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All Africa Course on International Humanitarian Law

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Pretoria, 28 January - 06 February 2020

The Pretoria Regional Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross together with the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa and the Centre for Human Rights of the University of Pretoria will be presenting the seventeenth All Africa Course on International Humanitarian Law between 28 January and 06 February 2020.

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Media Advisory: International human rights and humanitarian law experts urge the Bolivian Government and Armed Forces to abide by their international law obligations

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San Francisco, CA, and Cambridge, MA (November 26, 2019) -- Today, experts in international law urged the Bolivian Government to abide by its international legal obligations to protect the freedom of assembly and prohibit the excessive use of force against civilian protesters. In a statement signed by a former president and a former executive secretary of the Inter-American Commission, two former and the current UN Special Rapporteurs on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, two former UN Special Rapporteurs on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Conditions, as well as leading scholars in international law, the experts made clear what the Bolivian Government’s obligations are under international law. 

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UN developing a restatement of legal rules on how demonstrations handled

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Original post: https://www.iol.co.za

Pretoria - The UN is in the process of developing a restatement of the legal rules on how demonstrations are to be handled. Prof Christof Heyns from the University of Pretoria’s law faculty, who is also a member of the UN Human Rights Committee, has been appointed to lead this process.

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Drone technology | Campaign to stop 'killer robots' with Thompson Chengeta

With the advent of the fourth industrial revolution, a plethora of technological innovations has changed the way we live and work. This innovation is also seeing new ways that wars will be fought. The soldiers won't be humans, but robots. A new generation of autonomous weapons or "killer robots" could dramatically change military drone technology. Joining us is Dr. Thompson Chengeta, a Human Rights Law expert to give us a perspective on why we should be concerned in Africa about these autonomous weapons

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UP researchers' proposal to give South stronger role at UN implemented

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A number of Univeristy of Pretoria researchers have been arguing that the United Nations human rights system will be more effecitive - with more visibility and greater global ownership - if the bodies monitoring human rights compliance by states meet not only in Geneva, but also in other parts of the world when monitoring compliance. Samoa will now be the first country to implement this proposal, when they host the Committee on the Rights of the Child there next year. According to Prof Christof Heyns, a member of the UN Human Rights Committee, this will in particualr allow countries from the South to engage more directly and on a more eqaul footing with the system.

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Major injection for international law education in South Africa

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16 October 2019 - The President of the South African Law Deans’ Association, Professor Letlhokwa George Mpedi, recently announced a partnership with global law firm White & Case LLP to support students from law faculties throughout South Africa to participate in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (“Jessup”) for at least the next two years.

 

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Invitation: launch of the United Nations Human Rights Guidance on Less Lethal Weapons and Related Equipment in Law Enforcement

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You are cordially invited by the Office of the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), in collaboration with the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, the Centre for Human Rights (University of Pretoria) and the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN in Geneva to the launch of the United Nations Human Rights Guidance on Less Lethal Weapons and Related Equipment in Law Enforcement.

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ICLA and Centre for Human Rights launch new website containing laws on the right to peaceful assembly for all UN recognised states

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ICLA and the Centre for Human Rights are delighted to announce the launch of their new global online repository of laws on the right of peaceful assembly.

Laws on the Right of Peaceful Assembly Worldwide, at www.rightofassembly.info, contains legislation and regulations on the conduct and policing of assemblies in all 197 states recognised by the United Nations. 

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Invitation: Managing public assemblies by Prof Christof Heyns

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The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA), University of Pretoria, in collaboration with the Law Faculty, University of Cape Town cordially invite you to a discussion by Prof Christof  Heyns to be held on managing public assemblies.

Date: Friday 27 September
Time: 13:00 - 14-00
Venue: Staff Common Room Kramer Law Building, University of Cape Town
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Seventh Stellenbosch Annual Seminar on Constitutionalism in Africa (SASCA 7) 2019

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Constitutionalism and the economy in Africa 18-20 September 2019

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The Seventh Stellenbosch Annual Seminar on Constitutionalism in Africa (SASCA) 2019, jointly organised by the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA) of the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria and the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) in partnership with the South African Research Chair (SARChI) on Multilevel Government, Law and Policy at Dullah Omar Institute, University of the Western Cape,  and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Rule of Law Programme for Sub-Saharan Africa, based in Kenya took place in Stellenbosch from 18-20 September 2019. The theme for the seminar was; Constitutionalism and the Economy in Africa.

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Invitation: Annual Human Rights and Policing Lecture by Prof Christof Heyns

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Date: Monday, 30 September 2019
Time: 14h00 - 16h00 (arrival and registration from 13h00)
Venue: Conference Room 2, Future Africa, University of Pretoria
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Invitation & Programme: Seventh Stellenbosch Annual Seminar on Constitutionalism in Africa (SASCA 2019)

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13 Sept 2019

You are cordially invited to attend two public lectures at STIAS organised as part of the Seventh Stellenbosch Annual Seminar on Constitutionalism in Africa, (SASCA 2019), 18-20 September 2019.

Former South African Minister of Finance, Mr Trevor Manuel will make the keynote address on Wednesday 18 September from 10h00 to 11h00.

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The Seventh Stellenbosch Annual Seminar on Constitutionalism in Africa (SASCA 2019)

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The Seventh Stellenbosch Annual Seminar on Constitutionalism in Africa (SASCA 2019) will be held in Stellenbosch (South Africa) from Wednesday 18 September to Friday 20 September 2019. As in the past, SASCA 2019 will be jointly organised by the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA) of the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, and the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) in partnership with the South African Research Chair in Multilevel Government, Law and Policy (SARChI) at the Dullah Omar Institute, University of the Western Cape and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Rule of Law Program for Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Prof. Heyns intervenes in UK Supreme Court case concerning “Jihadi George"

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In the last few days of its sitting before the summer recess the UK Supreme Court heard arguments in the matter of Maha el Gizouli v. Secretary of State for the Home Department. This case was appealed from the High Court, where a judge had earlier ruled the Home Secretary had acted lawfully in passing communications intelligence gathered by the United Kingdom to prosecutors in the United States in order to facilitate their case against Mr El Shafee Elsheikh (known as "Jihadi George", one of the Islamic State terrorist cell called the “Beatles”).

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Invitation: Department of Jurisprudence Research discussion

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Perspectives of peaceful assembly Presented by Prof Christof Heyns

Public demonstrations emerged during the 20th Century as a powerful and popular form of political participation and mobilisation. It is a tool which has often been used in the pursuit of freedom, but it has also been used for many other causes. It has in some cases resulted in violence being used by the state, or by participants, or both. The recent events in places such as Hong Kong, Paris and Harare - and, closer to home, on our campus - present the question: How should states respond to peaceful (and not so peaceful) assemblies?

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Invitation: Panel discussion on "Working as a UN Expert"

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20 August

The Faculty of Law is currently in the unique position where a number of its professors serve as part-time expert members of United Nations bodies involved in the development of international law.

Two of them will discuss their work and how the appointment procedure works.

