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Can the work of lawyers mend the postcolonial state?
Author: jacob
Published: Mar 20, 2015

On Monday, Community Law Centre hosted a ‘brown bag seminar’ discussing, how the work of lawyers mends the postcolonial state. The seminar zeroed down to theoretical and methodological reflections based on legal ethnography in Zambia.

Implementation of Disability Rights in Malawi
Author: jacob
Published: Mar 16, 2015

A researcher at the Community Law Centre, Dr Enoch Chilemba was invited to make a presentation at the Advanced Disability Rights Course held at the University of Pretoria, Centre for Human Rights from 9 to 13 March 2015. He presented on ‘The Implementation of Disability Rights in Malawi’.

UNDP appoints Prof De Visser to review Lesotho’s Local Gov’t Act
Author: jacob
Published: Mar 13, 2015

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in conjunction with the United Nations Capital Development Fund appointed Prof Jaap De Visser to review Lesotho’s Local government Act. This is in line with the country’s efforts to bring its Local Government Act of 1997 in line with this policy.

Seminar unpacks police impunity
Author: jacob
Published: Mar 11, 2015

Today, Community Law Centre hosted a lunchtime talk on police impunity, entitled: From Ficksburg to Ferguson, or Andries Tatane to Michael Brown: Challenges to police accountability in South Africa and the United States. The speakers were Prof Rodney Uphoff (University of Missouri) and Prof Lukas Muntingh and Gwen Dereymaeker (Civil Society Prison Reform Initiative).

Debates on consenting sex between teens continue
Author: jacob
Published: Mar 04, 2015

Yesterday, Parliament’s portfolio committee on Justice and Correctional Services started with day one of public hearings into the controversial amendments to the Sexual Offences Legislation that aim to decriminalise consenting sexual activity between teenagers in the same age group.

SA reviews report to the UN Commission on the status of women
Author: jacob
Published: Mar 03, 2015

On 2 March 2015, Professor Ebenezer Durojaye, the project head of the socio-economic rights, was part of a delegation convined the Department of Women Affairs within the Presidency. This was for an interactive session with members of civil society groups and government departments regarding South Africa’s report to the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

Sexual offences act amendments on teen sexual activity and the sex offender register
Author: jacob
Published: Feb 03, 2015

Today the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services was briefed by the Department on an amendment bill to the Sexual Offences Act, which deals with the issues of consenting sexual activity between adolescents and with the placing of the names of child offenders on the National Register for Sex Offenders.

Promotion and protection of children rights in the spotlight
Author: jacob
Published: Feb 03, 2015

Children’s Rights Project head at the Community Law Centre, Prof Benyam Dawit Mezmur, is one of the 18 independent experts that took part in the 68th Session of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child held in Geneva in January 2015, where he serves as a Vice-Chairperson.

SA Human Rights Groups welcomes the country’s ratification of the UN ICESCR
Author: jacob
Published: Jan 19, 2015

South Africa’s Ratification Campaign of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and its Optional Protocol welcomes South Africa’s ratification of the ICESCR on 12 January 2015. As stipulated in section 27(2) of the ICESCR, it will come into force for South Africa on 12 April 2015, which is three months after the deposit of the instrument of ratification.

Civil society reviews SA reporting to the African Committee
Author: jacob
Published: Dec 10, 2014

The Parliamentary Programme at the Community Law Centre hosted a civil society meeting to discuss the state reporting process of the South African Government and civil society before the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child.

Article 40 now available!
Author: jacob
Published: Dec 09, 2014

The Children’s Rights Project is happy to announce that the last issue of Article 40 in 2014, is now available.

Latest ESR Review now available!
Author: jacob
Published: Dec 04, 2014

This third and last edition of the ESR Review this year (Volume 15, No 3 2014) includes two feature articles on the enjoyment of socioeconomic rights.

Bursary opportunity at Community Law Centre!
Author: jacob
Published: Dec 02, 2014

An exciting opportunity has opened up at the Community Law Centre, the Law Faculty’s research and advocacy unit. We are offering a bursary to study towards an LLM or an MPhil in Law, State and Multilevel Government.

Human rights violations and poverty in Africa unpacked
Author: jacob
Published: Dec 01, 2014

Last week, the Community Law Centre hosted this Colloquium on Poverty and Human Rights in Africa to share evidence-based knowledge and experience on how human rights violations drive and deepen poverty in Africa.

