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.
The Western Cape Branch of the National Association of Democratic Lawyers (NADEL) Invites you to attend a public seminar on A briefing of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine in preparation for the Cape Town hearing in October 2011
Speaker: Senator Pierre Galand
Date: Friday, 11 February 2011
Venue: Cape Law Society Boardroom (30th floor)
ABSA Centre, 2 Riebeeck Street, Cape Town
RSVP: Waheeda Amien
(email@example.com, mobile: 0722922630)
Kindly RSVP by 12pm on Tuesday, 8 February 2011 for catering purposes
National Association of Democratic Lawyers
078 514 3706
Fax: 086 602 6167
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Our special guest speaker is Belgian Senator Pierre Galand who will be giving a briefing on the South African leg of the “Russell Tribunal on Palestine” due to take place in Cape Town in October 2011. The “Russell Tribunal on Palestine” is an international peoples tribunal established in 1979 to promote peace, justice and stability in the Middle East. It was established in response to the lack of compliance with the ICJ’s advisory opinion on the construction of the apartheid wall in occupied Palestinian territory and the failure to implement the numerous UN resolutions since 1947, and more recently the UN resolution confirming the ICJ opinion.
Since the Israeli offensive in Gaza in December 2008 – January 2009, there has been an international outcry at the loss of civilian life, human rights violations and wanton destruction of property in the occupied territories. As a result, concerted efforts have been made by global activists to promote and protect the rights of Palestinians within the framework of international law and through civil protest.
The “Russell Tribunal on Palestine” is one such activist platform created by eminent activist and scholar Bertrand Russell and hosted by French philosopher and playwright Jean-Paul Sartre. Together they established tribunals in Vietnam, Chile,Brazil and Iraq . The tribunals are convened in various countries and comprise different sessions which focus on human rights violations, as well as aspects of “complicities and omissions by states, international organisations and corporations in the ongoing occupation of Palestinian territories by Israel and the perpetuation of the violations of international law committed by Israel.”BACK TO TOP