Quote of the week

In the fallout from the 2010 bidding round, the Qataris complained that they were taking the heat for a process that had also rewarded Putin and his kleptocratic regime. Why weren’t the Russians the ones in the firing line? Part of Qatar’s problem was that the Americans, from whom they had effectively stolen the tournament, began shortly afterwards to look into Fifa’s finances. A US Department of Justice inquiry into Warner, which ended up charging him with ‘wire fraud, racketeering and money laundering’, triggered the exposure of a whole raft of dodgy practices, including a proposed payment of $2 million from Fifa’s chairman, Sepp Blatter, to his deputy and anointed successor, Platini, which eventually led to the resignation of both men.

David Runciman
London Review of Books
7 November 2017

Claude Leon Foundation Scholarships for Masters students in Human Rights, Gender, Sexuality or Constitutional Law 2018

3 LLM scholarships (R100 000 each for 2018)

Prof Pierre de Vos, the Claude Leon Chair in Constitutional Governance at the University of Cape Town Law Faculty, invites suitably qualified applicants to submit applications for the above post-graduate scholarships. The successful applicants will be South African citizens who plan to embark on a Masters degree by dissertation in the fields of South African or comparative Human Rights Law, Constitutional Law or interdisciplinary studies on sexuality or gender. The dissertations will be supervised by the Chair in Constitutional Governance.

  • The successful applicants will have an excellent academic record. In making the selection, the selection panel will strive to select a cohort of recipients broadly representative of South Africa’s racial and gender composition.
  • The scholarships will be awarded for a period of a non-renewable one year term; and
  • The selected scholars will be required to provide reasonable research assistance to the Chair in Constitutional Governance, must be based in Cape Town and must be available for at least 5 hours per week to interact with the Chair and provide the research assistance.

For further information contact: pierre.devos@uct.ac.za or 021 6503079.

Applicants must send a covering letter indicating the reasons why they wish to pursue post graduate studies, accompanied by a full curriculum vitae with the names and contact details of three referees, all available undergraduate degree transcripts and a short (no more than one page) draft proposal indicating the possible topic of LLM thesis to: pierre.devos@uct.ac.za by no later than 30 November 2017. The successful candidates will be expected to commence with work in February 2018.

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