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Although judicial proceedings will generally be bound by the requirements of natural justice to a greater degree than will hearings before administrative tribunals, judicial decision-makers, by virtue of their positions, have nonetheless been granted considerable deference by appellate courts inquiring into the apprehension of bias. This is because judges ‘are assumed to be [people] of conscience and intellectual discipline, capable of judging a particular controversy fairly on the basis of its own circumstances’: The presumption of impartiality carries considerable weight, for as Blackstone opined at p. 361 in Commentaries on the Laws of England III . . . ‘[t]he law will not suppose possibility of bias in a judge, who is already sworn to administer impartial justice, and whose authority greatly depends upon that presumption and idea’. Thus, reviewing courts have been hesitant to make a finding of bias or to perceive a reasonable apprehension of bias on the part of a judge, in the absence of convincing evidence to that effect.

L'Heureux-Dube and McLachlin JJ
Livesey v The New South Wales Bar Association [1983] HCA 17; (1983) 151 CLR 288
25 July 2013

Call for papers: Conference in Honour of Pius Langa at UCT

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 alistair.price@uct.ac.za. 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).

 

Best wishes,

 

Dr Alistair Price, UCT (alistair.price@uct.ac.za)

Adv Michael Bishop, UCT (mjbishop@outlook.com)

 

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