An ‘important purpose of section 34 [of the Constitution] is to guarantee the protection of the judicial process to persons who have disputes that can be resolved by law’ and that the right of access to court is ‘foundational to the stability of an orderly society. It ensures the peaceful, regulated and institutionalised mechanisms to resolve disputes, without resorting to self-help. The right of access to court is a bulwark against vigilantism, and the chaos and anarchy which it causes. Construed in this context of the rule of law and the principle against self-help in particular, access to court is indeed of cardinal importance’.The right guaranteed s34 would be rendered meaningless if court orders could be ignored with impunity:the underlying purposes of the right — and particularly that of avoidance of self-help — would be undermined if litigants could decide which orders they wished to obey and which they wished to ignore.
Call for Papers:
UCT / Acta Juridica Conference in Honour of Former Chief Justice Pius Langa
On 16-17 January 2014, the UCT Law Faculty, in association with Acta Juridica, will host a two-day conference examining and celebrating the jurisprudence of former Chief Justice Pius Langa. Justice Langa made a tremendous contribution to South Africa’s constitutional democracy at a crucial period in our legal and political history. His life serves as an inspiring example to all South Africans. The conference aims to explore and to honour his work.
The conference will take place at the UCT Law Faculty. The organisers have invited a group of distinguished local and international academics to present papers addressing a variety of themes in Justice Langa’s judgments. We invite further proposals for papers of this nature. A limited number of papers will be selected on the basis of engagement with the conference theme and fit with other papers being presented at the conference, as well as quality and originality.
The deadline for submitting proposals is 31 August 2013. Proposals should be emailed to Dr Alistair Price at firstname.lastname@example.org. The proposal should include the following information:
• a working title;
• an abstract of no more than 500 words; and
• author name, institutional affiliation, and contact details.
The organisers shall endeavour to inform applicants of the outcome of their proposals by 15 September 2013.
Successful applicants will be expected to produce a draft paper, at least 5-10 pages in length, by 16 December 2013 that will be distributed to all participants before the conference. Presentation of accepted papers at the conference should be approximately 20-30 minutes in length, although a detailed schedule will be distributed in due course. Presented papers will be considered for publication, subject to peer review, in the 2015 edition of Acta Juridica.
Registration for non-presenter participation in the conference will be opened during September 2013. Further details will be published in due course by email and on the conference website: www.langaconference.uct.ac.za (to be launched soon).
Dr Alistair Price, UCT (email@example.com)
Adv Michael Bishop, UCT (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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