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
1 February 2017

Job Advert: Constitutional Law Clerks for 2017

THE OFFICE OF THE CHIEF JUSTICE 

CONSTITUTIONAL COURT OF SOUTH AFRICA 

LAW CLERKS 2018 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS 

The Constitutional Court invites applications from suitable candidates seeking appointment as Law Clerks for 2018. Each Justice of the Constitutional Court is assisted by two Law Clerks whose primary function is to carry out legal research for their respective Justice. Appointments are made for the periods January 2018 to December 2018 or July 2018 to June 2019 depending on each Justice’s requirements. Applicants should indicate the period for which they wish to be considered. Applications are considered by all Justices of the Court, and applicants should not specify a preference to work for a specific Justice.

The Office of the Chief Justice (Constitutional Court) seeks to ensure that the persons selected are broadly representative of the South African population in terms of race and gender and background. Applicants should be in possession of an LLB degree (or an equivalent or post-graduate degree) or in the final year of study for such degree and should display an interest in subjects relating to constitutional law. Academic excellence and research experience is recommended. Successful applicants will be subjected to a vetting process. Further details about the programme can be found on our website www.constitutionalcourt.org.za

Applications should include the following:

(1) Z83 – application for employment form (which is obtainable from any Government Department, on the DPSA website or here);

(2) a cover letter;

(3) a full curriculum vitae;

(4) a certified ID copy;

(5) certified copies of all academic records;

(6) an example of written work between 6 – 12 pages in length, which demonstrates critical legal analysis and is written solely by the applicant; and

(7) letters of recommendation from two referees, together with their names and contact details (including but not limited to email addresses).

Applications are to be submitted electronically by e-mail to: applications@concourt.org.za

Applications can also be hand deliver to: Office of the Chief Justice, 188 14th Road, Noordwyk, Midrand.

The salary for these contract positions is R 311 784.00 per annum plus 37% in lieu of benefits. No other benefits are afforded.

The closing date for applications is 31 March 2017. No applications will be accepted after this date. A letter and/or email will be sent to each applicant upon receipt of his/her application. If an applicant does not receive an acknowledgment of receipt, he/she must contact the Office of the Chief Justice: Human Resources Department on 010 493 2528 (attention: Ms C Gideon). Applicants who are shortlisted for an interview will be notified either during May or June 2017. If you are not notified by that date, please consider your application unsuccessful

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