Opportunities

Call for Papers: African Disability Rights Yearbook 2014

The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria recently launched the first issue of the African Disability Rights Yearbook (ADRY) on 5 November 2013. Articles for consideration for publication in the 2014 issue of the ADRY are invited.

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The ADRY comes in the wake of the adoption of Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2006. Its focus is on disability rights issues and developments of contemporary concern to persons with disabilities on the African continent It comprises three sections – Section A containing doctrinal articles and to which we are extending this invitation; Section B containing country-focused overviews of developments in disability rights in selected African countries; and Section C containing brief overviews of developments at the sub-regional and regional (African Union) levels.

The ADRY publishes once a year. It is a peer-reviewed open journal which comes with open access. As part of quality assurance, following the launch of the first issue, preparations are underway to submit an application to the South African Department of Education for attaining the status of an accredited journal. Also, an application is underway for inclusion of the ADRY in the International Bibliography of Social Sciences (IBSS).

Articles intended for Section A of the ADRY, which we are inviting, should be original and not under consideration for publication by another journal. An article should not exceed 10 000 words, including footnote references. When preparing articles for submission, contributors are kindly requested to follow the guidelines that are available on the Centre’s web site (www.chr.up.ac.za go to ‘Publications’ and then ‘African Disability Rights Yearbook’). The full link to the ADRY on the CHR website is http://www1.chr.up.ac.za/index.php/publications/african-disability-rights-yearbook.html. A copy of the first issue of the ADRY can be accessed free at this site. The ADRY can also be accessed at the website of the Pretoria University Law Press (PULP) which is http://www.pulp.up.ac.za/cat_2013_07.html

Manuscripts accompanied by a covering letter should be sent in electronic format to: Charles.ngwena@up.ac.za. An acknowledgment will be returned upon receipt of the submission.


Phanor J. Eder J.D. Prize in Comparative Law

The Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law is pleased to invite submissions for its third annual conference, to be held on April 4-5, 2014, at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. The purpose of the conference is to highlight, develop, and promote the scholarship of new and younger comparativists.

Conference Subject-Matter and Eligibility
Submissions will be accepted on any subject in public or private comparative law from scholars who have been engaged as law teachers, lecturers, fellows, or in another academic capacity for no more than ten years as of June 30, 2014. We will also accept submissions from graduate students enrolled in master’s or doctoral programs.

Submission Instructions
To submit an entry, scholars should email an attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF containing an abstract of no more than 750 words no later than November 1, 2013, to the following address: ycc.conference.2014@gmail.com. Abstracts should reflect original research that will not yet have been published, though may have been accepted for publication, by the time of the conference. Abstracts should also include the author’s name, title of the paper, institutional affiliation, contact information, as well as the author’s certification that she/he qualifies as a younger scholar. Graduate students should identify themselves as such. Scholars may make only one submission. Both individual and co-authored submissions will be accepted. For co-authored submissions, both authors must qualify as eligible younger comparativists. The conference’s Program Committee will assign individual and co-authored submissions to thematic panels according to subject area. Proposals for fully formed panels will also be accepted.

Notification
Authors of the submissions selected for the conference will be notified no later than December 20, 2013. There is no cost to register for the conference, but participants are responsible for securing their own funding for travel, lodging and other incidental expenses. A limited number of travel stipends may be awarded to those who demonstrate financial need. If you would like to be considered for a travel stipend, please make that request in your submission.

Graduate Student Prize
A prize will be awarded for the best paper submitted by a graduate student. To be considered for the award, in addition to submitting an abstract by the above deadline, graduate students whose abstracts are accepted for the conference must also submit their papers in their final form by January 31, 2014, to ycc.conference.2014@gmail.com with the following subject line: “Submission for Graduate Student Prize.”
Papers received after January 31, 2014, will not be considered for the award.
Final papers by faculty members—as well as by graduate students who do not wish to be considered for the Graduate Student Prize—will be due by email to ycc.conference.2014@gmail.com no later than March 1, 2014.


LLM in Public International Law Specializations: University of Pretoria

The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa in collaboration with the Department of Public Law of the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria is calling for applications to the Faculty’s LLM in Public International Law.

