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Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA)

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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State management of assemblies in the new age of protest

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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

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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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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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Postdoc positions available within SARChI Project on International Constitutional Law

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Postdoc positions available within SARChI Project on International Constitutional Law

The SARChI Professorship in International Constitutional Law in the Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria currently has Postdoc positions available for individuals in possession of a doctorate in law (LL.D).

Please see the advertisement for more information on the position and how to apply.

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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Third doctoral scholar affiliated with the SARChI Professorship in International Constitutional Law awarded international scholarship

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Third doctoral scholar affiliated with the SARChI Professorship in International Constitutional Law awarded international scholarship

Martha Bradley has received a prestigious doctoral scholarship from The Hague Academy of International Law. This scholarship will allow her to travel to The Hague and conduct research at The Hague Academy of International Law for a period of two months, commencing in July 2017. 

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European Society of International Law Lecture by Professor Erika de Wet: ‘Military Intervention by Invitation in the 21st Century’

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European Society of International Law Lecture by Professor Erika de Wet: ‘Military Intervention by Invitation in the 21st Century’


On 20 February 2017, Prof Erika de Wet (SARChI Professor of International Constitutional Law) gave a public lecture entitled ‘Military Intervention by Invitation in the 21st Century’ at the Ruby Auditorium, CSIR International Convention Centre in 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

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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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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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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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Two SARChI researchers awarded scholarships for overseas research

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Two SARChI researchers awarded scholarships for overseas research

Two SARChI researchers affiliated with the Professorship in International Constitutional Law have recently received prestigious European funding to support research visits abroad.

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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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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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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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Professor Erika de Wet amongst TuksLaw lecturers given new NRF-ratings

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Professor Erika de Wet amongst TuksLaw lecturers given new NRF-ratings

Professor Erika de Wet, SARChI Chair of International Constitutional Law and ICLA Fellow, has received a prestigious A2 National Research Foundation (NRF) rating.

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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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Prof. Erika de Wet to become SARChI Professor of International Constitutional Law

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Prof. Erika de Wet to become SARChI Professor of International Constitutional Law

On 2 September 2015 Professor Erika de Wet, Co-Director of the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA), was awarded a chair in international constitutional law by the South African Research Initiative (SARChI) of the National Research Foundation (NRF).

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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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Erika de Wet appointed as Honorary Professor, University of Bonn, Germany

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Congratulations to Professor Erika de Wet who has been appointed as Honorary Professor, University of Bonn, Germany

In July 2015 Professor Erika de Wet, Co-Director at the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa, was appointed as Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Law of the University of Bonn, Germany, where she has been lecturing regularly since 2010.

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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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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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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
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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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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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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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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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