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

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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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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"

A. INTRODUCTION

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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