s (SALRC) Advisory Committee on the Review of Aspects of Matrimonial Property Law.

UCT PhD student appointed to Justice Ministry in Ghana
Wed, 30 Jun 2021 - 12:30

Ms Diana Asonaba Dapaah, a PhD student in the UCT Law Faculty, has been appointed as as one of the two Deputies for the Office of Attorney General and Minister of Justice in Ghana.

Jameelah Omar - M&G 200 Young South Africans 2021
Fri, 25 Jun 2021 - 14:00

Jameelah Omar, UCT Public Law Department academic and senior lecturer, has been recognised as one of the 2021 M&G 200 Young South Africans - in the Education group. The Faculty is really proud - our warmest congratulations to Jameelah!

The Ingonyama Trust - landmark ruling
Tue, 15 Jun 2021 - 17:15

The Pietermaritzburg High Court declared Friday 11 June that the Ingonyama Trust acted unlawfully and in violation of the Constitution by concluding residential leases with persons who are true owners of the land in terms of Zulu customary law. UCT Law’s Land and Accountability Research Unit played a central role in achieving this ruling.

Commission on racist police violence in the USA
Tue, 25 May 2021 - 12:45

The African lobby behind an independent report on racist police violence in the USA has kickstarted its work. The hard-hitting report was compiled by an international commission of 12 legal experts, among them UCT human rights veteran Emeritus Professor Rashida Manjoo (Department of Public Law).

Problems in the early childhood development sector
Tue, 25 May 2021 - 11:00

Public Law academic, ECD advocate and UCT Law staff member, Nurina Ally, co-authored a recent op ed on last week's parliamentary hearings on the early childhood development sector. 

LLB alumnus wins prestigious literary prize
Wed, 12 May 2021 - 14:45

Remy Ngamije, LLB Class of 2013, is the regional winner (Africa) of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize - for his story "Granddaughter of the Octopus".

South Africa set to appoint a new chief justice
Fri, 23 Apr 2021 - 12:45

By October, South Africa’s Chief Justice, Mogoeng Mogoeng, will have finished his 12-year term at the helm of the Constitutional Court. How will his successor be selected, and what qualities are needed by the holder of this high office?  Emeritus Professor Hugh Corder writes about the high stakes involved in selection.

Access to justice and online courts
Thu, 08 Apr 2021 - 10:00

The Faculty's Democratic Governance &Rights Unit (DGRU) held a panel discussion on this topic on Weds 7 April, in partnership with the Hanns Seidel Foundation. Judges and advocates discussed the advantages and challenges of South African courts moving to virtual hearings while problems with internet access and data costs continue to create an unequal terrain. In addition, the DGRU launched its new training video on conducting online court hearings.

Professor Christof Heyns - In Memoriam
Tue, 30 Mar 2021 - 07:30

The Faculty is deeply saddened by the passing of Professor Christof Heyns on 28 March 2021.