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.
Christof Heyns is professor of human rights law at the University of Pretoria and a member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee. He teaches human rights law in the Masters’ programme at Oxford University, is an adjunct professor at the American University in Washington DC, and was a visiting professor at the University of Geneva in 2016.
Heyns was UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions 2010 – 2016. During 2016 he chaired the UN Independent Investigation on Burundi.
He holds degrees in law and philosophy from the Universities of Pretoria, the Witwatersrand and Yale Law School. He has been a Humboldt Fellow at the Max Planck Institute in Heidelberg and a Fulbright Fellow at Harvard Law School.
During 2018 Heyns will teach in the human rights as well as the international law Masters programmes and the LLB interntional law course at the Univerity of Pretoria; the Transitional Justice Masters programme of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights; the Masters programme in international human rights law at Oxford; and the Summer Programme in human rights of the American University in Washington DC.
Tino Chinyoka (Zimbabwe) is doing a survey of the protections of the right to life in Zimbabwe and in South Africa (ranging from regulation of gatherings to duty to investigate)
Dennis Chipao (Malawi) is doing an analysis of how the Malawi Police Service can take advantage of new technologies to monitor and improve the effectiveness and accountability of “manual” policing (co-supervised by Thomas Probert)
Alero Itohan Fenemigho (Nigeria) is doing a study of counter-terrorism policing in Africa under international law (co-supervised by Stuart Maslen)
Dumisani Gandhi (Zimbabwe) is exploring the relationship between new technologies and more effective or accountable policing, with a critique of deterministic optimism projected from a northern evidence-base (co-supervised by Thomas Probert)
Anne Ireri (Kenya) is investigating the Kenyan Police Service in terms of their capacity for forensic investigation (co-supervised by Thomas Probert)
Dickson Kahama (Uganda) is studying collective accountability for non-state actors for international crimes during non-international armed conflict (co-supervised by Stuart Maslen)
Brenda Mwale (Kenya) focusses on prevention and repression of cyber-terrorism in Africa (co-supervised by Stuart Maslen)
Ben Christopher Nyabira (Kenya) investigates the levels of violence in Kenya and the institutional arrangements for the collection of such data at national level. (co-supervised by Thomas Probert)
Dagnachew B. Wakene (Ethiopia) is working on violence against persons with disabilities
[last updated 28 June 2018]