Quote of the week

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
15 May 2012

Internships at Human Rights Commission

INTERNSHIPS

 The SAHRC is currently inviting applications for postgraduate law students to apply for internships at the Western Cape Office of the South African Human Rights Commission.

 

Requirements:

An appropriate four-year legal qualification with courses preferably in:

  • Constitutional Law, Law of Evidence, Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, Criminal

Law and Interpretation of Statutes;

  • ·                Knowledge of Human Rights Law;
    • Knowledge of Constitutional developments;
    • Relevant practical experience would be a recommendation;
    • The applicant should have computer word processing skills.

 

SPECIFIC ATTRIBUTES

Very specific attributes required are as follows:

 

ABSOLUTE commitment to the success of the Commission

  • Reliability
  • Tact
  • Organised
  • Integrity
  • Good Team Player
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Networking skills
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Pro active
  • Innovative
  • Can handle pressure
  •  Punctual and able to meet deadlines
  • Assertive
  • Computer literacy and good knowledge and experience of IT systems
  • Enthusiasm to learn

 

We would appreciate if you advise students of this opportunity.

 

Ability to speak isiXhosa will be an advantage.

 

Interested students are invited to contact our offices for further information.

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