This should be of special interest to students who consider a career with an international dimension.

Date: 4 September 2019 | 12:30 – 13:30
Venue: Under the umbrella at the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa
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Call for papers: SDG 16 Symposium: Safe communities, just societies and effective governance, 5 September 2019

8 August 2019

South Africa is in the process of completing its first National Report within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in addition to presenting its Voluntary National Review at the UN High Level Political Forum in New York in July. The University of Pretoria has over the past six months been working with Stats SA to contribute to South Africa’s reports.

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

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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CHR hosts public lecture by Clement Voule and Christof Heyns

10 June 2019

The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria hosted a public lecture by Clement Voule, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of peaceful assembly and association, and Christof Heyns, member of the UN Human Rights Committee on 4 June 2019.

Mr Voule spoke about his upcoming report to the UN Human Rights Council, on assemblies in the digital age. Prof Heyns spoke about General Comment 37 of the Human Rights Committee on the right of peaceful assembly. 

Forthcoming publication: Self-Defence against Non-State Actors Volume 1

17 May 2019

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In this book, self-defence against non-state actors is examined by three scholars whose geographical, professional, theoretical, and methodological backgrounds and outlooks differ greatly. Their trialogue is framed by an introduction and a conclusion by the series editors. The novel scholarly format accommodates the pluralism and value changes of the current era, a shifting world order and the rise in nationalism and populism. 

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TuksLaw Jessup Team does Faculty proud on world stage

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15 May 2019

In April 2019, the University of Pretoria’s Jessup Team represented South Africa at the International Rounds of the Phillip C Jessup Moot Court Competition in Washington DC. The team had won the South African National Rounds held in Johannesburg in February, where they were declared the ‘Overall Winner’ and thereby earned the right to represent South Africa at the International Rounds. More than 700 Law Faculties competed in the 2019 Jessup Competition across the globe

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International guidelines on human rights and drug policy

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Drug control intersects with much of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the UN Member State pledge to leave no one behind. In line with the 2030 Agenda, the UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021 and the HIV, Health and Development Strategy 2016-2021: Connecting the Dots, the International Guidelines on Human Rights and Drug Policy provide a comprehensive set of international legal standards for placing human dignity and sustainable development at the centre of Member State responses to illicit drug economies.

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The Law on Police Use of Force Website

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The Centre for Human Rights website covering domestic laws on the use of force by law enforcement officials worldwide (https://www.policinglaw.info) now covers the laws of 200 countries worldwide. 

The website was started last year, under the supervision of Prof Stuart Maslen. Prof Maslen, who specialises in international law and in particular on the use of force, worked on his own and with students of the Centre, as well as with a clinical group at Oxford University and experts and students at universities in India and Switzerland, to gather the laws from these countries and to do an evaluation of how they measure up to international norms. 

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U.N. Rebukes Vietnam for Activist Arrests, Executions

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Original post: The New York Times

28 March

GENEVA — A U.N. human rights watchdog called on Vietnam on Thursday to stop imprisoning activists and journalists for criticizing state policies and voiced concern at a "high number of death sentences and executions" imposed for lesser crimes after flawed trials.

The U.N. Human Rights Committee reviewed Vietnam's record on upholding civil and political freedoms, marking the first time Hanoi has engaged with the independent experts since 2002.

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U.N. Urges Eritrea to Probe Killings, Missing Detainees

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Original post: The New York Times

28 March

GENEVA — Eritrea must investigate allegations of extrajudicial killings by its security forces and resolve the fate of dozens of missing detainees, including a former finance minister, a United Nations human rights watchdog said on Thursday.

Military conscripts should not be to subjected to forced labor in mining or construction "while receiving no or very little salary" during indefinite national service, it said.

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UN Urges Eritrea to Clarify Fate of Dozens of Missing People

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Original post: VOA News

28 March

GENEVA — U.N. Human Rights experts are calling on the government of Eritrea to clarify the fate of dozens of disappeared people whose whereabouts have remained unknown since 2001.

Eritrea is one of seven countries examined by the Human Rights Committee, which monitors the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

The 18 independent experts of the Human Rights Committee have many concerns about the prevailing situation in Eritrea.

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UN HRCtte hears half-day of contributions on a new general comment on the right of peaceful assembly

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28 March

On 20 March the UN Human Rights Committee (HRCtte) dedicated a half-day of their current 125th session to hearing from civil society and expert stakeholders who had made written contributions concerning their next general comment, which will be on the right to peaceful assembly.

The HRCtte is one of the UN’s “treaty bodies”, and overseas the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). In addition to receiving state reports and individual petitions, the treaty bodies also periodically adopt “General Comments” which are designed to condense their jurisprudence and provide interpretive guidance on their respective treaties. The HRCtte’s most recent general comment was No.36 on the right to life (Art.6).

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Human Rights Committee holds general discussion in preparation for a general comment on the right of peaceful assembly

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GENEVA (20 March 2019) - The Human Rights Committee this morning held a half-day general comments discussion in preparation for a general comment on article 21 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights on the right of peaceful assembly.

Introducing the general comment, Christof Heyns, Committee Expert and Rapporteur for the general comment N°37, said that protest action was a defining part of the modern era and that allowing a platform for peaceful protest within a sensible framework was an integral part of the quest for a more peaceful world.  The drafting process offered a singular opportunity to develop a coherent framework on which to base the future jurisprudence and to examine how new developments in the world impacted this right.  Clearly, he said, assemblies were a “different animal” in the world of instant communications, surveillance, many more forms of non-lethal weapons, and the increasing use of drones in policing actions.  Based on the written submissions received so far and today’s discussion, the Committee would develop the first draft of the general comment, which would be publicly discussed in July 2019, while the final version was expected by end of 2020.

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Why the closure of Burundi’s UN human rights office is a major setback

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13 March

Author: Christof Heyns

After 23 years, the UN Human Rights Office in Burundi has closed – at the insistence of the country’s government. The Conversation Africa’s Moina Spooner spoke to Professor Christof Heyns, who was Chair of the United Nations Independent Investigation on Burundi, about the closure, why it happened and what this means for the country.

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Geneva diplomats briefed about new research on the national impact of United Nations treaty bodies

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13 March

On 18 February 2019, researchers from 20 countries briefed state representatives about their research on the national impact of the United Nations (UN) treaty bodies (TBs).

This study, led by Professors Christof Heyns and Frans Viljoen at the Human Rights Center of the University of Pretoria and in collaboration with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, examines the impact of the UN human rights treaty system at the national level. Researchers based in 20 countries investigate the extent to which the work of UN TBs has had an impact on their country’s constitution, legal system and policies. Results will be presented by the end of 2019.

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New publication by Stuart Casey-Maslen: The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons: A Commentary

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This is a legal commentary on the most recent global disarmament law treaty. Born out of deep concern about the humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and a frustration at the refusal of nuclear-armed powers to countenance nuclear disarmament, the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is an important addition to the corpus of international law. The commentary includes an introduction to nuclear weapons and the international legal framework prior to the treaty's adoption at the United Nations. It then analyses the treaty itself article by article, looking at issues of state responsibility and attribution, jurisdiction, and compatibility with membership of military alliances.

