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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.”

Is local government resourced to fulfil its mandate?
Author: Karel
Published: Jun 17, 2015

Community Law Centre’s researcher, Phindile Ntliziywana presented a paper at a roundtable organised by the South African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC) Parliamentary Liaison Office on 03 June 2015 in Cape Town. The roundtable was centred around discussions on local government, effective delivery and the devolution of power and the principle of subsidiarity.

Dr Chigwata awarded a fellowship in Switzerland
Author: Karel
Published: Jun 17, 2015

Community Law Centre’s post-doctoral research fellow, Dr Tinashe Chigwata was awarded the prestigious fellowship at the Institute of Federalism Fribourg (IFF), University of Fribourg in Switzerland. IFF is one of the leading research institutions on federalism, decentralisation and conflict resolution.

Breakfast seminar looks into state-building, constitution-making and legitimacy
Author: Karel
Published: Jun 17, 2015

The two young scholars from the University of Aix-Marseille, Manon Bonnet and Theo Fournier, who are being hosted by the Community Law Centre presented their research at a breakfast seminar on 4 June at the University of the Western Cape. The two have been conducting research at the centre on state-building, constitution-making and legitimacy as of the MA theses.

Key challenges facing constitution makers in Tunisia and Yemen unpacked
Author: Karel
Published: Jun 05, 2015

On 3 June 2015, the South African Research Chair in Multilevel Government, Law and Policy, Prof Nico Steytler hosted a Policy Dialogue on “Constitution making and implementation in the aftermath of the Arab Spring: Tunisia and Yemen” . The event took place at the Kader Asmal Moot Court, Faculty of Law, University of the Western Cape.

Can boundaries make municipalities financially viable?
Author: Karel
Published: Jun 05, 2015

The Municipal Demarcation Board has the important task of demarcating South Africa’s municipalities. The South African Research Chair in Multilevel Government, Law and Policy (Prof Nico Steytler), together with the Financial & Fiscal Commission (FFC) convened a colloquium to discuss recent proposals made by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) for amendments to municipal boundaries.

Prof Mezmur becomes chair of Committee on the Rights of the Child
Author: Karel
Published: May 21, 2015

Community Law Centre’s Prof Benyam Mezmur who is also the head of the Children’s Rights Project was elected as chairperson of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child during its sixty-ninth session this week in Geneva.

Free online course with Prof Jan Erk at Leiden University
Author: Karel
Published: May 18, 2015

Prof Jan Erk, who has strong ties with the Community Law Centre, is offering a free online course: Federalism & Decentralization: Evaluating Africa's Track Record with Leiden University. The course consists of 6 modules (each consisting of video-lectures and additional material). There are also a number of guest lectures on African case-studies. South Africa is one of the case-studies, Community Law Centre’s Prof Nico Steytler has a short guest-presentation in the duration of the course.

2015 first issue of ESR Review now available!
Author: jacob
Published: Apr 28, 2015

This issue of the ESR Review in 2015 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.

CLC tightens relations with Moi University
Author: jacob
Published: Apr 23, 2015

Prof Nico Steytler and Prof Jaap de Visser visited the School of Law of Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya.They were received by Dr Mutakha Kangu, Dean of the School of Law and former doctoral researcher with the SARChI Chair at the Community Law Centre.

MLGI research ranks the cities in South Africa
Author: jacob
Published: Apr 13, 2015

MLGI announces the release of the Capable Cities Index: The capacity of cities (by Dr DM Powell and M O’Donovan). The CCI is a composite index that ranks the 27 largest cities in South Africa on the basis of their consistency in maintaining high levels of capacity, performance and compliance over the period 2010 to 2014. A capable city is one that maintains consistently high scores in all three components of capability.

We are hiring!
Author: jacob
Published: Apr 09, 2015

Civil Society Prison Reform Initiative (CSPRI) is seeking to appoint a full-time researcher, on a one year contract which is renewable subject to availability of donor funding.

Urban and regional planning course unpacks SPLUMA
Author: jacob
Published: Apr 02, 2015

This week, the director of the Community Law Centre, Prof Jaap de Visser in collaboration with Prof Stephen Berrisford from the African Centre for Cities, taught a course on urban and regional planning. The course is designed to equip practitioners in the planning and legal professions, in private and government practice, to meet the challenges of implementing the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act, 2013 (SPLUMA).

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.