Quote of the week

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.

Plasket AJ
Victoria Park Ratepayers' Association v Greyvenouw CC and others (511/03) [2003] ZAECHC 19 (11 April 2003)
18 July 2013

UCT Law Faculty applications for Doctoral and Research Master’s Programme

If you have a really interesting idea for a topic for a doctoral or research masters dissertation which you think might interest me enough that I would agree to supervise it, I would love to hear from you to bounce around ideas before you apply for one of the following positions.

UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN: FACULTY OF LAW

APPLICATIONS FOR THE DOCTORAL AND RESEARCH MASTER’S PROGRAMMES

The Faculty of Law at the University of Cape Town hosts scholars and students from many nations. It provides a highly interactive and friendly environment for study and research. Its doctoral and research master’s programmes are growing fast. For the 2014 intake, the Faculty is seeking 15 highly motivated individuals to join these programmes in the following fields of research: Public Law; Commercial Law as well as Private Law. Applicants for the positions should submit online at www.uct.ac.za to the Admissions Office. The final date for submission of applications is 30 August 2013. For further information see www.doctoralprogram.uct.ac.za or contact the Faculty of Law Office at Patricia.Phillips@uct.ac.za or on +27 21 650 5409.

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