Invitation: SDG Public Lecture Series

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The South African SDG Hub at the Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership cordially invite you to an SDG Public Lecture on SDG 16 delivered by Professor Christof Heyns

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UN Job Opening: Internship-Human Rights (Regional), I (Temporary Job Opening)

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Posting Title:Internship-Human Rights (Regional), I (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: INTERN - HUMAN RIGHTS
Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: BANGKOK
Posting Period: 13 January 2019 - 31 December 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-110034-J-Bangkok (A)
Staffing Exercise: N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

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Reporting on South Africa’s pursuit of SDG-16

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3 January 2019

The researchers who form the Freedom from Violence initiative at ICLA will be involved over the coming months in drafting the text of South Africa’s National Report on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGR) with respect to SDG-16, the goal aimed at promoting peaceful and inclusive societies, providing access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

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The impact of the UN human rights treaty system on the domestic level: A call for human rights researchers worldwide to contribute to a global study

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What has been the influence to date of the main United Nations human rights treaties, and the work of the committees that monitor compliance by States with these treaties, on the lives of people worldwide? A group of human rights researchers are currently engaged in a comprehensive ‘domestic impact study’ that will address this question in 20 countries. Researchers in other parts of the world are now also encouraged to undertake research on the same issue in their home countries.

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Tlatlaya could be a summary execution case: UN

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20 November 2018

The (former) special rapporteur of the UN Christof Heyns through a statement urged the government of Enrique Peña Nieto to clarify the murders of 22 alleged criminals in the Mexican municipality of Tlatlaya that could be summary executions.

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New publication by Stuart Casey-Maslen: Hague Law Interpreted: The Conduct of Hostilities under the Law of Armed Conflict

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12 November 2018

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Given the centrality of Hague Law to the prosecution and impact of armed conflict, the relative paucity of dedicated works is surprising. The general formulation of Hague Law rules is largely uncontroversial, but this clarity stands in stark contrast to their interpretation and practical application. How precisely, for instance, the fundamental rules of distinction and proportionality in attack are to dictate and constrain the planning and practice of warfare continues to be highly uncertain. This important new publication fills the gap in the literature. Offering a comprehensive survey of the Hague Law, it explores general questions of definitions and accountability, to the substantive rules and their application to different types of warfare.

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Call for papers: Seventh Stellenbosch Annual Seminars on Constitutionalism in Africa 2019 (SASCA 2019)

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07 November 2018

The Organisers of the Stellenbosch Annual Seminar on Constitutionalism in Africa (SASCA) are pleased to announce the call for papers for the Seventh Stellenbosch Annual Seminar on Constitutionalism in Africa (SASCA 2019) which will be held in Stellenbosch (South Africa) from Wednesday 18 September to Friday 20 September 2019. As in the past, SASCA 2019 will be jointly organised by the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA) of the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, and the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) in partnership with the South African Research Chair in Multilevel Government, Law and Policy (SARChI) at the Dullah Omar Institute, University of the Western Cape and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Rule of Law Program for Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Towards guidance on the use of less-lethal weapons in law enforcement

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11 October 2018

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On 8 and 9 October, members of the Academic Working Group – a group of experts convened by the Geneva Academy and the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (University of Pretoria) – met at the Villa Moynier to consult states and to discuss revisions made to a proposed text of guidance on less-lethal weapons (LLWs) and related equipment in law enforcement.

 

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Promoting peaceful and inclusive societies: Prof Christof Heyns and Dr Thomas Probert lecture on SDG 16

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The Faculty of Law recently hosted the latest in a series of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) lectures at the University of Pretoria. For this lecture, talks were dedicated to SDG 16, which reads as follows:

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

 

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ICLA doctoral student featured as University of Stellenbosch alumnus

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“Change is already right here, and the youth, disadvantaged youth included, should be empowered and given the chance to lead by example.” Dagnachew Wakene - Alumnus of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

As a polio-survivor born and raised in Ethiopia, Stellenbosch University (SU) alumnus Dagnachew ‘Dag’ Wakene worked tirelessly to overcome prejudice and misconceptions about his capabilities. In doing so, he has become a voice for many disenfranchised people, not only in his home country, but also the broader continent.

 

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UP Law research underpins resolution by European Parliament to ban killer robots

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13 September 2018


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On 11 September 2018, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling for the elaboration of a binding international treaty to prohibit lethal autonomous weapons systems. One of the main sources cited by the resolution is research done by Prof Christof Heyns, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria.

 

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Two Chief Justices speak at seminar on constitutionalism in Africa

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12 September 2018

The Honourable Mogoeng Mogoeng, Chief Justice of South Africa, and the Honourable David Maraga, Chief Justice of Kenya, were the keynote speakers at the Sixth Stellenbosch Annual Seminar on Constitutionalism in Africa.

 

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Sixth Stellenbosch Annual Seminar on Constitutionalism in Africa (SASCA 2018) Democracy, elections and constitutionalism in Africa

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The Sixth Stellenbosch Annual Seminar on Constitutionalism in Africa (SASCA) 2018, jointly organised by the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA) of the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria and the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) in partnership with the South African Research Chair  (SARChI) on Multilevel Government, Law and Policy at Dullah Omar Institute, University of the Western Cape,  and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Rule of Law Programme for Sub-Saharan Africa, based in Kenya. from 4-6 September 2018. The theme for the seminar was Democracy, elections and constitutionalism in Africa.

 

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Invitation: Geneva Guidelines on less-lethal weapons and related equipment in law enforcement

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5 September 2018

The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa and the Geneva Academy invite you to a discussion targeted at seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders on a set of draft guidelines on the lawful and responsible redesign, production, procurement, testing, training, transfer and use of non-lethal weapons and related equipment. 

 

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Programme: Sixth Stellenbosch Annual Seminar on Constitutionalism in Africa (SASCA 2018)

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The sixth Stellenbosch Annual Seminar on Constitutionalism in Africa (SASCA 2018) will take place in Stellenbosch (South Africa) from Tuesday 4 September to Thursday 6 September 2018.

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Doctoral Opportunity: Questions of the use of force in counter-poaching operations

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The protection of some of Africa’s most precious natural resources—its population of rare and endangered species—from exploitation at the hands of poachers, is a critical priority of law enforcement in many African countries. 

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Invitation: Lunch-time discussion by Prof Dire Tladi on ‘South Africa and Jordan’s Non-Cooperation Case: The Final Act?’

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28 August 2018

You are cordially invited to a Lunch-time discussion by Prof Dire Tladi on ‘South Africa and Jordan’s Non-Cooperation Case: The Final Act?’

On 10 -14 September, Prof Dire Tladi from the Department of Public Law and the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa, will appear as counsel on behalf of the African Union in the International Criminal Court in The Hague, in a hearing concerning the question whether South Africa and Jordan were guilty of non- cooperation with the Court. Both States did not arrest the Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir when he attended heads of State summits in their countries. Prof Tladi will provide an introduction to the case and field questions.

