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Human rights treaty bodies in the field: The experience of the African regional system

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Original post: UNIVERSAL RIGHTS GROUP GENEVA

BY CHRISTOF HEYNS, PROFESSOR OF HUMAN RIGHTS LAW, UNIVERISTY OF PRETORIA AND MEMBER OF THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE AND ABIOLA IDOWU-OJO, ACTING DEPUTY SECRETARY OF THE AFRICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN AND PEOPLES’ RIGHTS

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Experts and law enforcement practitioners discuss new standards on the use of less lethal weapons

Experts Discuss New International Standards on less Lethal Weapons

9 July 2018

Original post: The Geneva Academy

Last week, at our annual seminar held in the context of the Geneva Human Rights Platform and its focus on the use of force, around 40 police officers, experts on the design, testing and use of weapons, representatives of national police oversight mechanisms, human rights experts, representatives of UN specialized agencies, academics, representative of governments and of national civil society organizations discussed human rights challenges related to the use of less-lethal weapons (LLWs).

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University of Pretoria: Opportunity for doctoral studies on aspects of ‘Freedom from violence in Africa’

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The University of Pretoria, working with a global network of research partners (including in Cambridge, Geneva and well-established collaboration with more than a dozen other African universities), recently established a research programme that focuses on violence reduction and securing the right to life in Africa. This is a multi-disciplinary programme that engages in the African context with the aspiration of UN Sustainable Development Goal 16 to establish ‘peaceful societies’.

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New website: The Law on Police Use of Force

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1 June 2018

This website is an academic review of national regimes governing use of force by law enforcement officials

 

The centrepiece of the website is the country profile. Each profile has six sections:

  • Constitutional provisions
  • Treaty adherence
  • National legislation on use of force (by police and prison officers)
  • Police Oversight
  • Caselaw
  • Downloads (of key instruments and jurisprudence).

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UP Law provides students with platform to interact with great South African legal minds

15 May 2018

The Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria, in conjunction with its Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA), are organising luncheons with senior members of the legal profession to provide a platform for students to interact with great legal minds.

 

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South Africa should lead effort to ban killer robots

South Africa should lead effort to ban killer robots

Original post: Mail & Guardian

16 April 2018

As nations convene at the United Nations in Geneva this week to continue deliberations on “lethal autonomous weapons systems” or “killer robots”, it is clear that the diplomatic process is moving too slowly.

If we are to avoid a future where robots decide who gets to live and who dies, there is no time or money to waste — governments must act now.

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Video message by prof Christof Heyns to African Union High Level Panel on autonomous weapons, Geneva

30 March 2018

On 27 March 2018, the African Union held a High-Level Seminar on Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems for African Union Missions to Geneva at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva., Switzerland. The Seminar was organised by the South African Research Chair in International Law, University of Johannesburg in collaboration with the African Union and the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots.

 

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Deputy President David Mabuza: Commemoration of Human Rights Day

Go to original post: www.gov.za

21 Mar 2018

Address by Deputy President David Mabuza during the commemoration of Human Rights Day in Sharpeville, Gauteng, where he encouraged all South Africans to participate in the South African National Schools Moot Court Competition, organsied by ICLA memebers Nyambeni Davhana and Alexia Katsignis, together with Prof Christof Heyns

Our Hosts, the Acting Premier of Gauteng, Mr Panyaza Lesufi and the Executive Mayor of Sedibeng District Municipality, Cllr Busisiwe Modisakeng,
Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Nkosinathi Mthethwa and all Ministers present,
Deputy Ministers, Members of the Gauteng Provincial Executive Council and Members of Parliament and Provincial Legislature present,
President of the Pan Africanist Congress,
Leaders of various political parties represented here,
Leaders of Labour, Faith-based organisations, and Civil Society,
Community of Sedibeng,
Distinguished Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Dumelang! Sanibonani! Good Day!

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UP students trained to spot fake news

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Original post: Pretoria East Rekord

These students will become part of a team helping Amnesty International researchers investigate human rights violations across the globe.

March 16, 2018

University of Pretoria (UP) students recently attended a training session on how to spot fake online news.

These students will become part of a team helping Amnesty International researchers investigate human rights violations across the globe.

The training session was hosted by the faculty of law and involved both theoretical and practical knowledge on how to spot so-called “fake news”.

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Opportunity for doctoral studies on the impact of the United Nations human rights treaties on the domestic level

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The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, invites applications from individuals interested in pursuing a doctorate degree in law, specifically on the topic of the impact of the United Nations human rights treaties on the domestic level.

 

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The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

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The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the world's largest moot court competition in which teams compete by representing countries in a simulation of a fictional dispute before the International Court of Justice. Participants from over 645 law schools in 95 countries will compete in the 2017-2018 season.

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International Moot Court Competition

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The International Moot Court (IMC) is a two-yearly international competition organised by The Hague City Council in collaboration with the City of New York. The competition is intended for high school learners and is aimed at encouraging an engagement with international (criminal) law. The competition is open to learners from all countries and is hosted in The Hague, Netherlands.

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Press Statement: University of Pretoria announces mayor new study with United Nations on the global human rights system

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Download this statement in PDF format

6 February 2018 - The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria is pleased to announce the start of a comprehensive study into the impact of the United Nations (UN) human rights treaty system in 20 countries around the world.

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Talk: Policing with Human Rights - promoting peaceful and inclusive societies

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Visit original blog post to listern to the talk: Centre of Governance & Human Rights (CGHR)

24 January 2018 - On January 18 this CGHR panel discussion brought international experts from the United Nations into conversation with academics based in Cambridge and elsewhere to explore the role of police, the act of policing, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

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Call for papers: Sixth Stellenbosch Annual Seminar on Constitutionalism in Africa (SASCA 2018) which will be held in Stellenbosch (South Africa) from 4 -7 September 2018.

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16 January 2018

The Organisers of the Stellenbosch Annual Seminar on Constitutionalism in Africa (SASCA) are pleased to announce the call for papers for the Sixth Stellenbosch Annual Seminar on Constitutionalism in Africa (SASCA 2018) which will be held in Stellenbosch (South Africa) from 4 -7 September 2018.

The theme for this seminar is "Democracy, elections and constitutionalism in Africa."

 

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