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ESR Review, Volume 16 No. 1, 2015
Author: CLC Socio Economic Rights Project
Published: May 12, 2015

This is the first issue of the ESR Review in 2015. For the realisation of socio-economic rights, 2015 began on a high note with South Africa’s long-awaited ratification of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). This issue includes an article by Usang Maria Assim that summarises South Africa’s initial report to the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC), reviewing South Africa’s progress towards the realisation of children’s socio-economic rights. Gladys Mirugi-Mukundi examines the recent decision of the Supreme Court of Appeal in City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality vs Hlophe, which found that the fundamental constitutional value of accountability requires municipal officials to see to it that municipalities under their control obey court orders.

Article 40, Volume 16, Number 1
Author: UWC CLC Children's Rights Project
Published: Aug 25, 2014

Welcome to another insightful edition of Article 40, the first edition in 2014.

ESR Review, Volume 15 No. 2 2014
Author: CLC Socio Economic Rights Project
Published: Jul 31, 2014

This second issue of the 2014 ESR Review includes two features on the enjoyment of socio-economic rights in Nigeria and South Africa. It also examines a recent decision of the South African Constitutional Court, in which it found that an interim order could as well amount to an eviction order and may interfere with the constitutional right to housing.

Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations in South Africa and the Role of the Financial and Fiscal Commission A 20 Year Review
Author: Jaap de Visser and Zemelak Ayele
Published: Jul 01, 2014

The FFC is government's primary advisor on intergovernmental fiscal relations. This 20-year review assesses (1) the relationships between the FFC and the various component parts of the South African multilevel government system (2) the FFC's impact on decision making and (3) the FFC's governance and administrative performance.

ESR Review, Volume 15 No. 1 2014
Author: CLC Socio Economic Rights Project
Published: Apr 25, 2014

This first issue of the 2014 ESR Review focusses on the potential of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as a tool for poverty reduction in South Africa. It also looks at Developing Cape Town’s right to housing in the rental sector. There are also summaries of recent developments on socio-economic rights across the world.

Seminar: Stakeholders unpack state obligations under the ICESCR - 28 March 2014
Author: calitz
Published: Mar 28, 2014

On 28 March 2014, the Community Law Centre hosted a seminar on states’ obligations in relation to implementation and reporting under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and its Optional Protocol. Since the announcement in October 2012 that South Africa would ratify the ICESCR, which it signed on 3 October 1994, civil society has followed with interest the events that have unfolded. In this regard, the seminar had two main objective was to discuss the ICESCR and OP-ICESCR with stakeholders who would enrich the policy debates at parliamentary and political party levels and at the community level. In his opening remarks the director of the Community Law Centre, Prof Jaap de Visser, recalled how the civil society campaign to advocate for the ratification of the ICESCR was ‘born’ in response to government’s failure to do so, despite having signed it in 1994. The campaign engages in several activities, including holding strategy meetings and engaging with Parliament, government and state institutions (through letters and meetings). He highlighted the importance of state accountability, especially by office bearers.