 

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UP Law hosts 11th Annual Faculty Festival

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27 August 2018

From 15 to 17 August 2018 the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria hosted its annual Faculty Festival themed ‘Year of the Womxn’, celebrated and enjoyed by students and staff.

 

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Stakeholder consultation: Geneva Guidelines on less-lethal weapons and related equipment in law enforcement

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3 August 2018

Stakeholders are invited to submit comments or suggestions to a draft set of guidelines on the lawful and responsible design, production, procurement, testing, training, transfer, and use of less-lethal weapons and related equipment. These draft guidelines have been developed following a broad consultation process carried out in the framework of the Geneva Human Rights Platform and its focus on current challenges related to the use of force.

 

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Why moot courts can play a valuable role in teaching kids about human rights

Original post: The Conversation

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 70 this year. It was adopted by global leaders after World War II to try and avoid future conflict on that scale. The declaration ushered in what we know and understand about human rights today. It calls for nations to “strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance”.

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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

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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

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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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High-level Panel points towards new emphasis on domestic implementation and compliance

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BY MARY GRACE CAREY, UNIVERSAL RIGHTS GROUP MARCH 13, 2018 BLOG IN FOCUS: DOMESTIC IMPLEMENTATION OF UNIVERSAL NORMS

On Wednesday 28th February, the Human Rights Council marked the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 25th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Plan of Action with a High Level Panel, as requested by Russian-led resolution 35/1. The discussion focused on the implementation of the provisions of these key human rights documents, including the benefits of enhanced international cooperation to that end. In a sign of renewed interest national-level compliance with universal norms, much of the discussion focused on the newly emergent ‘implementation agenda’ – how States might better translate their international obligations into improved laws and practices, and how the international community might better support them in that regard.

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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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University of Pretoria: 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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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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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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Invitation to a panel discussion on Policing with Human Rights - Promoting peaceful & inclusive societies

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17 January 2018 - Students and other interested parties are invited to attend a panel discussion on: "Policing with Human Rights - Promoting peaceful & inclusive societies"

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Date: Thursday 18 January
Time: 18:00
Venue: SG1, Alison Richard Building

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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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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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Faculty visit by World Trade Organization delegation

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The WTO is visiting our Law Faculty with the aims as stated below. Young interns, M or D students, young professionals, or fixed-term staff are invited to attend for the purposes mentioned below.

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TuksLaw hosts 'Working as a UN expert' information session for students

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On 12 October 2017 students and other interested parties from the University of Pretoria attended a panel discussion on: 'Working as a UN expert'.

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International Organizations: How to Get your Foot in the Door

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There are a few different ways to get an experience from international organizations, and the United Nations as a young student.

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Invitation to a panel discussion on 'Working as a UN expert'

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Students and other interested parties are invited to attend a panel discussion on: ‘Working as a UN expert’. The Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria is currently in the unique position where three of its professors serve as expert members of United Nations bodies involved in the development of international law. They will discuss their work and how the appointment procedure works. This should be of special interest to students who consider a career with an international dimension.

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Invitation to a panel discussion on 'Working as a UN expert'

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Students and other interested parties are invited to attend a panel discussion on: ‘Working as a UN expert’. The Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria is currently in the unique position where three of its professors serve as expert members of United Nations bodies involved in the development of international law. They will discuss their work and how the appointment procedure works. This should be of special interest to students who consider a career with an international dimension.

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State management of assemblies in the new age of protest

Riot police at protests in Charlottesville, USA, in August 2017. Image: Stephen Melkisethian/Flickr. Some rights reserved.
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CHRISTOF HEYNS 2 October 2017

With a sharp increase in protest around the world over the past decade, international and domestic standards for state protection and management of assemblies must be pursued.

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New publication by Professor Charles Fombad: Constitutional Adjudication in Africa

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This post is in conversation with Professor Charles M Fombad editor of the recently published Constitutional Adjudication in Africa (Oxford University Press, 2017).

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Immunity granted to Grace Mugabe challenged in debate between Professor Dire Tladi and Dr Thompson Chengeta

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On 11 September 2017, the Institute of International and Comparative Law in Africa at the University of Pretoria hosted a debate between Professor Dire Tladi and Dr Thompson Chengeta on whether the Government of South Africa’s decision to grant Grace Mugabe immunity is within the confines of the law. The debate was chaired by the Director of Centre for Human Rights, Professor Frans Viljoen.

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University of Pretoria Record of performance in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

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University of Pretoria Record of performance in the  Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

Following their performance at the national rounds in March, the TuksLaw Moot Society’s Jessup team, consisting of oralists Ashley Makgatho (LLB II) and Mary-Ann Gettliffe (LLM), coach Gift Kgomosotho (LLM and Researcher at ICLA) and assistant coach Tino Kakora (LLB IV), was invited to represent South Africa at the International Rounds of the 58th Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington DC from 9 to 16 April 2017.

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Pretoria News: Tuks legal eagle trio fly high on key UN bodies

Tuks legal eagle trio fly high on key UN bodies

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Three law professors from the Tuks faculty of law, Christof Heyns, Dire Tladi and Ann Skelton, serve as international experts on key UN bodies in Geneva, responsible for the development and application of international law.

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Legal expertise in department benefits local law students

THE University of Pretoria is currently in the unique position where three law professors from the faculty of law serve as international experts on key UN bodies in Geneva, responsible for the development and application of international law.

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Bringing the UN Treaty Body system closer to the people

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Bringing the UN Treaty Body system closer to the people

by Christof Heyns, Professor of Human Rights Law, Univeristy of Pretoria and member of the UN Human Rights Committee and Willem Gravett, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria

Original Blog: Universal Rights Group Geneva | Strengthening policy through dialogue
14 August 2017

The ongoing process of strengthening the UN Treaty Body system provides a welcome opportunity to reflect on some of our hidden assumptions. The Treaty Bodies have over time gravitated towards Geneva, and it now appears to be the assumption that this is simply the way things should be done. Notwithstanding, we want to argue that reform of the human rights Treaty Body system should include efforts to ‘bring the Treaty Body system closer to the people on the ground.’ More specifically, Treaty Bodies should not solely meet in Geneva, but should also convene regional meetings away from their home base at Palais Wilson.

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Call for applications: UN JPO Programme

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Call for applications: UN JPO Programme

The  following 4 positions are open in the context of the JPO scheme sponsored by the Government of The Netherlands and are addressed exclusively to candidates with citizenship of one the following countries: 

Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Application deadline: 14 August 2017

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Conference on the rule of law in Sub-Saharan Africa: promises, progress, pitfalls and prospects

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Conference on the rule of law in Sub-Saharan Africa: promises, progress, pitfalls and prospects
29-30 June 2017

University of Pretoria, South Africa

Summary Report

This conference which was jointly organized by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Rule of Law Program for Sub-Saharan Africa and the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, South Africa. The conference sought to identify and discuss the contemporary challenges to, and reasons for the steady decline in the rule of law in the Sub-Saharan region. The conference also looked at possible solutions and the prospects for the future.

