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
8 June 2016

LLM scholarships at UCT: 2017

Claude Leon Foundation Scholarships in Constitutional Governance 2017

 2 LLM scholarships (R80 000 each for 2017)

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 preferably be South African citizens (although non-South African citizens from the rest of the continent would be awarded the scholarship in exceptional circumstances) who plan to embark on Master’s degree by dissertation in 2017 in the fields of South African or comparative Human Rights Law, Constitutional Law or other legal and political questions relating to constitutional governance, constitutionalism, rights discourse or the promotion of social justice – including topics that require interdisciplinary research. 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 scholarship will be awarded for a period of one year;
  • The selected scholars will be required to provide reasonable research assistance to the Chair in Constitutional Governance; and
  • The selected scholars will be expected to live in Cape Town or surroundings to be reasonably present at the University of Cape Town.

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

Applicants must send a covering letter providing motivation for the application, 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) proposal indicating the possible topic of the post-graduate research to: pierre.devos@uct.ac.za by no later than 24 June  2016.

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