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Short Course in Public International Law
Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa
Posted on 14 Aug 2014

The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa in the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria in collaboration with the Department of Public Law is hosting a short course that offers an opportunity to learn about key areas in the area of public international law.

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Faculty hosts prestige lecture on the development of the law of the sea through UN processes
Elzet Hurter
Posted on 13 May 2014

On Monday, 14 April 2014, Prof Dire Tladi was formally welcomed by the Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria through his prestige lecture on ‘The development of the law of the sea through UN processes: The case of biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction’.

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Second Stellenbosch Annual Seminar on Constitutionalism in Africa (SASCA)
Yolanda Booyzen
Posted on 24 Apr 2014

The Organisers of the Stellenbosch Annual Seminar on Constitutionalism in Africa (SASCA) are pleased to announce that the Second Stellenbosch Annual Seminar on Constitutionalism in Africa (SASCA) 2014 will be held in Stellenbosch (South Africa) from Wednesday 17 September to Friday 19 September 2014.

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Japan and University of Pretoria discuss future cooperation
Elzet Hurter
Posted on 15 Apr 2014

An official delegation from the Japanese Embassy visited the University of Pretoria today to discuss future cooperation.

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'Military intervention in Syria: The American, British and French alternatives - and the Russian option'
Elzet Hurter
Posted on 13 Mar 2014

The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA) in the Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria hosted a public lecture by Prof Johan D van der Vyver, IT Cohen Professor of International Law and Human Rights at Emory Law School, Atlanta, Georgia, and Extraordinary Professor in the Department of Private Law, University of Pretoria on 12 March 2014 at the University of Pretoria.

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Report by UP's Prof Heyns considered in EU resolution
Thompson Chengeta
Posted on 05 Mar 2014

On 27 February 2014 the European Parliament adopted Resolution 2014/2567(RSP) on the use of armed drones wherein it notes its concerns on the deaths of thousands of civilians where drones have been used. The European Parliament’s resolution comes after the 2013 reports submitted to the UN General Assembly and Human Rights Council by among others, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Professor Christof Heyns, who is also the co-director of the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa from the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria.

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Strengthening the Rule of Law by Following the German Model?
Erika de Wet
Posted on 20 Feb 2014

On 16 and 17 May the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA) in the Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria is hosting a workshop titled: "The Implementation of International Law in South Africa – Strengthening the Rule of Law by Following the German Model?”

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‘Military intervention in Syria: The American, British and French alternatives - and the Russian option’
Elzet Hurter
Posted on 14 Feb 2014

The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa in the Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria cordially invites interested parties to a public lecture by Prof Johan D van der Vyver, IT Cohen Professor of International Law and Human Rights at Emory Law School, Atlanta, Georgia, and Extraordinary Professor in the Department of Private Law, University of Pretoria on 12 March 2014 at the University of Pretoria.

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Capacity Building in Air, Space and Telecommunications Law
Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA)
Posted on 10 Feb 2014

The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa in the Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria (UP), in collaboration with the Aerospace Industry Support Initiative of the South African Department of Trade and Industry, will facilitate capacity building in international air, space and telecommunications law. This event offers a unique opportunity for members of the civil service and industry to develop specialised skills in these areas of law.

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Second Stellenbosch Annual Seminar on Constitutionalism in Africa (SASCA)
Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa
Posted on 27 Jan 2014

The Organisers of the Stellenbosch Annual Seminar on Constitutionalism in Africa (SASCA) are pleased to announce the call for papers for the Second Stellenbosch Annual Seminar to be held from 17 to- 19 September 2014.

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In memoriam - Speaking across generations: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela 1918 – 2013
Elzet Hurter
Posted on 24 Jan 2014

“Nelson Mandela had a profound impact on the Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria, directly and indirectly; on us as a Faculty of Law and on the world in which we operate” writes Christof Heyns, Professor of Human Rights Law, Co-director of the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA) at the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria and United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.

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'The achievement of constitutionalism and its prospect in a changing world' - Judge Dieter Grimm
Erika de Wet
Posted on 04 Nov 2013

The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa, in collaboration with the Department of Public Law in the Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria, cordially invites you to a lunch lecture by Judge Dieter Grimm, a former judge at the German Constitutional Court.

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First Annual Seminar on Constitutionalism in Africa
Prof Christof Heyns
Posted on 25 Sep 2013

The first Stellenbosch Annual Seminar on Constitutionalism in Africa, organised by the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA) of the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria and the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) was held at the beginning of September 2013.