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Conference Invitation: 'The rule of law in Sub-Saharan Africa: Promises, progress, pitfalls and prospects'

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Conference Invitation: 'The rule of law in Sub-Saharan Africa: Promises, progress, pitfalls and prospects'

The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA) of the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria, in partnership with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Rule of Law Programme for Sub-Saharan Africa have the pleasure of inviting you to attend a conference on the theme 'The rule of law in Sub-Saharan Africa: Promises, progress, pitfalls and prospects'.

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Conference Invitation: 'The rule of law in Sub-Saharan Africa: Promises, progress, pitfalls and prospects'

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Conference Invitation: 'The rule of law in Sub-Saharan Africa: Promises, progress, pitfalls and prospects'

The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA) of the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria, in partnership with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Rule of Law Programme for Sub-Saharan Africa have the pleasure of inviting you to attend a conference on the theme 'The rule of law in Sub-Saharan Africa: Promises, progress, pitfalls and prospects'.

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Conference Invitation: 'The rule of law in Sub-Saharan Africa: Promises, progress, pitfalls and prospects'

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Conference Invitation: 'The rule of law in Sub-Saharan Africa: Promises, progress, pitfalls and prospects'

The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA) of the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria, in partnership with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Rule of Law Programme for Sub-Saharan Africa have the pleasure of inviting you to attend a conference on the theme 'The rule of law in Sub-Saharan Africa: Promises, progress, pitfalls and prospects'.

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Researchers from UP play central role in new UN guidelines on investigation of unlawful deaths

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Researchers from UP play central role in new UN guidelines on investigation of unlawful deaths

The Office of the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva announced on 24 May 2017 the release of the Minnesota Protocol on the Investigation of Potentially Unlawful Death (2016).

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Expert Seminars on Current Challenges to Human Rights: Policing of Assemblies: Use of Force and Accountability

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1-2 May 2017, Villa Barton, Auditorium Jacques Freymond, 134 rue de Lausanne

The Geneva Academy Expert Seminars on current challenges to human rights provide an annual space for discussion among those who are at the forefront of securing promotion and protection of human rights in contemporary practice. They connect experts and practitioners in the United Nations and regional systems, diplomats, academics, and civil society representatives.

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UP law students no 16 on world ranking list

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TuksLaw best ever at largest Jessup ever

Following their performance at the national rounds in March, the TuksLaw Moot Society’s Jessup team, consisting of oralists Ashley Makgatho (LLB II) and Mary-Ann Gettliffe (LLM), coach Gift Kgomosotho (LLM and Researcher at ICLA) and assistant coach Tino Kakora (LLB IV), was invited to represent South Africa at the International Rounds of the 58th Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington DC from 9 to 16 April 2017.

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Call for papers: Conference on "The rule of law in Sub-Saharan Africa: Promises, progress, pitfalls and prospects"

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Call for papers: Conference on "The rule of law in Sub-Saharan Africa: Promises, progress, pitfalls and prospects"

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The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA) of the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Rule of Law Programme for Sub-Saharan Africa are organising a conference on the theme, “The rule of law in Sub-Saharan Africa: Promises, progress, pitfalls and prospects.” This will take place in Pretoria on 29 and 30 June 2017 at the University of Pretoria.

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

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

The University of Pretoria, working with a global network of research partners (including in Cambridge, Geneva and other African countries), 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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Maluwa, du Plessis, & Tladi: Essays in Honour of John Dugard

Maluwa, du Plessis, & Tladi: Essays in Honour of John Dugard

Tiyanjana Maluwa (Penn State Univ. - Law), Max du Plessis (Univ. of KwaZulu-Natal - Law), & Dire Tladi (Univ. of Pretoria - Law) have published The Pursuit of a Brave New World in International Law: Essays in Honour of John Dugard (Brill | Nijhoff 2017).

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Call for African reporters: Oxford’s Constitutions of the Countries of the World (CCW)

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Call for African reporters: Oxford’s Constitutions of the Countries of the World (CCW)

The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA) in the Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria wishes to invite interested persons to apply for the position of country reporter for any of the countries indicated below for Oxford’s CCW.

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Call for papers: Fifth Stellenbosch Annual Seminar on Constitutionalism in Africa (SASCA 2017)

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Call for papers: Fifth Stellenbosch Annual Seminar on Constitutionalism in Africa (SASCA 2017)

The Organisers of the Stellenbosch Annual Seminar on Constitutionalism in Africa (SASCA) are pleased to announce the call for papers for the Fifth Stellenbosch Annual Seminar on Constitutionalism in Africa (SASCA 2017) which will be held in Stellenbosch (South Africa) from Tuesday 19 September to Friday 22 September 2017. 

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Invitation to Lunch Lecture by Professor Stephan Hobe: ‘The Future of the European Union and its Implications for the Relations with (South) Africa’

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Invitation to Lunch Lecture by Professor Stephan Hobe: ‘The Future of the European Union and its Implications for the Relations with (South) Africa’

On 22 February 2017, Prof. Dr. Stephan Hobe (University of Cologne/ University of Pretoria), will present a lunch lecture entitled ‘The Future of the European Union and its Implications for the Relations with (South) Africa’, courtesy of the SARChI Professorship of International Constitutional Law. The lecture will be held at Brooklyn Place, Pretoria.

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The New York Times: Burundi Killings Could Ignite Wider African Crisis, U.N. Report Warns

The body of a domestic worker who was shot by the police lay in the back of a truck in Musaga, a neighborhood of Bujumbura, the capital, in January. GRIFF TAPPER / AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE — GETTY IMAGES

The New York Times: Burundi Killings Could Ignite Wider African Crisis, U.N. Report Warns 

GENEVA — “I could be your child; I beg you, save me,” the 16-year-old pleaded to police officers in Burundi. Seconds later, an officer put two bullets in his head.

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Burundi bans three UN investigators over damning report

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The authorities in Burundi barred the UN employees from entering the African country after a UN report accused the government of abuse. Bujumbura also warned of a "plot" to harm the country before an international court.

The human rights investigators were no longer welcome in Burundi, Foreign Affairs Minister Alain Aime Nyamitwe said on Monday, adding that the decision was effective immediately.

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UP researchers excel at the 2016 NRF Awards

UP researchers excel at the 2016 NRF Awards

The annual NRF Awards recognise and celebrate South African research excellence. Awards are presented to researchers in two categories, namely special recognition awards and ratings-linked awards. The special recognition awards provide a platform for honouring researchers for career achievements and contributions to knowledge creation and dissemination, as well as capacity development and transformation. The ratings-linked awards are given to researchers who have qualified for an A or P rating, as evaluated through the peer review-based NRF rating system. Several of UP's top researchers received recognition during the recent NRF awards ceremony.