In addition to providing advanced knowledge of public international law practice and theory, this program offers two unique, optional specializations:

  • the specialization in international air, space and telecommunications law
  • the specialization in international humanitarian and human rights law in military operations

Application deadline: 30 August (foreign citizens); 30 November (South African citizens)

Enquiries:

Rina Deetlefs
Tel: 012 420 2737
Fax: 012 420 2090
Email: Rina.Deetlefs@up.ac.za


Model United Nations South African University Conference

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Professor/Associate Professor: Absa Chair in Banking Law in Africa

Responsibilities: The incumbent will be responsible for conducting and promoting research and engaging in postgraduate teaching in Banking Law in Africa in the Faculty of Law, within the Department of Mercantile Law
and in conjunction with the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa. This will entail, but will not be limited to:

  • supervision of postgraduate students and working on research topics that will lead to publications in peer reviewed academic journals
  • acting as academic leader of the discipline and playing an active role in strengthening research networks in Africa at national and international levels
  • accepting responsibility for the strategic, academic and operational management of the Chair in Banking Law in Africa and to assist with fundraising activities associated with the Chair.

Minimum requirements:

  • A Doctorate in law which is relevant to Banking Law in Africa
  • A proven research and publication record
  • A track record of postgraduate supervision
  • An appropriate vision for the Chair in Banking Law in Africa
  • Strong leadership and communication skills.

Recommendations:

  • Managerial experience at a tertiary institution
  • NRF rating
  • Knowledge of languages of the African Union other than English.

Enquiries: Prof André Boraine, tel. (012) 420-2412/3759.

Please note: As part of the selection process, candidates may be expected to do a 15-minute presentation to the Appointments Committee on his/her vision for the Chair.
By applying, candidates agree to the appointment process as set out in the relevant UP policy document.
An outline of this process can be accessed at http://www.up.ac.za/services/personnel/policies/w113E.doc
Applicants are requested to complete the online application by accessing the Careers@UP link on the UP website: http://www.up.ac.za
In applying for this post, please attach:

  • A comprehensive CV
  • Certified copies of qualifications
  • Names, e-mail addresses and telephone details of three referees whom we have permission to contact
  • Names and contact details of peer reviewers (academic and research)
  • A self-evaluation
  • A vision for the Chair.

Closing date : 31 MAY 2013.
No application will be considered after the closing date, or if it does not comply with at least the minimum requirements.


Call for Papers: Constitution-making in Africa
6 September 2013
University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa

Download the electronic Call for Papers (PDF version)
Please note:
The email address to use when sending abstract is: dlgordon@uwc.ac.za

The Multi-Level Government Initiative and the Socio-Economic Rights Project of the Community Law Centre (University of the Western Cape), together with the South African Research Chair on Multi-Level Government, Law & Policy are pleased to announce a conference on “Constitution-making in Africa”.

The Conference is organised as part of the African Human Rights Moot Court Competition, hosted by the Faculty of Law (University of the Western Cape) and the Centre for Human Rights (University of Pretoria) from 2 to 7 September 2013.

Background and aim of the conference
2013 marks the 20th anniversary of the adoption of South Africa’s Interim Constitution. The Interim Constitution was the product of the negotiations between the apartheid government and the liberation movements, which had already commenced in the late 1980s. It paved the way for the first democratic elections in 1994 and the adoption of the Final Constitution in 1996. The Community Law Centre played an important role in the drafting of the Interim and the Final Constitution and is proud to host a conference to mark the anniversary of the Interim Constitution.

The anniversary coincides with a trend towards greater constitutionalism in Africa: a number of countries are undergoing constitution-making processes. Some countries are in the process of writing or adopting a constitution (e.g. Zimbabwe, South Sudan) and others have recently adopted a new constitution (e.g Kenya) and are in the process of implementing it.

The conference aims to provide a platform for the critical engagement with current and past constitution-making processes on the continent, drawing on the comparative experience of academics and practitioners.

