[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.
The Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Max Price
Professor Pierre De Vos
Department of Public Law
Faculty of Law
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 at 17h30
Lecture Theatre 1, Kramer Law Building
University of Cape Town
Guests to be seated by 17h15
|Pierre de Vos was appointed as the Claude Leon Foundation Chair in Constitutional Governance in the Public Law Department at the Law Faculty of the University of Cape Town in July 2009. His tasks include the teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Constitutional Law and engagement in public activities to promote respect for the Constitution of South Africa. He has obtained a BComm (Law); LLB and LLM (cum laude), all from the University of Stellenbosch; a LLM from the University of Columbia, New York; and an LLD from the University of the Western Cape.
He taught at the University of the Western Cape for over 15 years where he was first appointed as a lecturer in 1993 before being promoted to Professor in 2003. He has published widely on an array of topics dealing, broadly, with the use of law in promoting social justice. His research focuses specifically on the realisation of social and economic rights – including the right to housing and health care – and the prohibition on unfair discrimination – especially as it relates to discrimination against gay men, lesbians and people living with HIV/AIDS.
In 2008 he became the first legal academic in South Africa to write a regular Blog, entitled Constitutionally Speaking. Today the Blog is widely read and quoted, as is his commentary provided to electronic and print media in South Africa and abroad.
For the past 5 years he has served as the Chairperson of the Board of the Aids Legal Network, an NGO promoting a human rights approach to HIV/AIDS prevention, combatting discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS, and government policies regarding HIV/AIDS treatment. He is also a Board member of the Triangle Project and the Ubuntu Development Forum.
In 1994 he published a novel – in Afrikaans – entitled “Slegs Blankes/Whites Only”. The novel told the story of a young Afrikaans man coming to terms with the fact that his father was a member of an apartheid hit squad, and with the fact of his own sexuality.
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