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Jaap de Visser presents on Federal Nepal in Kathmandu
Author: Jacob
Published: Feb 25, 2016

On 24 February, Prof Jaap de Visser delivered a presentation to a group of 70 academics, civil society representatives and government officials in Kathmandu, Nepal. The meeting was convened by the Forum of Federations in support of the process to implement the new Constitution of Nepal, which envisages a federal structure and constitutionally recognised local government. Prof De Visser discussed key provisions of the Constitution of Nepal and highlighted the experience of South Africa and other African countries.

ESR Review No. 3 of 2015 is now available!
Author: Jacob
Published: Feb 19, 2016

This issue of the ESR Review includes three feature articles that discuss various areas of socio-economic rights. Enoch MacDonnell Chilemba analyses various incidents of evictions that took place in South Africa in 2014. There were also court challenges, applications and decisions relating to evictions. The article highlights issues relating to the legality and frequency of evictions.

Dr Assim attends a review and planning workshop in Ghana
Author: Jacob
Published: Feb 18, 2016

Dr. Usang Maria Assim, a senior researcher in the Dullah Omar Institute’s Children’s Rights Project, is taking part in the review and planning workshop of the African Children’s Charter Project (ACCP) from 14 to 20 February 2016 in Accra Ghana. The workshop is aimed at reviewing the progress of the ACCP since the start of a two year bridging period in 2015 and planning for the second year (2016) of the bridging period.

Jaap de Visser shares SA experience on provincial government in Nepal
Author: Jacob
Published: Feb 18, 2016

Prof Jaap de Visser is taking part in a programme to raise awareness and conduct citizen education around federalism in Nepal. In 2015, Nepal adopted a Constitution creates national, provincial and local levels of government. This was done to accommodate the multitude of ethnicities, languages, religions and cultures in Nepal and to facilitate more responsive government. Nepal is now faced with the mammoth task of implementing this new Constitution.

Johnstone investigates how to hold local government accountable
Author: Jacob
Published: Feb 17, 2016

The Dullah Omar Institute doctoral candidate, Shehaam Johnstone participated in the 1st Annual Emerging Legal Scholarship Conference, where she presented a paper investigating how to hold local government accountable in terms of its constitutional competencies towards realising the right to food. The conference was hosted by the Faculty of Law within the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University on 4 and 5 February 2016. The theme of the conference, “Legal challenges for a new generation”.

Absence of public open spaces violates right to the city - Ayele
Author: Jacob
Published: Feb 16, 2016

Dr Zemelak Ayitenew Ayele, a former post-doctoral fellow, at the Dullah Omar Institute recently published an opinion article on an Ethiopian newspaper, focusing on public open spaces and our rights to our cities. He argues that the creation of industrial, commercial, or residential areas in and of itself is not problematic. It goes without saying that we need economic development and that our cities have immense contribution to make in this respect, he points out.

Jaap de Visser addresses Parliament on intergovernmental relations
Author: Jacob
Published: Feb 11, 2016

On 9 February, Prof Jaap de Visser, the director of Dullah Omar Institute, delivered a presentation duringva workshop organised by the National Council of Provinces (NCOP). The NCOP, as the house of Parliament that brings together nine provinces and organised local government, plays a critical, but often underestimated role. Prof De Visser discussed the role of the NCOP in the adoption of national legislation and its role in holding the national executive accountable.

CSPRI drives SA civil society in writing the ICCPR shadow report
Author: Jacob
Published: Jan 29, 2016

On 27 January 2016, Dullah Omar Institute’s Civil Society Prison Reform Initiative (CSPRI) unit hosted a civil society workshop aimed at compiling a shadow report to South Africa’s State Report and their response to the List of Issues on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Right (ICCPR) which was submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Committee respectively on 26 November 2014 and 3 December 2015. The meeting was a great opportunity to co-ordinate the drafting of thematic shadow reports by identifying key issues to be addressed.