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Summary report: Conference on the Implementation of Modern African Constitutions: Challenges and Prospects

Summary report: Conference on the Implementation of Modern African Constitutions: Challenges and Prospects

This conference organized by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung under the auspices of its Rule of Law Program for Sub-Saharan Africa, in collaboration with the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, South Africa, sought to provide a better understanding of the challenges to constitutional implementation in Africa so as to draw attention to the causes of regression in constitutionalism and endeavour to suggest solutions to the same.

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Development of Constitutionalism in Africa: Problems and Future

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The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa in the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria cordially invites you to a seminar on the Development of Constitutionalism in Africa: Problems and Future

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Development of Constitutionalism in Africa: Problems and Future

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The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa in the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria cordially invites you to a seminar on the Development of Constitutionalism in Africa: Problems and Future

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International workshop on 'Controversial Aspects of the International Criminal Law Section of the African Court of Justice’

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International workshop on 'Controversial Aspects of the International Criminal Law Section of the African Court of Justice’

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The SARChI Chair in International Constitutional Law in the Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria organised an international workshop on 'Controversial Aspects of the International Criminal Law Section of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights'. This workshop was held at the University of Pretoria main campus on 12 August 2016.

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International workshop on 'Controversial Aspects of the International Criminal Law Section of the African Court of Justice’

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International workshop on 'Controversial Aspects of the International Criminal Law Section of the African Court of Justice’

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The SARChI Chair in International Constitutional Law in the Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria organised an international workshop on 'Controversial Aspects of the International Criminal Law Section of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights'. This workshop was held at the University of Pretoria main campus on 12 August 2016.

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Media Coverage: Prof Christof Heyns elected to the United Nations Human Rights Committee

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Media Coverage: Prof Christof Heyns elected to the United Nations Human Rights Committee

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Statement on the Conference on the Implementation of Modern African Constitutions: Challenges and Prospects

Statement on the Conference on the Implementation of Modern African Constitutions: Challenges and Prospects

A two day conference on the “Implementing Modern African Constitutions: Challenges and Prospects,” took place at the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, South Africa between 23 and 24 June 2016.

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Prof Christof Heyns elected to the Human Rights Committee

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Prof Christof Heyns elected to the Human Rights Committee

Prof Christof Heyns, professor of human rights law at the University of Pretoria, was nominated in March 2016 by the South African Government as its candidate to the prestigious 18 member United Nations Human Rights Committee, and was elected as a member in New York on 23 June.

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The human rights situation in Ukraine two years after Euromaidan

The Human Rights House Foundation is pleased to invite you to the event:

"The human rights situation in Ukraine two years after Euromaidan: a view from civil society" scheduled on Monday 20 June from 17:00 to 18:00 in Room XXIV.

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The human rights situation in Ukraine two years after Euromaidan

The Human Rights House Foundation is pleased to invite you to the event:

"The human rights situation in Ukraine two years after Euromaidan: a view from civil society" scheduled on Monday 20 June from 17:00 to 18:00 in Room XXIV.

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Burundi: On second visit to country, UN human rights experts call for concrete steps to end crisis

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Photo credit: UNHCR/Benjamin Loyseau  | More than a quarter of a million Burundians have fled to neighbouring countries since April 25, 2015, most of them to Tanzania. Nduta refugee camp is located in north-western Tanzania and can barely provide shelter, latrines and showers to every refugee.

Original post: UN News

Concluding their second visit to Burundi, a team of United Nations independent human rights experts welcomed certain improvements in the country, but warned that the recent “calm should not be confused with long term stability,” and also called on all parties in the country to stop the use of violence as a political tool.

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A small group of people is changing the world for good

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“The world, if left to its own devices, is balanced evenly between good and bad. Each of us has the ability to tip it.” Christof Heyns, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.

Especially today, with the horrific news of the Orlando mass shooting capturing people’s attention, a ray of optimism is needed. That beam of light was mighty and bright at our Human Rights Awards Dinner this month when we celebrated and honored people who are tipping the world in the right direction.

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Professor Christof Heyns receives prestigious award from The Advocates for Human Rights

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Professor Christof Heyns receives prestigious award from The Advocates for Human Rights

9 June 2016

The Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria congratulates Prof Christof Heyns on receiving the prestigious Don and Arvonne Fraser Human Rights Award from The Advocates for Human Rights (AHR) on the evening of 1 June 2016 in Minneapolis. The organisation 'Advocates for Human Rights' works locally and globally to fight injustice, restore peace, save lives and build the human rights movement.

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New publication by Professor Charles Fombad: The Separation of Powers in African Constitutionalism

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New publication by Professor Charles Fombad: The Separation of Powers in African Constitutionalism

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The new series Stellenbosch Handbooks in African Constitutional Law will engage with contemporary issues of constitutionalism in Africa, filling a notable gap in African comparative constitutional law.

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First Annual Expert Seminar on the Right to Life

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First Annual Expert Seminar on the Right to Life

GENEVA 11-13 MAY 2016

A collaboration between the Geneva Academy, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, and The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa, University of Pretoria

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First Annual Expert Seminar on the Right to Life

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First Annual Expert Seminar on the Right to Life

GENEVA 11-13 MAY 2016

A collaboration between the Geneva Academy, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, and The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa, University of Pretoria

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Two ICLA Fellows Quoted in Supreme Court of Appeal Decision

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Two ICLA Fellows Quoted in Supreme Court of Appeal Decision

On 15 March 2016 the Supreme Court of Appeal decided the case of The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development v The Southern African Litigation Centre, dismissing the Government’s appeal against the North-Gauteng High Court decision which found that the Government’s failure to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was unlawful.

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When the going gets tough, TuksLaw alumnus Thompson Chengeta gets going – against all odds

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When the going gets tough, TuksLaw alumnus Thompson Chengeta gets going – against all odds

TuksLaw alumnus Thompson Chengeta was born in Shurugwi, a small town in Zimbabwe. After the death of his father, Thompson had little hope for his future. ‘I remember myself as a little boy wondering how it felt to be able to ask your parents to do something for you. That privilege of saying ‘Father I need this and that’. I wondered how it felt to be a kid who plays with others in the playground. I missed out on that as most of the time I had to work to raise school fees and food. I did not see any hope, but God did.’.

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Call for papers: Fourth Stellenbosch Annual Seminar on Constitutionalism in Africa (SASCA 2016)

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Call for papers: Fourth Stellenbosch Annual Seminar on Constitutionalism in Africa (SASCA 2016)

The Fourth Stellenbosch Annual Seminar on Constitutionalism in Africa (SASCA 2016), will be held in Stellenbosch from Wednesday 7- Friday 9 September 2016. SASCA 2016 will be jointly organized by the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA) of the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) and the South African Research Chair in Multilevel Government, Law and Policy (SARChL) at the Dulluah Omar Institute, University of the Western Cape.

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ICLA hosts workshop on the right to life in Africa

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ICLA hosts workshop on the right to life in Africa

Professor Christof Heyns and his research team in the Unlawful Killings Unit of the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA) are leading a research project examining the right to life in Africa, particularly the role of commissions of inquiry.  

