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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.

Gradual but consistent improvement in audit outcomes from 2008 to 2013
Author: jacob
Published: Sep 26, 2014

There has been a gradual but consistent improvement in municipal audit outcomes over the past five financial years (2008/09-2012/13), but notwithstanding national government’s new and more realistic strategy to improving audit outcomes, local government may fall short of achieving the new targets for 2019 set by the new Minister.

Mirugi-Mukundi presents a paper on Lwandle’s mass evictions
Author: admin
Published: Sep 23, 2014

A researcher for the Socio-Economic Rights Project at the Community Law Centre, Gladys Mirugi-Mukundi participated in the Lwandle Commission of Inquiry by way of presentation of a paper on mass evictions and illegal occupation of land. The paper titled: Evictions in South Africa: Relevant International Standards follows the submission made by Community Law Centre to the Lwandle Commission of Inquiry.

Prof Stephen Berrisford delivers a guest lecture for LLM students
Author: admin
Published: Sep 12, 2014

According to him, perhaps planning is the most important responsibility of local government. Yet, in many parts of the continent, local authorities conduct planning in terms of outdated colonial laws. These laws were written for post-war Europe and never designed to deal with specific challenges such as urbanisation, informality and environmental challenges.

Advocating for advancements in human rights in Africa
Author: admin
Published: Sep 10, 2014

Dr Aquinaldo Mandlate takes on the task of the Community Law Centre advocating for advancements in human rights in Africa. The researcher at the Children’s Rights Project of the Centre, last week, delivered expert contributions for participants attending the Oslo Diploma Course (ODC) on advanced Human Rights Training in Norway.

Chigwata presents on the proposed Local Authorities Bill in Zimbabwe
Author: admin
Published: Sep 09, 2014

Community Law Centre’s researcher at the Multilevel Government Initiative Tinashe Chigwata presented on behalf of knowledge institutions at consultative workshops organised by the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing in partnership with UNDP. The workshops were held from 27 to 28 August at Rainbow Towers Hotel in Harare.

Article 5 Initiative activities take place in Burundi
Author: admin
Published: Sep 02, 2014

Prof Lukas Muntingh and Gwen Dereymaeker went to Burundi from 18 to 20 August 2014 as part of the Article 5 Initiative activities. The Article 5 Initiative is a four-year project aimed at developing tools to monitor domestication of the UN Convention against Torture in 6 African countries.

CSPRI researchers participate at the crime and criminal justice conference
Author: jacob
Published: Sep 01, 2014

Civil Society Prison Reform Initiative researchers Gwénaëlle Dereymaeker and Jean Redpath presented papers at the 2014 international conference on National and International Perspectives on Crime Reduction and Criminal Justice hosted by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS).

Learning & Development Facilitator – Community Development & Parliamentary Programme, Community Law Centre, University of the Western Cape (1 Year Fixed Term Contract Position)
Author: jacob
Published: Aug 12, 2014

The Parliamentary Programme of the Community Law Centre is looking to appoint a L & D facilitator with a minimum of 2 years experience working to promote human rights and social justice to work on our projects to monitor the performance of the legislatures and build civil society engagement with legislatures on human rights issues.

Article 40 now available!
Author: jacob
Published: Aug 02, 2014

In this edition of our Article 40, we begin with a feature on consensual sexual relations among children. Ms Zita Hansungule, Project Coordinator, Monitoring, Evaluation and Communication, at the Centre for Child Law, University of Pretoria, also delivers a case note that reviews the approach taken by the court in the recent case of S v EA 2014 (1) SACR 183 (NCK).

ESR Review, Volume 15 No. 2 2014 now available!
Author: jacob
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. The first, by Stanley Ibe, examines the possibility of enforcing socio-economic rights in Nigeria. While the Nigerian Constitution does not explicitly guarantee socio-economic rights, Ibe argues that opportunities exist to enforce these rights through national courts, regional and international human rights bodies.

Protocol remains one of the most important human rights instrument- Dr Durojaye
Author: jacob
Published: Jul 29, 2014

On 16 July, Dr. Ebenezer Durojaye, Head/Senior Researcher Socioeconomic Rights Project at the Community Law Centre delivered a guest lecture titled: ‘The Protocol to the African Charter on the Rights of Women as a tool for advancing Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights’ at the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba, Ondo State, Nigeria.

Prof Steytler provides expertise to Yemen's Constitutional Drafting Committee
Author: jacob
Published: Jul 29, 2014

In July, Professor Nico Steytler, the South African Research Chair in Multilevel Government, Law and Policy, based at the Community Law Centre was appointed by the United Nations Department of Political Affairs as a short term expert to support Yemeni Constitution Drafting Committee.

Solutions to challenges facing children in Africa explored
Author: jacob
Published: Jul 29, 2014

Researchers at the Community Law Centre’s Children’s Rights Project were part of the experts who presented at the second installment of an advanced short course on Children's Rights in Africa hosted by Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria. The course which ran from 21 to 25 July brought together over 50 child rights researchers, practitioners and policy makers from across Africa.

An integrated approach to housing allocation is needed – roundtable
Author: jacob
Published: Jul 19, 2014

The Batho Pele (people first) principles should form the fundamental elements in the delivery of housing as a public service, said , community members during two roundtable discussions on housing demand and allocation in South Africa held in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

A5I hosted a workshop on the prevention and eradication of torture in South Africa
Author: jacob
Published: Jul 10, 2014

On 8 and 9 July, the Article 5 Initiative (A5I) hosted its fourth consultative workshop on the prevention and eradication of torture in South Africa. CSPRI is one of the four partners of A5I, a four-year project aimed at developing monitoring tools for the domestication of the UN Convention against Torture (UNCAT).

Measuring municipal audit consistency can be a useful policy tool
Author: jacob
Published: Jul 09, 2014

The data in the Auditor-General’s reports on local government can be used, not only as an annual scorecard of how many municipalities complied with their audit obligations, but as a measure of the resilience of local government as a public institution.

Majority of officials in local government fall outside the regulations
Author: jacob
Published: Jul 08, 2014

The vast majority of the 300 000 officials in local government fall outside the regulations. This is according Prof Jaap de Visser and Phindile Ntliziywana, researchers at the Community Law Centre’s MLGI project in their latest article on Talking Good Governance blog.

Progress made on African Children's Charter Project objectives for 2014
Author: jacob
Published: Jul 08, 2014

African Children’s Charter Project (ACCP) partners (including Community Law Centre) met in Nairobi (Kenya), last week to come up with timelines and agree upon specific activities to be delivered within the remaining time of the implementation of the ACCP. Drs Maria Assim and Aquinaldo Mandlate from the Children’s Rights Project of the Community Law Centre were part of this 3 day workshop for the mid-year review of the ACCP.