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
18 July 2013

UCT Law Faculty applications for Doctoral and Research Master’s Programme

If you have a really interesting idea for a topic for a doctoral or research masters dissertation which you think might interest me enough that I would agree to supervise it, I would love to hear from you to bounce around ideas before you apply for one of the following positions.

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. 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; Commercial Law as well as Private Law. Applicants for the positions should submit online at www.uct.ac.za to the Admissions Office. The final date for submission of applications is 30 August 2013. 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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