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Meet the Man who changed the course of history...
Willem Gravett
Posted on 13 Sep 2013

- Field Marshal Jan Christian Smuts

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International Justice: Are Courts Helpful? An enlightening lecture by Prof John Dugard
Shaun Wood
Posted on 30 Aug 2013

In celebration of the centennial anniversary of the Peace Palace, home of the International Court of Justice, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, together with the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA) in the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, organised a lecture presented by Prof John Dugard, judge ad hoc at the International Court of Justice and extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria on 28 August 2013.

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Scholarship and exchange possibilities for TuksLaw students at Cornell Law School in 2014/15
Erika de Wet
Posted on 26 Aug 2013

The University of Cornell Law School (USA) is again offering one LLM position in August 2014 for a graduate from the Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria. LLB and LLM students at UP also have the possibility to compete for a one semester exchange-position at Cornell.

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International Justice: Are Courts Helpful? An invitation to an exclusive lecture on 28 August
Erika de Wet
Posted on 23 Aug 2013

The International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court on the occasion of the
100th Anniversary of the Peace Palace in The Hague

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Death knell for capital punishment in Africa
Prof Christof Heyns
Posted on 13 Aug 2013

The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa in the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, recently hosted a meeting to draft an international protocol aimed at bringing an end to the death penalty in Africa.

The meeting was called by the Working Group on the Death Penalty of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, in collaboration with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extra-judicial, Summary and Arbitrary Executions, Prof Christof Heyns.

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Call for applications: LLM in Public International Law Specialisations
Prof Erika de Wet
Posted on 31 May 2013

The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa in collaboration with the Department of Public Law of the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria is calling for applications to the Faculty’s LLM in Public International Law.

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Conference to Assess Drone Warfare
Conference to Assess Drone Warfare
Posted on 22 Apr 2013

Chicago — The Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Nortre Dame,
recently assembled some of the world’s leading experts on counterterrorism strategy, ethics and the use of force, international law and civil and human rights for a conference (March 19-21) on “The Ethical, Strategic and Legal Implications of Drone Warfare.”



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Four doctoral scholarships and one Post-doctoral position
Erika de Wet
Posted on 25 Feb 2013

The Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria is offering four full-time doctoral scholarships (South African nationals only) and one Post-doctoral position (for two years, candidates of any nationality) in the field of public international law.

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Explain the Drone Attacks
C Heyns
Posted on 28 Jan 2013

The UN Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, Christof Heyns, and NYU proffesor Sarah Knuckey argue America's targeted killings are setting precedent for the rest of the world without clear justification.

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Evaluating the Obama presidency: African and Muslim perspectives
Elzet Hurter
Posted on 20 Nov 2012

The Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, hosted its second prestige lecture for the year on Friday, 9 November 2012. World-renowned Ali Mazrui, Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities at Binghamton University, New York, USA was the key speaker. He is also an Albert Luthuli Professor-at-Large at the University of Jos, Nigeria, as well as an Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large Emeritus and Senior Scholar in African Studies at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Prof Mazrui was accompanied by his wife, Pauline Uti Mazrui.

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Summer School on Air, Space and Telecommunications Law
WP Preller
Posted on 02 Nov 2012

2013 Summer School on Air, Space and Telecommunications Law

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2013 Short Course in Public International Law
WP Preller
Posted on 02 Nov 2012

2013 Short Course in Public International Law

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Cornell Law School LLM up for grabs by a TuksLaw student
Erika de Wet
Posted on 10 Oct 2012

The University of Cornell Law School (USA) is offering one LLM position in August 2013 for a graduate from the UP Faculty of Law.

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Protecting the right to life of journalists
WP Preller
Posted on 01 Oct 2012

The Department of Political Sciences and The Journalism Programme invite you to a seminar on "Protecting the right to life of journalists: ensuring a
higher level of attention" presented by Prof Christof Heyns.

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University of Pretoria and the Pan African Parliament sign MOU for a better African Union
Erika de Wet
Posted on 31 Aug 2012

On 28 August 2012, the Pan African Parliament (PAP) and the University of Pretoria (UP), through the Faculty of Law’s Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA), concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to build the capacity of the PAP in the areas of development and harmonisation of laws in line with African Union (AU) instruments.

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Constitutional challenges in South Sudan under the spotlight
Elzet Hurter
Posted on 28 Aug 2012

The purpose of a three-day conference recently held in Juba, South Sudan, was to address state organisation and discuss the influence on and implications of international law for South Sudan.

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Rapporteur urges Georgia and Texas not to execute the mentally disabled
Elzet Hurter
Posted on 24 Jul 2012

Prof Christof Heyns, Special Rapporteur of the United Nations on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions and Director of the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa in the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, has urged authorities in the states of Texas and Georgia to intervene in the cases of two American death row inmates who were slated to be executed during mid July 2012 despite having known mental disabilities.