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Charles Fombad appointed as founding member of the Transnational Advisory Group to the Association of American Law Schools

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Charles Fombad appointed as founding member of the Transnational Advisory Group to the Association of American Law Schools

On 2 October 2015 Professor Charles Fombad was invited to be a founding member of the Transnational Advisory Group to the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), a non-profit association of 180 law schools. 

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Capacity Building in Air, Space and Telecommunications Law

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Capacity building in Air, Space and Telecommunications Law: 1-12 February 2016, Pretoria

The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa in the Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria (UP) in collaboration with the Aerospace Industry Support Initiative of the South African Department of Trade and Industry will facilitate capacity building in international air, space and telecommunications law.

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Capacity Building in Air, Space and Telecommunications Law

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Capacity building in Air, Space and Telecommunications Law: 1-12 February 2016, Pretoria

The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa in the Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria (UP) in collaboration with the Aerospace Industry Support Initiative of the South African Department of Trade and Industry will facilitate capacity building in international air, space and telecommunications law.

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LLM in Public International Law Specializations 2016

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Call for applications: Faculty of Law’s LLM in Public International Law
20 August 2015

The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa in collaboration with the Department of Public Law of the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria is calling for applications to the Faculty’s LLM in Public International Law.

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Scholarship and exchange possibilities at Cornell Law School in 2016/ 17

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Scholarship and exchange possibilities at Cornell Law School in 2016/ 17

LL.M Scolarship

The University of Cornell Law School (USA) is offering one LLM position in August 2015 for a graduate from the UP Faculty of Law. This scholarship includes admission to the LLM programme and a full tuition waiver. Depending on need, the successful student will also be eligible for some financial assistance in order to covering living expenses.

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New publication:The Implementation of International Law in Germany and South Africa

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New publication:The Implementation of International Law in Germany and South Africa

The publication ' The Implementation of International Law in Germany and South Africa ' (edited by Erika de Wet, Holger Hestermeyer and Rüdiger Wolfrum and published by the Pretoria University Law Press) is now available online.

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ICLA hosts high profile debate:'Omar Al-Bashir and South Africa's obligations: Beyond the sound bites'

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ICLA hosts high profile debate:'Omar Al-Bashir and South Africa's obligations: Beyond the sound bites'

On 25 June 2015 the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria hosted a high-profile debate between Professor Dire Tladi, (Professor of international Law in the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria and member of the United Nations International Law Commission and Special Advisor to the South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation) and Professor Johan van der Vyver, (IT Cohen Professor of International Law and Human Rights at Emory Law School, Atlanta, Georgia, and Extraordinary Professor in the Department of Private Law, University of Pretoria) on 'Omar Al-Bashir and South Africa's obligations: Beyond the sound bites’. The debate was chaired by Professor Christof Heyns, UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions and Professor of Human Rights, University of Pretoria.

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ICLA post-doctoral fellow wins I•CON Best Paper Prize

ICLA post-doctoral fellow wins I•CON Best Paper Prize

ICLA post-doctoral fellow Dr Michaela Hailbronner, has won the inaugural I•CON Best Paper Prize for her paper, “Rethinking the rise of the German Constitutional Court: From anti-Nazism to value formalism.”

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Lunch lecture by Ms Wiebke Ringel on International Human Rights Law

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Lunch Lecture by Ms Wiebke Ringel on International Human Rights Law

On 2 June 2015, Wiebke Ringel, Research Fellow at the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law in Heidelberg, Germany, presented a lunch lecture on ‘The concept of reasonable accommodation in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) & the principle of non-discrimination in international human rights law: A disability-specific contextualization?’.

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Professor Dire Tladi appointed as ILC Special Rapporteur

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Professor Dire Tladi appointed as ILC Special Rapporteur

On 27 May 2015 Professor Dire Tladi was appointed by the UN International Law Commission (ILC) as Special Rapporteur for the topic jus cogens.

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Lunch lecture by Professor Van Heerden on Credit Law

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Lunch lecture by Professor Van Heerden on Credit Law

On 20 May 2015 Professor Van Heerden presented a lunch lecture entitled ‘Reckless credit: Recent developments regarding affordability assessment and the powers of the National Consumer Tribunal.’

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Lunch Lecture by Dr James Fowkes on comparative public law

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Lunch Lecture by Dr James Fowkes on comparative public law

On 6 May 2015, Dr James Fowkes, senior researcher at the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa, presented a lunch lecture entitled ‘Due process of law making in South Africa’.

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Lunch lecture by Ms Adele Kirschner on water law

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Lunch lecture by Ms Adele Kirschner on water law.

On 22 April 2015, Ms Adele Kirschner, Research Fellow at the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law in Heidelberg, Germany, presented a lunch lecture entitled: ‘The consideration of human needs in the context of transboundary water sharing: extraterritorial implications of the human right to water?’

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Lunch lecture by Dr. Julie Maupin on International Investment Law

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Lunch Lecture by Dr Julie Maupin on International Investment Law.

On 4 March 2015 Dr. Julie Maupin, Senior Research Fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany, gave a lunch lecture entitled: ‘Toward Balance in International Investment Law: Three Paradigms ’

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Lunch lecture by Ms Elif Askin on Social Human Rights

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Lunch lecture by Ms Elif Askin on Social Human Rights

On 25 February 2015, Ms Elif Askin, Research Fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany, gave a lunch lecture entitled: ‘Extraterritorial Obligations of States in the Field of Social Human Rights: A Doubled-Edged Sword?’

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Public Lecture- International Law, immunities and the AU-ICC Relations

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Public Lecture: ‘International Law, immunities and the AU-ICC Relations’
27 March 2015

On 27 March 2015 Professor Dire Tladi, Professor of International Law in the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria and member of the United Nations International Law Commission, will be presenting a morning lecture on ‘International Law, immunities and the AU-ICC Relations’ at the University of Johannesburg.

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New publication: Convergence and Conflicts of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law in Military Operations

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New publication: Convergence and Conflicts of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law in Military Operations
2 February 2015

The publication 'Convergence and Conflicts of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law in Military Operations' (edited by Erika de Wet and Jann Kleffner and published by the Pretoria University Law Press) is now available online.

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Call for Papers: Third Stellenbosch Annual Seminar on Constitutionalism in Africa (SASCA 2015)

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Call for Papers: Third Stellenbosch Annual Seminar on Constitutionalism in Africa (SASCA 2015)
29 January 2015

Call for papers: Third Stellenbosch Annual Seminar on Constitutionalism in Africa (SASCA 2015) which will be held in Stellenbosch (South Africa) from Wednesday 16 September to Friday 18 September 2015.

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Expert panel on the uses of information communication technologies for human rights

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Expert panel on the uses of information communication technologies for human rights
29 January 2015

Expert panel on the uses of information communication technologies for human rights - 10 february 2015, University of Cambridge

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Call for African reporters: Oxford’s Constitutions of the Countries of the World (CCW)

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Call for African reporters: Oxford’s Constitutions of the Countries of the World (CCW)
29 January 2015

The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA) in the Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria wishes to invite interested persons to apply for the position of country reporter for any of the countries indicated below for Oxford’s CCW.

