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[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
1 March 2013

Ismail Mahomed Law Reform Essay Competition for Law students

In commemorating the 10 year anniversary of the Ismail Mahomed Law Reform Essay Competition, Juta has increased the total value of the prizes to R70 000. The competition, organised by the SA Law Reform Commission (SALRC), in partnership with Juta, is open to all LLB and LLM students registered at a SA university in the 2013 academic year. Each of the winners in the LLB and the LLM categories will receive an Incredible Connection or book voucher to the value of R20 000; or a one year subscription to Juta’s South African Law Reports from 1947 to date. The runners-up for both categories will each receive an Incredible Connection or book voucher to the value of R10 000 or one year subscription to Juta’s Statutes and Regulations of SA. E

ssays can be on any topic relating to the modernisation, improvement, development, or reform of any aspect, area or branch of SA law.

Entries must be submitted by 30 September, and will be judged by a panel appointed by the SALRC. For more information, contact the SALRC on (012) 392-9558 or emailjjoni@justice.gov.za 

Full report on the Legalbrief Today site

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