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.
Dr Stuart Maslen is an international lawyer specialising on use of force. He has worked for the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Norwegian People’s Aid, the International Committee of the Red Cross, UNICEF, and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. He was the primary researcher for the UN (Machel) Study on the Impact of Armed Conflict on Children and was the first coordinator of the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers. Among his publications are Weapons Under International Human Rights Law (2014, editor) and Nuclear Weapons Under International Law (2014, co-editor), both published by Cambridge University Press; and A Commentary on the Convention on Cluster Munitions (2010, co-editor) and A Commentary on the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (2004, author), both published by Oxford University Press. He has twice edited The War Report, published by OUP in 2013 and 2014, which identifies all armed conflicts in the previous calendar year. He is currently co-authoring a legal commentary on the UN Arms Trade Treaty to be published by OUP at the end of 2015.