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The Gambia: UN team prevented from completing torture and killing investigations

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The Gambia:  UN team prevented from completing torture and killing investigations
7 November 2014

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, and the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, Juan Mendez recently embarked on a country visit to the The Gambia. This statement sums up their findings.

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A drone is not a cop – UN rights expert concerned about technologies that depersonalise the use of force

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A drone is not a cop – UN rights expert concerned about technologies that depersonalise the use of force
22 October 2014

NEW YORK (22 October 2014) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, today raised concern about the increasing use of technologies that depersonalise the use of force –including armed drones– not only on the battlefield, but also in domestic law enforcement.

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Scholarship and exchange possibilities at Cornell Law School in 2015/16

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Scholarship and exchange possibilities at Cornell Law School in 2015/16
22 September 2014

The University of Cornell Law School (USA) is offering one LLM position in August 2015 for a graduate from the UP Faculty of Law. This scholarship includes admission to the LLM programme and a full tuition waiver. Depending on need, the successful student will also be eligible for some financial assistance in order to covering living expenses.

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Capacity Building in Air, Space and Telecommunications Law

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Capacity building in Air, Space and Telecommunications Law: 16-27 February 2015, Pretoria
3 September 2014

The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa in the Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria (UP) in collaboration with the Aerospace Industry Support Initiative of the South African Department of Trade and Industry will facilitate capacity building in international air, space and telecommunications law.

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Short Course in Public International Law

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Short Course in Public International Law: 26 - 30 January 2015, Pretoria
14 August 2014

The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa in the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria in collaboration with the Department of Public Law is hosting a short course that offers an opportunity to learn about key areas in the area of public international law.  

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LLM in Public International Law Specializations 2015

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Call for applications: Faculty of Law’s LLM in Public International Law
13 August 2014

The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa in collaboration with the Department of Public Law of the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria is calling for applications to the Faculty’s LLM in Public International Law.

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In Remote Corners of India, Immunity for Soldiers Who Kill and Rape Civilians

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Original post: The New York Times

MAYAI LEIKAI, India — A dozen soldiers burst through the front and back doors of a small home here in the middle of a July night, dragged Thangjam Manorama into a room and began to torture her. Her older brother tried to stop them and was badly beaten. Her mother rose to defend her and was knocked unconscious.

After about an hour, Ms. Thangjam was taken out of the house. The next morning, the family found her bullet-ridden body by the side of the road three miles away. Soldiers later claimed that Ms. Thangjam was an insurgent who was shot while she was trying to escape. A medical examiner determined that she had been shot from close range while lying down, that stains on her dress were semen but that multiple gunshots to her vagina made any determination of rape impossible. There was little doubt who was responsible: the soldiers made little effort to hide their faces.

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A global debate on autonomous weapons starts at the University of Pretoria

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Prof Christof Heyns placed the issue of autonomous weapon systems on the agenda of the UNHRC in May 2013
25 June 2014

Prof Christof Heyns placed the issue of autonomous weapon systems on the agenda of the UNHRC in May 2013.

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Resources on force by law enforcement officials and unlawful killings in Africa now available online

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Online resources relating to use of force and unlawful killings in Africa
23 June 2014

The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA) in the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria recently made available electronic research resources on these two topics.

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The Implementation of International Law in South Africa

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The Implementation of International Law in South Africa – Strengthening the Rule of Law by Following the German Model?
16-17 May 2014

On 16 and 17 May the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA) in the UP Faculty of Law is organizing a workshop entitled: "The Implementation of International Law in South Africa – Strengthening the Rule of Law by Following the German Model?".

The workshop is organized in the context of a three year collaborative partnership between ICLA and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany. This collaborative partnership is sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation and the workshop is also sponsored by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.

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Faculty hosts prestige lecture on the development of the law of the sea through UN processes

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Prestige lecture by Prof Dire Tladi
14 April 2014

On Monday, 14 April 2014, Prof Dire Tladi was formally welcomed by the Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria through his prestige lecture on ‘The development of the law of the sea through UN processes: The case of biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction’.

Prof Tladi’s lecture focused on the legal regime applicable to marine genetic resources on the deep seabed and on the legal rules relevant to measures for the conservation and preservation of the marine environment in areas beyond national jurisdiction.

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Invitation to a Prestige Lecture by Prof Dire Tladi

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Prestige Lecture: ‘The development of the law of the sea through UN processes: The case of biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction’
14 April 2014

The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa, in collaboration with the Department of Public Law in the Faculty of Law, cordially invites you to a lecture by Dire Tladi, Professor of International Law in the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria and member of the United Nations International Law Commission on 'The development of the law of the sea through UN processes: The case of biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction'.

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Invitation to a Lecture by Prof Christof Heyns

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‘Papua New Guinea: A paradox of human rights’
2 April 2014

The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa invites you to a lecture by Prof Christof Heyns, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions on
‘Papua New Guinea:  A paradox of human rights’

 

 

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Military intervention in Syria: The American, British and French alternatives - and the Russian option

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Public Lecture on military operations in Syria: Prof Johan van der Vyver
12 March 2014

The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA) in the Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria hosted a public lecture by Prof Johan D van der Vyver, IT Cohen Professor of International Law and Human Rights at Emory Law School, Atlanta, Georgia, and Extraordinary Professor in the Department of Private Law, University of Pretoria on 12 March 2014 at the University of Pretoria.

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Invitation to a Lecture by Prof Johan D van der Vyver

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‘Military intervention in Syria: The American, British and French alternatives - and the Russian option’
12 March 2014

A presentation by Prof Johan D van der Vyver, IT Cohen Professor of International Law and Human Rights at Emory Law School, Atlanta, Georgia, and Extraordinary Profess orin the Department of Private Law, University of Pretoria:
‘Military intervention in Syria: The American, British and French alternatives - and the Russian option’. The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa in the Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria cordially invites you to this lecture.

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Report by UP's Prof Heyns considered in EU resolution

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Report by UP's Prof Heyns considered in EU resolution
5 March 2014

On 27 February 2014 the European Parliament adopted Resolution 2014/2567(RSP) on the use of armed drones wherein it notes its concerns on the deaths of thousands of civilians where drones have been used. The European Parliament’s resolution comes after the 2013 reports submitted to the UN General Assembly and Human Rights Council by among others, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Professor Christof Heyns, who is also the co-director of the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa from the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria.

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U.N. Expert Calls for Halt in Military Robot Development

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Original post: The New York Times

GENEVA — A United Nations expert called Thursday for a global moratorium on the testing, production and use of armed robots that can select and kill targets without human command.

“War without reflection is mechanical slaughter,” said Christof Heyns, the United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.

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Independent UN human rights expert urges Gambia to halt stream of executions

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Original Post: UN News

An independent United Nations human rights expert today strongly condemned the recent execution of nine people in the Gambia, and called on the Government to refrain from executing an additional 39 people reported to be on death row.

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