*Jane Diala On 28-29 October 2019, I joined a group of around 50 scholars from within and outside Africa in attending the Engendering Access to Justice for Development in Sub Saharan Africa International Conference. The conference took place at the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. … Continue reading engendering access to justice for development in sub saharan africa – a conference reflection
*Katie Connan To work in the NGO space, in the public interest law space, is to wrestle with continual tensions. Tensions between what the world is, and what we want it to be. Tensions between defending ourselves against those who harm us and building connections with complex people who are both similar and different to … Continue reading Reflecting on the 2019 Public Interest Law Gathering
*Jessica Bobbert On Monday, 2 September 2019, the news of 19-year-old, UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana’s brutal murder was confirmed. The period that followed was one of intense emotion: sadness, grief, fear and anger, felt not only by the UCT community, but across the wider society as well. Many services were held to mourn Nene, including … Continue reading WRITE TO REMEMBER: A Tribute to Uyinene
Jessica Bobbert* The 9th Annual Public Interest Law Gathering was held at the University of Witwaterstrand from the 31st of October to the 1st of November 2019. Focusing on public interest litigation, the gathering exists as a collaborative knowledge-sharing exercise involving public interest legal practitioners and organisations, law students, paralegals, social movement leaders and legal … Continue reading STRENGTH THROUGH STRATEGY: Thoughts from P.I.L.G 2019
Melanie Judge* This post first appeared in the Mail and Guardian GENDER Some months back, at a work event in Europe, a man exclaimed how distressing the #MeToo campaign was for him because, as he put it: “Now I can’t even rest my hand on a woman’s knee without being accused of sexual harassment.” My … Continue reading Watch Where You Put Your Hands, Oaf !
Haji Mohamed Dawjee** No one owns their stories and the telling of them like white male writers. They are given endless opportunities for it. They can write about anything. They can pen rants about white-men problems and white-men wealth. They can wax lyrical about cars and boats and spaceships. They can have reams and reams … Continue reading WE DON’T REALLY WRITE WHAT WE LIKE*
Jeanne Bodenstein* Spaces where researchers, activists and students can gather to share thoughts, ideas and dreams, are few and far between. That is why we were so grateful and excited when the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Law and Society offered to partner with us to host a panel discussion on developing court models … Continue reading Sharing Insight to Develop Better Court Models