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Report on the 2012 Africa Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition
Elzet Hurter
Posted on 17 Jul 2012

During May 2012, the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa in the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, hosted the African Round of the Manfred Lachs International Space Law Moot Court Competition.

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Drone strikes threaten 50 years of international law, says UN rapporteur and Co-director of ICLA
Elzet Hurter
Posted on 25 Jun 2012

The US policy of using drones to carry out targeted killings presents a major challenge to the system of international law that has endured since World War II, says Prof Christof Heyns, UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, summary or arbitrary executions and Co-director of the Institute for Comparative Law in Africa, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria.

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Capacity Building in Space Regulation
Elzet Hurter
Posted on 07 May 2012

The First Africa Regional Round of the 2012 Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition will take place from 17 to 18 May 2012. The competition is organised by the International Institute of Space Law (IISL).

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UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, Prof Christof Heyns, conducts two-week mission to India during March 2012
Erika de Wet
Posted on 09 Apr 2012

Prof Christof Heyns, Co-director of the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa of the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, conducted a two-week mission to India during March 2012, in his capacity as UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Second Dean Maxwell and Isle Cohen Doctoral Seminar in International Law
Prof. de Wet
Posted on 19 Mar 2012

Second Dean Maxwell and Isle Cohen Doctoral Seminar in International Law to take place on 15 and 16 June 2012 at the Faculty of Law of McGill University, in Montreal.

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Research Discussion: Luwam Dirar, 7 March
Wilhelm Preller
Posted on 16 Mar 2012

Luwam Dirar delivered her Research Discussion at the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa on Wednesday, 7 March, entitled: ‘Epistemological Pluralism and Conceptual Understanding of Regional Integration in Southern African Countries’

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Book release on Hierarchy in International Law
Prof. de Wet
Posted on 05 Mar 2012

In resolving conflicts between human rights obligations and other areas of international law, the practice of judicial bodies, both domestic and international, is crucial.

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Africa Shafted: under one roof, a film by Ingrid Martens
Wilhelm Preller
Posted on 28 Feb 2012

ICLA in association with UHURU productions will be screening Africa Shafted: under one roof, a film by Ingrid Martens on 1 March 2012.

Time: 16:30

Venue: 1 - 45

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CALL FOR PAPERS CONFERENCE ON INTERNATIONAL LAW IN AFRICA 5 & 6 October 2012
Prof. de Wet
Posted on 28 Feb 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS FOR CONFERENCE ON INTERNATIONAL LAW IN AFRICA, 5 & 6 October 2012.

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UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA: STUDY ABROAD OPPORTUNITIES FOR DOCTORAL STUDENTS
Wilhelm Preller
Posted on 27 Feb 2012

Study abroad opportunities for doctoral students in the Faculty of Law.

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Expert international panel on the safety of journalists to be held
Wilhelm Preller
Posted on 20 Feb 2012

ExPRESSion RePRESSion

Friday, 2 March 2012, 12:30 - 14:00
University of Cambridge

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Transnational Law Interest Group Roundtable
Prof. de Wet
Posted on 09 Feb 2012

The Centre for Human Rights (CHR), the International Development Law Unit (IDLU) and the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA) of the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria (UP), cordially invite you to a roundtable discussion on:
'The future role, responsibilities and terms of reference of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Tribunal.'
This discussion will take place on 13 March 2012 from 9h00-16h00 in the Moot Court, Law Building, University of Pretoria.

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Air, Space and Telecommunications Law Seminar
Prof De Wet
Posted on 08 Feb 2012

The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa of the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, in collaboration with the Aerospace Industry Support Initiative of the South African Department of Trade and Industry will host this training seminar from 30 January to 10 February 2012.

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Forthcoming book on Hierarchy in International Law: The Place of Human Rights by Erika de Wet and Jure Vimdar (eds)
Prof. de Wet
Posted on 19 Jan 2012

In resolving conflicts between human rights obligations and other areas of international law, the practice of judicial bodies, both domestic and international, is crucial. Judicial practice indicates that norm conflicts typically manifest themselves in situations where human rights obligations are at odds with other international obligations, such as immunities; extradition and refoulement; trade and investment law; and environmental protection. This book sets out and analyses the relevant case law in all of these areas.

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South African Council for Space Affairs acknowledges ICLA course
Elzet Hurter
Posted on 19 Dec 2011

SACSA’s achievements for 2011 include the Air, Space and Telecommunications Law Seminar offered in conjunction with ICLA.

