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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
10 March 2016

CASAC Job Advert: Campaigns Officer

CAMPAIGNS OFFICER 

Do you have the energy and dynamism to help promote and strengthen South Africa’s constitutional democracy? 

CASAC is a civil society organisation that seeks to advance the SA Constitution as the platform for democratic politics and the transformation of SA society. Premised on the notion of progressive constitutionalism it seeks to facilitate the building of a just and equitable society in which people can live securely with dignity. CASAC has focused its work on building a culture of Constitutional rights, strengthening institutions of governance and the rule of law, and enhancing accountability and integrity in public life.

We are looking at hiring a CAMPAIGNS OFFICER on a short term contract to work in particular on the promotion of constitutional literacy and human rights education, and activities relating to the 20th anniversary of the Constitution. The successful candidate will be an energetic organiser with an appetite for human rights and social justice, who can plan and implement activities in collaboration with others. The ability to conduct research will be an advantage.

Requirements:

 A commitment to the Constitution as the foundation of our democracy

 An awareness of the current discourse relating to constitutional and political debates

 Ability to work on your own

 Previous experience in the NGO sector is preferred

 A relevant tertiary qualification

 Excellent written and oral communications skills

 Computer literacy and social media skills

Interested candidates should send a CV with a covering letter of motivation to info@casac.org.za by 24 March 2016. Whilst CASAC is based in Cape Town applicants from other areas may be considered.

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