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  • South African Constitutional Court clarifies law on liability of police for unlawful detention after court appearance
    The Constitutional Court on 14 May 2021 overturned a judgement of the Supreme Co ... The Constitutional Court on 14 May 2021 overturned a judgement of the Supreme Court of Appeal, which had limited the Minister of Police's liability for unlawful detention to the point at which they could have applied for bail. The judgement is important for the evolving jurisprudence on liability for lawful detention on the continent.
    May 18, 2021
  • African Court declares vagrancy offences are incompatible with the African Charter and other key regional human rights instruments.
    On 4 December 2020, the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights unanimously ... On 4 December 2020, the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights unanimously held that vagrancy laws and related by-laws are incompatible with the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and the Maputo Protocol on the Rights of Women.
    Dec 07, 2020
  • South Africa's High Court orders state to ensure police and soldiers act within the law under Disaster Management Act regulations
    On 10 April 2020, Mr Collins Khosa was brutalised, tortured and murdered in his ... On 10 April 2020, Mr Collins Khosa was brutalised, tortured and murdered in his own home by security forces deployed to enforce South Africa's Disaster Management Act ("lockdown") regulations. The family of Mr Khosa brought an application to court to attempt to ensure such brutality does not happen again. The court ordered the Minister and various agencies of state to take a range of preventative measures. The state was ordered to pay costs.
    May 15, 2020
  • ACJR Publications
  • Op-ed: Inadequate and violent policing in KwaZulu-Natal: What's behind it?
    KwaZulu-Natal has long suffered from inadequate, corrupt and violent policing. R ... KwaZulu-Natal has long suffered from inadequate, corrupt and violent policing. Recent events have simply made it more obvious. The problem of policing in the province dates from before the transition to democracy. Policing is a national function - in South Africa is in crisis and in KwaZulu-Natal the crisis is magnified, writes Jean Redpath.
    Jul 26, 2021
  • ACJR Submission on the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services Draft Bill | 23 October 2020
    This is a Submission by ACJR on the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Servi ... This is a Submission by ACJR on the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services Draft Bill
    Jul 09, 2021
  • Submission on ‘The Contribution of SOE's to Vision 2030: case studies of Eskom, Transnet and PRASA’ | 30 June 2020
    Submission by the Dullah Omar Institute at the University of the Western Cape on ... Submission by the Dullah Omar Institute at the University of the Western Cape on ‘The Contribution of SOE's to Vision 2030: case studies of Eskom, Transnet and PRASA’, 30 June 2020
    Jul 08, 2021
  • ACJR Submission to the City of Cape Town on the draft Streets
    ACJR Submission to the City of Cape Town on the draft Streets, Public Places and ... ACJR Submission to the City of Cape Town on the draft Streets, Public Places and the Prevention of Public Noise Nuisances Amendment By‐law, 2021
    Jul 07, 2021
  • ACJR Submission to the Constitutional Review Committee
    Submission by Africa Criminal Justice Reform (ACJR) to the Constitutional Review ... Submission by Africa Criminal Justice Reform (ACJR) to the Constitutional Review Committee | June 2021
    Jul 07, 2021
  • Op-ed: COVID-19: Prisons, overcrowding and preventing transmission
    Jul 07, 2021
  • Events
  • Julius Osega Memorial Lecture 2021
    16 July 2021: The Dullah Omar Institute for Constitutional Law, Governance and H ... 16 July 2021: The Dullah Omar Institute for Constitutional Law, Governance and Human Rights, University of the Western Cape, and the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, cordially invite you to the Julius Osega Memorial Lecture 2021:
    Jul 07, 2021
  • The one-year ‘unwanted anniversary’ of COVID-19 restrictions: Reviewing the 2020 lockdown
    26 March 2021: This webinar reviews the imposition of a “hard” lockdown on 2 ... 26 March 2021: This webinar reviews the imposition of a “hard” lockdown on 26 March 2020 by the South African government. It forms part of a series on the "unwanted anniversary" from the various units of the Dullah Omar Institute. This webinar focuses on the balancing of rights and the use of the criminal justice system in imposing restrictions in South Africa.
    Mar 19, 2021
  • Review of the 2019/20 Annual Report of South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)
    17 March 2021: This webinar will review the 2019/2020 Annual Report of the Natio ... 17 March 2021: This webinar will review the 2019/2020 Annual Report of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).
    Mar 10, 2021
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