Kenya/SA book on devolution published
Author: Jacob
Published: Jan 28, 2016

The Dullah Omar Institute in partnership with the Katiba Institute in Kenya published a book titled Kenyan-South African Dialogue on Devolution. This book includes South African and Kenyan chapters on the reasons for devolution; the levels, number, size and character of devolution units; the demarcation of devolution units; political structures; powers and functions; finances; metropolitan governance; intergovernmental relations; marginalised groups; and transitional arrangements.

SA civil society finalises alternate report to UNCROC
Author: Jacob
Published: Jan 22, 2016

On 20 January, the Dullah Omar Institute’s Women and Democracy Initiative organised a meeting for South African Alternate Report Coalition (SAARC) to agree on the main points for the presentation to the United Nations Committee on the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC). The meeting was followed by a smaller meeting of those who will be going to Geneva in February to introduce them to child participants.

Dullah Omar Institute scholars contribute to a book on devolution in Kenya
Author: Jacob
Published: Jan 21, 2016

Profs Nico Steytler and Jaap de Visser wrote comparative chapters for the recently published book by the International Development Law Organisation (IDLO), in collaboration with the Kenyan Judiciary Training Institute (JTI) and the Katiba Institute. The book unpacks the role of the Kenyan judiciary in implementing devolution.

End child marriages in Africa - Mandlate
Author: Jacob
Published: Dec 18, 2015

Dr Aquinaldo Mandlate from the Children’s Rights Project of the Dullah Omar Institute for Constitutional Law and Governance (DOI) was last week in Mozambique to share the draft Model Law on Eradication of Child Marriages and Protection of Children in Marriage (draft Model Law). Mandlate shared the content of the draft Model Law in a national follow-up workshop on child marriage laws that was held in the Mozambique capital city of Maputo. The workshop was attended by a fairly large audience including members of Parliament, representatives of the Department of Justice, as well as delegates from the Department of Gender, Children and Social Action.

Academic recognition for DOI researchers
Author: Jacob
Published: Dec 10, 2015

The work at the Dullah Omar Institute is done by researchers of national and international repute. Over the past few months, four of our researchers received academic accolades that bear testimony to the quality research conducted at the Institute. Dr Derek Powell was promoted by UWC to Associate Professor on the basis of his sterling record as a researcher championing interdisciplinary research. Prof Ebenezer Durojaye, Head of the Socio-Economic Rights Project was awarded a C2 rating by the National Research Foundation after a rigorous assessment. The C rating means that Prof Durojaye is an “established researchers with a sustained recent record of productivity in the field … recognised … as having produceda body of quality work”.

MLGI releases its last Capable Cities Index
Author: Jacob
Published: Dec 09, 2015

The Multilevel Government Initiative (MLGI) of the Dullah Omar Institute for Constitutional Law, Governance and Human Rights, University of the Western Cape is delighted to announce the publication of the Capable Cities Index: Performance. The Performance Index (PI) is the last of the three indices that collectively comprise the Capable Cities Index (CCI). The other two components, the Compliance (Coml) and Capacity (CI) Indices, were published earlier this year.

Dr Chigwata focuses on decentralisation in Zimbabwe
Author: Jacob
Published: Dec 09, 2015

The Dullah Omar Institute is pleased to announce that a researcher with its Multilevel Government Initiative, Dr Tinashe Chigwata’s article titled "Decentralization in Africa and the Resilience of Traditional Authorities: Evaluating Zimbabwe's Track Record" has been published by the Journal 'Regional and Federal Studies'.

MLGI launches its compliance index report
Author: Jacob
Published: Nov 23, 2015

The Multilevel Government Initiative of the Dullah Omar Institute for Constitutional Law, Governance and Human Rights, University of the Western Cape is pleased to announce the publication of the Capable Cities Index: Compliance. The Compliance Index (ComI) is one of three indices that together comprise the Capable Cities Index (CCI).

Roundtable on local government and food security
Author: Jacob
Published: Nov 09, 2015

On 22 October 2015 the DOI and CoE Food Security hosted a roundtable on exploring the link between developmental local government and food security. The objectives of the roundtable were to increase collective analysis and understanding of the extent to which municipalities are fulfilling their obligation towards the right to food and what the roles are for local government in this regard. Approximately 20 participants from academic institutions, state departments, civil society and the private sector attended.

