Quote of the week

[Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro] possesses, however, few of his predecessor’s resources, lacking not just oil revenue but Chávez’s surplus of charisma, humour and political skill. Maduro, unable to end the crisis, has increasingly sided with the privileged classes against the masses; his security forces are regularly dispatched into barrios to repress militants under the guise of fighting crime. Having lost its majority in Congress, the government, fearing it can’t win at the polls the way Chávez did, cancelled gubernatorial elections that had been set for December last year (though they now appear to be on again). Maduro has convened an assembly to write a new constitution, supposedly with the objective of institutionalising the power of social movements, though it is unlikely to lessen the country’s polarisation.

Greg Grandin
London Review of Books
10 October 2014

Claude Leon Foundation LLM Scholarship (UCT), 2015

Claude Leon Foundation Scholarship in Constitutional Governance

Due to late withdrawal of one of the selected candidates, I have 1  LLM scholarships to the value of R80 000 available for a student intending to do a research LLM at UCT in 2015 in public law or related interdisciplinary field.

Prof Pierre de Vos, the Claude Leon Chair in Constitutional Governance at the University of Cape Town Law Faculty, invites suitably qualified applicants to submit applications for the above LLM scholarship. The successful applicant will be South African citizens who plans to embark on a Master’s degree by dissertation in 2015 in the fields of South African or comparative Human Rights Law, Constitutional Law or other legal and political questions relating to constitutional governance. Candidates who plan to do interdisciplinary research are also welcome. The dissertation will be supervised by the Chair in Constitutional Governance.

  • The successful applicant will have an excellent academic record. In making the selection, the selection panel will take into account the need for scholarship holders broadly to represent South Africa’s racial and gender composition;
  • The scholarship will be awarded for a period of one year;
  • The selected scholar will be required to provide reasonable research assistance to the Chair in Constitutional Governance; and
  • The selected scholar will be expected to be in residence at the University of Cape Town.

For further information contact: pierre.devos@uct.ac.za.

Applicants must send a covering letter, accompanied by a full curriculum vitae with the names and contact details of two referees, all available undergraduate degree transcripts and a short (no more than one page) proposal indicating the possible topic of the post-graduate research to: pierre.devos@uct.ac.za by no later than 21 October 2014.

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