Chris Oxtoby and Abongile Sipondo had an Op-ed piece published in the Business Day on the transformation of the judiciary.
'the bench may be transformed in terms of race and gender, and yet not represent as wide a range of views as it might"
From 12 to 19 April 2010, the Judicial Service Commission (
On 20th May DGRU hosted a seminar entitled " the Fifa Footprint - what will be the World Cup's Governance Legacy ?
On 11 June 2010, South Africa will begin hosting the first World Cup on the African continent. The hosting of this mega event is considered by many as a landmark event, not just for South Africa but for the continent as a whole. Amongst all the excitement, it is an opportune time to reflect on the legacy that the World Cup might leave.
The JSC is currently interviewing candidates for High Court and Labour Court positions. The DGRU could not prepare a similar report to the one they did for the Constitutional Court appointments in 2009 (see
Massmart is a leading South African retailer. The organisation is committed to sustainable development, constitutional values and good political governance and seeks to establish a prestigious scholarship programme at the University of Cape Town.
Massmart intends that the Scholarship Programme will build up a consortium of excellent scholars/researchers who are already employed in public service, in national or provincial government, or in a constitutional statutory body and who will continue to work in their specific field following achievement of the required degree
The Department of Public Law on behalf of the Climate Change Governance Collaboration (comprising DGRU, African Centre for Cities, Centre for Criminology, Dept of Economics and the Energy Research Centre) hosted a public talk on building an eco-efficient economy.
21 March 2010 marks 50 years since the Sharpeville massacre of 1960, commemorated annually as Human Rights Day in South Africa. To mark this event, the Democratic Governance and Rights Unit (DGRU) of the Law Faculty at UCT, in partnership with the Political Studies Department at the University of the Western Cape, with the support of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) are convening a roundtable discussion and public debate, to reflect on the legacy of Sharpeville and its impact on current human rights.
DGRU researchers attended the recent "Kliptown Hearings" at which the JSC selected the new Constitutional Court Judges. A summary of these hearings can be found here
February 2010 marks the 15th anniversary of the opening of the Constitutional Court. This landmark coincides with the retirement of four of the original eleven judges of the court, and this confluence of events suggests that this is an opportune time for the Faculty of Law to reflect upon the record of the court so far, and the legacy of the judges that have retired.
The DGRU is convening a series of events during the week of 22-25 February 2010 which will bring together retired judges of the court, academics and scholars, and civil society activists with the aim of reflecting on the past fifteen years, as well as thinking about how the constitution may be advanced in the future." To see the programme click here
The DGRU is participating in the international Freedom of Expression Project. Their contribution is to examine the trends and challenges in South Africa's communications environment and how these impact on the rights to freedom of expression and political participation.