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
8 July 2014

UCT Law Faculty: Applications for Doctoral and Research Master’s Programme

UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN: FACULTY OF LAW
APPLICATIONS FOR THE DOCTORAL AND RESEARCH MASTER’S PROGRAMMES

The Faculty of Law at the University of Cape Town hosts scholars and students from many nations. It provides a highly interactive and friendly environment for study and research, and its doctoral and research master’s programmes are growing fast. For the 2014 intake, the Faculty is seeking 15 highly motivated individuals to join these programmes in the following fields of research:

Public Law: Human Rights; Criminal Justice; Environmental Law; Evidence; Law and Society; Women, Land and Policy; Traditional Leaders; International Law (including International Criminal Law); Constitutional Law.

Commercial Law: Comparative Law in Africa; Labour Law; Law and Development in Africa; Specific Contracts.

Private Law: Property Law (in particular (1) Expropriation Law; (2) Mineral and Petroleum Resources in Africa); Delict; Legal History; Contract; Unjustified Enrichment; Jurisprudence and Legal Theory; Family Law (including Women and Children’s Law); Legal Education; Consumer Protection; African Customary Law.

Applicants for the positions should submit online, to the Admissions Office.

The final date for submission of applications is 30 August 2014.

Short-listed candidates may be invited for interviews, which may be held in Cape Town or by teleconference in October 2014.

For further information see www.doctoralprogram.uct.ac.za or contact the Faculty of Law Office at Patricia.Phillips@uct.ac.za or on ++27 21 650 5409.

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