Academics unpack BRICS domestic agenda
Author: Jacob
Published: Oct 21, 2015

The BRICS domestic agenda, its country impacts, have not been subject to analysis by scholars from the five BRICS countries, whether university-based or those in the public research institutions. This is according to Prof Nico Steytler, South African Research Chair in Multilevel Government, Law and Policy, at the Dullah Omar Institute of Constitutional Law, Governance and Human Rights, University of the Western Cape during the BRICS conference last week.

Apply now for one year masters bursaries
Author: Karel
Published: Jul 30, 2015

The SARChI Chair in Multilevel Government, Law and Policy at the University of the Western Cape is offering four prestigious one year bursaries. The Community Law Centre, as a partner of the Centre of Excellence in Food Security, offers an additional bursary. The bursaries, for full-time study on campus, include study fees, a generous monthly stipend, and IT equipment.

Register for the free online Transparency and Anti-Corruption course
Author: Karel
Published: Jul 28, 2015

On 31 August, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) Chile, a project based at Diego Portales University in Chile, will launch a free online course on Transparency and Anti-Corruption. The course will deal with good governance issues, emphasising transparency and anti-corruption practices in the public domain.

Community Law Centre becomes Dullah Omar Institute!
Author: Karel
Published: Jul 17, 2015

After 25 years of realising the democratic values and human rights through engaged research, teaching and advocacy, the Community Law Centre will convert into an institute. On 19 August 2015, when it celebrate its 25th Anniversary it will assume a new name Dullah Omar Institute for Constitutional Law, Governance and Human Rights, after its founding director.

10th Dullah Omar Memorial Lecture with Minister of Justice Michael Masutha
Author: Karel
Published: Jul 17, 2015

The Community Law Centre is happy to announce that, Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Honourable Tshililo Michael Masutha is set to deliver the 10th Dullah Omar Memorial Lecture on 19 August 2015. The Dullah Omar Memorial Lecture Series celebrates the memory of the former Minister of Justice and the first director of the Community Law Centre, Adv Dullah Omar, who worked tirelessly towards, and achieved so much, in realising the goals of human rights and democracy.

SPLUMA implementation course comes to Gauteng
Author: Karel
Published: Jul 07, 2015

After a very successful a 2-day Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act (SPLUMA) implementation course in Cape Town earlier this year, Community Law Centre’s Prof Jaap de Visser and African Centre for Cities’ Stephen Berrisford, are very happy to be presenting the course in Gauteng on 30 and 31 July 2015, at the Sunnyside Park Hotel.

Prof De Visser delivers key note at Youth Summit
Author: Karel
Published: Jul 01, 2015

Prof Jaap de Visser delivered the key note address at a Youth Summit organised by the Drakenstein Municipality. The Summit focused on the role of the youth in local government.

Litigation on sexual and reproductive health unpacked
Author: Karel
Published: Jun 29, 2015

On 22 and 23 June 2015 the Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (ISLA) in conjunction with the Community Law Centre (CLC), University of the Western Cape organised a colloquium on Strategic Litigation on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Africa.

Is there hope for Lesotho in National Decentralisation Policy?
Author: Karel
Published: Jun 23, 2015

Community Law Centre’s Prof Jaap de Visser participated in the Commonwealth Local Government Forum's 20th Anniversary Conference in Gaborone, Botswana. He presented a paper at the Conference's Research Colloquium. His presentation was entitled "Lesotho's 2014 National Decentralisation Policy in comparative perspective". The paper examines the government of Lesotho's intention to deepen devolution in the Mountain Kingdom.

Community Law Centre participates in food security conference
Author: Karel
Published: Jun 20, 2015

Shehaam Johnstone, a doctoral researcher with the Community Law Centre presented a paper on the intersection of multilevel government with food security Imperatives, during the 3rd annual conference on Critical Law and Governance Perspectives on Food Security in South Africa. The theme of the conference was “Exploring the Role of Policy-Makers and other Stakeholders.”