Themes
The conference will commence with a plenary session, in which key participants to the South African Constitution-making process will reflect on the transition from apartheid rule to democratic rule. The remainder of the conference will revolve around four themes:

  • Process of constitution-making
    The process towards the adoption of a constitution is determined by the context in which the constitution is written. It navigates issues such as political engagement, keeping politically agreed timelines, ensuring the inclusion of a variety of constituencies and groups, use of domestic and foreign technical expertise, ensuring legitimacy and public awareness etc. The Conference will look at various examples of constitution-making processes around the continent and how these attempt(ed) to accommodate the many interests at play.
  • Designing the structure of the state
    Questions surrounding the use of a multi-level government structure to respond to peace, development and democratic imperatives arise in all constitution-making processes. The Conference invites papers that deal with the question how the debate about the structure of the state is/was resolved against the backdrop of peace, development and democracy.
  • Limits on state power
    Greater constitutionalism implies that the constitution circumscribes the power of the state. This may take the form of a Bill of Rights, separation of powers and other constitutional mechanisms. Constitution-makers are called upon to take decisions on issues such as the inclusion of justiciable socio-economic rights, the imposition of term limits, the role of independent commissions, the role of the courts etc. The Conference will examine the debates that precede(d) the constitutional choices made on this topic and how those constitutional choices have been implemented.
  • Implementing the Constitution
    Once a new constitution has been adopted, the real challenge lies in implementing the new framework. Almost always, this involves a landmark general election, followed by large scale reforms of statutory frameworks, policies and institutions right across the country. Key issues in this are the political management of these reforms, how to maintain the rule of law and democratic governance, how to involve citizens and stakeholders in the reforms, how to deal with resistance, what transitional mechanisms to use etc. The Conference will debate current and past examples of countries managing the transition to a new constitutional order.

Process
Abstracts are invited on the above four themes. The abstract must contain a name, proposed title and a brief summary in no more than 500 words. If you are a participant in the African Human Rights Moot Court Competition, please indicate this on your abstract. Abstracts should be sent to dlgordon@uwc.ac.za on or before 17 May 2013. Decisions with regard to the selection of abstracts will be communicated by 31 May 2013.

A full paper must be submitted by 30 August 2013, using the prescribed referencing style, and be presented at the Conference. Papers will be published as drafts on a dedicated website beforehand. Presenters may be required to rework their papers after the Conference, and resubmit final versions for inclusion in a publication.

Contacts
For further information, contact Mrs Debbie Gordon at dlgordon@uwc.ac.za


4 Doctoral Positions in the Faculty of Law

The Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria is offering a maximum of four full-time doctoral scholarships for South African nationals in the field of public international law, with thesis topics related to the relationship between international humanitarian law and human rights law in military operations.

Applications must be accompanied by a (i) CV (ii) grade transcripts (iii) motivation letter of 300 words and (iv) a draft research proposal of 2000-3000 words.

Closing date for applications: 7 March 2013.

Direct enquiries to:

Jeanne Kay Goodale
JeanneKay.Goodale@up.ac.za


1 Post-doctoral Position in the Faculty of Law

The Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria is offering a Postdoc position in the field of public international law. The area of research must be related to the relationship between international humanitarian law and human rights law in military operations.

The position is for two years and open to suitable candidates of any nationality. The salary amounts to ZAR 200 000- per annum (tax free). Each application must be accompanied by a (i) CV (ii) grade transcripts (iii) two letters of reference (iv) motivation letter of 300 words and (iv) draft research proposal of 2000-3000 words.

Closing date for applications: 7 March 2013.

Applications should be submitted to:

Jeanne Kay Goodale
JeanneKay.Goodale@up.ac.za


Short Course in Public International Law, 21 – 26 January 2013, Pretoria

BRIEF DESCRIPTION

The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa in the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria is hosting a short course that offers an opportunity to learn about key areas in the area of public international law.
The short course will be directed by Chacha Bhoke Murungu (University of South Africa); Erika de Wet (University of Pretoria); Michelo Hansungule (University of Pretoria); André Smit (Legal Adviser, Department of Defence); Tania Steenkamp (Legal Adviser, Department of International Relations and Cooperation); Frans Viljoen (University of Pretoria) and Gus Waschefort (University of Pretoria).

