Professor Rashida Manjoo, former UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, will moderate presentations by Dr Aninka Claasens from UCT’s Centre for Law and Society, Thabisa Ngada from the Gender Commission, Sanja Bornman from the Women’s Legal Centre, and Ms Griessel from the Office of the Public Protector.
The University of Cape Town has appointed Professor Penelope (Penny) Andrews as the new Dean of the Faculty of Law. She will take up her post in January 2016.
Professor Hanri Mostert from the Department of Private Law has won the Meritorious Book Award for her monograph Mineral Law: Principles and Policy in Perspective (Juta 2012).
Some of the world's oldest legal systems began in Africa. In the north, the ancient Egyptian kingdom used a civil code, founded on the idea of Ma'at, the cornerstones of which are tradition, rhetorical speech, social equity and impartiality. Today, many legal histories and traditions – some local, others imported with colonialism – create the warp and weft of law in Africa, informing everything from marriage and mining to intellectual property and gender rights. Helen Swingler looks at some of the work UCT's law scholars are doing in Africa.