Civil society focuses on report on the implementation of the ICCPR
Author: jacob
Published: Dec 01, 2014

Community Law Centre’s Civil Society Prison Reform Initiative in partnership with the Centre for Civil and Political Rights (CCPR) which promotes civil society participation at the UN Human Rights Committee hosted a one day workshop to prepare a consolidated report prior to the adoption of the List of Issues.

Seminar looks at the role of electoral commissions in developing countries
Author: jacob
Published: Nov 25, 2014

Last week, the Community Law Centre hosted a lunch-time seminar where the role of electoral commissions in developing countries was unpacked. The key speakers at this event where Rev Courtney Sampson Provincial Electoral Officer of the Electoral Commission in the Western Cape and Prof Henk Kummeling the Chair of the Dutch Electoral Commission and a visiting professor at the Community Law Centre.

Community Law Centre focuses on maternal health issues
Author: jacob
Published: Nov 24, 2014

Maternal death remains a great challenge in many developing countries including South Africa. Despite the fact that South Africa is one of the most industrialised and prosperous countries in Africa, the government has been unable to address the high maternal and infant mortality rates in the country. In line with this, Community Law Centre, Department of public health of the University of the Western Cape and Amnesty International held a two day workshop on maternal health.

Dr Assim publishes a book on understanding kinship care of children
Author: jacob
Published: Nov 20, 2014

A Children’s rights researcher at the Community Law Centre has published a book titled: Understanding Kinship Care of Children in Africa. The book was published by Eleven International Publishing in Hague as the first instalment of the Comparative African Legal Studies Series and it focuses on contemporary issues in African development, with human rights as a backdrop.

Civil society responds to sexual violence
Author: jacob
Published: Nov 13, 2014

The Eastern Cape advocacy workshop was held from 11 to 12 November 2014 in East London and was hosted by the Shukumisa Campaign and the Community Law Centre. The main purpose of the 2 day workshop was to develop collaborative advocacy strategies to respond to sexual violence on provincial level in the Eastern Cape. Participants consisted of individuals and representatives from various organisations and structures working with survivors of sexual violence from across the province.

Prof De Visser addresses DDP Conference on Local Government
Author: admin
Published: Oct 20, 2014

"Reflecting on 20 years of Local Government" was the title of a presentation by Jaap de Visser to a conference on Local Government, organised by the Democracy Development Programme (DDP) in Durban on 20 October 2014.

Profs Steytler & De Visser train Kenyan Judges on devolution
Author: admin
Published: Oct 19, 2014

The judiciary in Kenya is increasingly called upon to resolve disputes about devolution. Last week, the Kenyan Judiciary Training Institute (JTI) organised a four day training programme on devolution for members of the judiciary. The training was organised in collaboration with the Katiba Institute.

Department of Justice should join hands with civil society
Author: jacob
Published: Oct 19, 2014

It is essential that DOJCS collaborate and partner with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) that provide services to survivors to promote victim support at all stages of the justice system. This is according to Samantha Waterhouse, the project head of the Parliamentary Programme at the Community Law Centre when giving comments to the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DoJCD), NPA Annual Reports and the DoJCD Annual Performance Report on Sexual Offences 2013/14.

SERP comments on the National Department of Health's Annual Report 2013/14
Author: jacob
Published: Oct 18, 2014

On 15 October 2014 the Socio-Economic Rights Project of the Community Law Centre made a submission before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health. The Community Law Centre, which is part of the civil society Budget Expenditure Monitoring Forum (BEMF) made a written and oral submission on the National Department of Health's Annual Report 2013/14, together with the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and Amnesty International.

Community Law Centre to host Prof Henk Kummeling
Author: admin
Published: Oct 15, 2014

The Community Law Centre is delighted to announce that it will be hosting Prof Henk Kummeling, the outgoing Dean of the Faculty of Law, Economics & Governance at Utrecht University (Netherlands) and Extraordinary Professor at the Law Faculty. He will be joining the centre from 15 October 2014 to 11 December 2015.

Community Law Centre reflects on Court Monitoring Project
Author: admin
Published: Oct 15, 2014

Yesterday, Professor Lukas Muntingh, the head of Civil Society Prison Reform Initiative at the Community Law Centre shared the lessons learnt and challenges of the Court Watching Brief Programme (Court Monitoring Project) during the Justice for Breakfast roundtable which took place at the University of the Western Cape.

SA’s African Charter report on the Rights Child examined
Author: jacob
Published: Oct 12, 2014

Poverty, physical and sexual violence against children, were some of the key issues raised at the meeting between the South African government delegation and the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) to examine South Africa’s Initial Country Report on the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, which took place in Ethiopia on 9 October.