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UCT Book Award 2021 to Law Professor
Wed, 05 Jan 2022 - 12:15

Philippe-Joseph Salazar, Distinguished Professor of Rhetoric in the Faculty of Law at the University of Cape Town (UCT), has won the 2021 UCT Book Award for his work, Words are Weapons: Inside ISIS’s Rhetoric of Terror.

PhD on the rise of lawfare
Tue, 14 Dec 2021 - 13:00

UCT Law graduand Kate Dent’s PhD thesis explores the phenomenon of the rise of ‘lawfare’ in South Africa and its implications for the judiciary and for our democracy.

Challenges to poor SOE governance
Thu, 09 Dec 2021 - 14:15

Julieth Gudo becomes a PhD graduate on Tuesday 14 December 2021, at UCT's annual December graduation event for the Law Faculty. Her thesis is focused on improving the legal framework through which civil society organisations can challenge poor SOE governance

UCT Law Dean chairs UN Voluntary Trust Fund
Fri, 03 Dec 2021 - 07:45

According to figures released by UNICEF and ILO in June, almost 80 million children aged 5 to 17 years are subjected to hazardous work which is a contemporary form of slavery, says the UN.

Dr Masengu wins prestigious Memorial Award
Sat, 27 Nov 2021 - 07:45

Congratulations to Dr Tabeth Masengu who has been announced as the first recipient of the Christof Heyns Memorial Thesis Award.

A judicial crisis in South Africa
Tue, 19 Oct 2021 - 17:00

The Faculty of Law recently hosted a discussion titled "A Judicial Crisis in South Africa?", hosted by Dr Nomfundo Ramalekana in conversation with Professor Zozo Dyani-Mhango of UP Law, and Mbekezeli Benjamin of Judges Matter. The session recording is available if you missed it.

Our next Chief Justice - a critical role
Tue, 19 Oct 2021 - 16:45

South Africa finds itself at a critical juncture, writes Emeritus Professor Hugh Corder. Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng’s 10-year term has just ended and President Cyril Ramaphosa has belatedly initiated the search for his successor

UCT Law Masters student wins Chinese proficiency competition
Fri, 15 Oct 2021 - 16:15

A passion for Chinese culture and language is what led Katleho Ntahale (27) - a UCT Law Masters student - to take top honours at a national competition this year, as well as represent the country at a global Chinese proficiency competition recently.

Centre for Rhetoric Studies receives reaccreditation
Tue, 12 Oct 2021 - 16:45

The Faculty of Law is delighted that its Centre for Rhetoric Studies has received a further five-year University Research Committee accreditation, following its review earlier this year.  

UCT alumnus takes top position at Bowmans
Fri, 08 Oct 2021 - 16:15

University of Cape Town (UCT) alumnus Mzwandile Ezra Clavis Davids (Ezra Davids) was recently appointed as a senior partner and chairman at law firm Bowmans, one of the leading corporate law firms in South Africa and Africa. The nomination is the latest in a string of career successes for the top mergers and acquisitions attorney, who will hold the chair for five years, effective from 1 October 2021.

Politics of Poverty
Mon, 06 Sep 2021 - 17:00

The government must work towards implementing basic income support - but until that happens, we must at least increase the covid-19 Social Relief of Distress grant (amongst other increases), argues Amanda Rinquest of the Black Sash (and current UCT Law Masters student).

Covid-19, learners and constitutional law
Fri, 03 Sep 2021 - 10:15

There is a growing body of literature on the short- to long-term effects of the pandemic on ECD learners, but the bulk of it comes from the medical and socioeconomic perspectives. Lauren Kohn, senior lecturer in the Faculty's Department of Public Law, takes a look at this issue through a constitutional law lens.