THE COURSE TOPICS INCLUDE
• Treaties
• States and Territory
• Jurisdiction and Immunity
• State Responsibility and Diplomatic Protection
• Human Rights
• Sea and Air Law
• International Adjudication
• International Organizations
• The Use of Force
• International Criminal Law and International Humanitarian Law

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
The course is aimed at law graduates, senior-level governmental and intergovernmental officials, leaders of civil society, staff and managers of NGO’s and academics.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS
A law degree is a requirement for admission. Participants will be required to prepare reading material from the textbook by John Dugard, International Law. A South African Perspective (Juta, 4th rev. ed, 2011). In addition, primary materials will be made available on the internet in advance. Participants who have attended all lectures will receive a certificate of attendance on completion of the course.
Participants must submit a copy of their law degree with their application preferably by 13 December 2012.

COURSE FEE (CE at UP IS EXEMPT FROM VAT)
The course fee is R 4950.00 and includes all course material and lunch. University of Pretoria students can apply for a reduced course fee of R 2500.00; proof of 2013 registration is required. Participants are responsible for their own accommodation and travel arrangements.

REGISTRATION & ENQUIRIES
Penelopie Esterhuizen
Tel: +27 (0)12 420 5015
Fax: +27 (0)12 420 5465
E-mail: info.ce@up.ac.za


Air, Space and Telecommunications Law:  11-22 February 2013, Pretoria

The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa in the Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria (UP) in collaboration with the Aerospace Industry Support Initiative of
the South African Department of Trade and Industry will host a summer school on international air, space and telecommunications law. It offers a unique opportunity for members of the civil service and industry to develop specialized
skills in these areas of law.

The summer school will be directed by a leading international expert in the field, Prof. Dr. Stephan Hobe, LL.M. (McGill), Director of the Institute of Air and Space Law at the University of Cologne, Germany and Extraordinary Professor in the UP Faculty of Law. The summer school will focus on the legal framework pertaining to international air, space and telecommunications, including the relevant international treaties and their application within the South African context.

KEY TOPICS

  • The public and private dimensions of air law
  • The regulatory system of the International
  • Telecommunication Union
  • The combating of outer space pollution caused by space debris
  • The history and major principles of space law
  • The use of space for military purposes
  • Liability for the wrongful use of space
  • The role of international air law in combating terrorism

COURSE FEE (CE at UP IS EXEMPT FROM VAT)

A course fee of R 3000.00 applies to those participants who are not members of the South African civil service. The course fee is payable upon registration. Participants can apply for a reduced course fee where this is necessitated by their financial situation. Participants are responsible for their own accommodation and travel arrangements.

COURSE STRUCTURE
The summer school is designed for a maximum of 25 highly motivated members of the civil service and industry who deal with legal aspects of air, space and telecommunications law in their daily work. The application procedure is open to both lawyers and nonlawyers from South African and other African countries. Participants will be required to prepare reading material, which will be made available to them in advance. On completion of the course participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE
Participants will be admitted through a selection procedure. They must submit their Curriculum Vitae together with a letter of motivation to the course coordinator at CE at UP. The letter of motivation must be limited to 300 words. Participants must please explain their reasons for participation with particular reference to the relevance of the summer school for their day to day work.

REGISTRATION & ENQUIRIES
Penelopie Esterhuizen
Tel: +27 (0)12 420 5015
Fax: +27 (0)12 420 5465
Email: info.ce@up.ac.za


LLM in Public International Law Specializations

The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa in collaboration with the Department of Public Law of the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria is calling for applications to the Faculty’s LLM in Public International Law.

In addition to providing advanced knowledge of public international law practice and theory, this program offers two unique, optional specializations:

  • the specialization in international air, space and telecommunications law (introduced in 2012);
  • the specialization in international humanitarian and human rights law in military operations (to be introduced in 2013).

Application deadline: 30 August (foreign citizens); 30 November (South African citizens)

Enquiries:
Margaret Mkhatshwa
Tel: 012 420 4267
Fax: 012 420 2090
Email: Margaret.Mkhatshwa@up.ac.za


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