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Research Discussion: Katherine Fallah for 22 November 2011
Wilhelm Preller
Posted on 30 Nov 2011

"Strangers with Knives Between Their Teeth: The Relationship between International Law and Domestic Efforts to Outlaw Mercenary Activity in Africa".


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Research Discussion: Prof Heyns for 16 of November
Wilhelm Preller
Posted on 11 Nov 2011

The discussion will focus on reports to the United Nations:

The use of lethal force during demonstrations.

The use of lethal force during arrest

The safety of journalists

The death penalty

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2011 Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition
Prof Erika de Wet
Posted on 20 Oct 2011

The 2011 Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition was held in Cape Town, South Africa at the beginning of October 2011.

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Faculty celebrates opening of Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA)
Prof Erika de Wet
Posted on 15 Aug 2011

The Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria celebrated the official opening of the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa on 1 and 2 August 2011.

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Research Discussion: The Meaning of 'greatest responsibility'
Prof Charles Jalloh
Posted on 11 Aug 2011

In this paper, Prof Jalloh examined the controversial personal jurisdiction provision in Article 1(1) of the Statute of the Special Court for Sierra Leone giving that tribunal 'the power to prosecute those who bear the greatest responsibility' for serious international and domestic crimes committed during the latter part of the Sierra Leone conflict.

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Governing Board of the African Foundation for International Law visited the ICLA
Erika da Wet
Posted on 12 Jul 2011

On 12 July 2011, several members of the Governing Board of the African Foundation for International Law visited the ICLA.

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Research Disscussion: The Emerging new Constitution in Nepal
Prof Johan van der Vyver
Posted on 15 Jun 2011

On the 7th June 2011 Prof van der Vyver presented his reasearch disscusion at the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa

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LLD positions in Comparative Constitutional Law
Erika de Wet
Posted on 03 Jun 2011

The Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria is offering three part-time, OSISA sponsored scholarships to citizens of SADC countries (excluding South Africa) for doctoral studies in the field of comparative constitutional law

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Prof. De Wet participates in debate on 'Disobeying the Security Council' on EJIL-blog
Prof. De Wet
Posted on 24 May 2011

Prof. De Wet participated in a debate on 'Disobeying the Security Council' on EJIL-blog". View the link below

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A UN model law on Juvenile Justice: A comparative assessment
Dr Ann Skelton, Ms Iyabo Ogunniran and Ms Violet Odala
Posted on 20 Apr 2011

On 18 April 2011 Dr. Anne Skelton, Director of the Centre for Child Law in the University of Pretoria Faculty of Law, presented the outcome of a UN expert meeting in Vienna tasked with commenting on a draft 'Model Law on Juvenile Justice'. The presentation was complemented by comments from Ms Iyabo Ogunniran and Ms Violet Odala, who shared their experience with the juvenile justice systems in Nigeria and Malawi, respectively.

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Reseach Discussion: International Court of Justice: Costa Rica vs Nicaragua
Prof John Dugard
Posted on 15 Mar 2011

Prof John Dugard presented a research discussion on the 11 March 2011 at the Institute regarding the International Court of Justice: Costa Rica vs Nicaragua

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Research Discussion: Prosecuting President Omar Al Bashir in the International Criminal Court
Prof van der Vyver
Posted on 15 Mar 2011

Prof Johan van der Vyver presented a research discussion at the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa on the 15 March 2011 regarding Prosecuting President Omar Al Bashir in the International Criminal Court

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Research Discussion: JUVENILE DELINQUENCY AND PREVENTION: PERSPECTIVES ON CHILD JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION IN NIGERIA
Iyabo Ogunniran
Posted on 07 Mar 2011

Juvenile delinquency and prevention: Perspectives on child justice administration in Nigeria

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Seminar on International air, space and telecommunications law
Prof Stephan Hobe
Posted on 02 Mar 2011

The ICLA in collaboration with the Aerospace Industry Support Initiative of the South African Department of Trade and Industry hosted a seminar on international air, space and telecommunications law.

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Interview with Prof Christof Heyns - UN special rapporteur
Paul Tullis
Posted on 02 Mar 2011

Prof Christof Heyns of the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria in South Africa,
recently began a two-year mandate as the United Nations Special Rapporteur for
Extrajudicial, Summary and Arbitrary Executions covering incidents of murder either by a government or in which a government fails to adequately investigate and prosecute such crimes.

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Public Lecture on Legal Aspects of Space Debris Mitigation
Prof Stephan Hobe
Posted on 28 Feb 2011

Prof. Dr. Stephan Hobe, University of Cologne, Germany, gives Public Lecture on Legal Aspects of Space Debris Mitigation

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