UP Faculty of Law participating in two global projects of Oxford University Press
Posted on 12 August 2010
The Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria is proud to announce that its newly established Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (IICA), will in future oversee the African reporting for the Oxford Constitutions Online project
(http://www.oup.com/online/oxfordconstitutions/). The project currently provides access to 188 country constitutions with extensive expert commentary in the English language from leading scholars worldwide, including regular updates. It is published by Oxford University Press under the general editorship of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Rüdiger Wolfrum, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (MPI), Heidelberg, Germany and Prof. Dr. Rainer Grote, LL.M., Senior Research Fellow at the MPI.
By engaging in this ambitious project, the UP Faculty of law will further strengthen its ties with Oxford University Press, a leading publisher in international and comparative law. The Centre for Human Rights at the UP Faculty has been involved in the Oxford Reports on International Law since 2005. It coordinates the African reporting for two pillars of this online data basis, namely the Oxford Reports on International Law in Domestic Courts and the Oxford Reports on International Human Rights Law (http://www.oxfordlawreports.com/). Whereas the former makes available annotated case law from almost 100 domestic jurisdictions around the world, the latter provides annotated decisions from international human rights bodies.
As of August 2010, the ICCA will coordinate the African country reports within this global project. It will systematically expand coverage with the ambitious aim of providing high quality country reports for all African countries by December 2013. Simultaneously, existing country reports will be updated to cover new developments in the area of constitutional law across the continent. In order to achieve this goal, the ICCA will collaborate closely with constitutional experts across the continent and beyond, including those based at the UP Faculty of Law’s eight partner institutions in Africa. In this manner it will be ensured that the country reports are drafted with sufficient consideration of the diverse legal, geographical and linguistic traditions on the African continent.