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.
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.
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.
Summarised Curriculum Vitae: Christof Heyns
Christof Heyns (MA LLB University of Pretoria; LLM Yale Law School; and PhD University of the Witwatersrand) is Professor of Human Rights Law and Co-Director of the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa at the University of Pretoria. In August 2010 he was appointed as United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. His term expires at the end of July 2016. He also serves as a member and char of the United Nations Independent Investigation on Burundi. Christof Heyns is also a member of the UN.
He is a former Director of the Centre for Human Rights in the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, as well as former Dean of that faculty.
For more information on the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions visit: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Executions/Pages/SRExecutionsIndex.aspx
Serving as Special Rapporteur is a part-time position, without remuneration. Prof Heyns receives financial and research support from the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria.