Quote of the week

In the current crisis another shark has been on people’s minds. In the early days of the coronavirus outbreak quite a few commentators compared Trump to the fictional mayor in Jaws. Steven Spielberg’s mayor refuses at first to accept that a shark is responsible for the fatal attacks – he claims the first was a boating accident. When the evidence becomes hard to refute he still declines to shut the resort. Only when another swimmer gets chewed up on 4 July does he finally accept that he needs to call in the professionals. It’s all rather Trumpian. But only one politician has actually cited the actions of the mayor from Jaws as a model of crisis management, and it isn’t Trump. Boris Johnson used to tease audiences by suggesting that ‘the real hero of Jaws was the mayor, a wonderful politician.

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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