Book Symposium

Dear PILG attendees – we’d like to draw your attention to a book symposium that will be hosted on the evening of 11 July 2013 at 18:30 that will be presenting two new constitutional law text books to the legal fraternity: The Politics of Principle, by Theunis Roux The Selfless Constitution, by Stu Woolman. It promises to be very enlightening and will be hosted, by Juta, at the Bert Wessels […]

Introducing the Opening Panel: Civil Society and the State – Strategies in public interest work and how voices are heard

PILG 2013 would like to invite all participants to attend our opening panel which will be hosted from 08h30 to 10h15 on Thursday, 11 June 2013. Our esteemed panel (all there biographies can be viewed here) are: Adam Habib, Vice Chancellor, University of the Witwatersrand Bandile Mdlalose, General Secretary, Abahlali baseMjondolo (the South African shack-dwellers’ movement) Fazila Farouk, Executive Director, SACSIS (South African Civil Society Information Service) Chair: Jackie Dugard, […]

10 July Programme: Asylum in South Africa

Lawyers for Human Rights will be hosting a special side seminar on 10 July 2013 at PILG on the future of Asylum in South Africa.The full day seminar, made up of several different programme items, promises to be an enlightening discussion into South African asylum and refugee laws. A fascinating photo exhibition, and discussion on statelessness, will be hosted at lunch. We would encourage anyone he has an interest in […]

Inviting all NGO’s: The NGO Marketplace

The Public Interest Law Gathering (PILG) will take place on 11 and 12 July at Wits Law School. You are invited to take part in the NGO Marketplace which will be held from 12:45 and 13:30 on Friday, 12 July in the WLS Chalsty Centre Seminar Room The Marketplace will provide an excellent opportunity for participating NGOs to showcase their work and distribute information to the participants of the PILG. […]


Dear Fans of PILG – why not have a look over at our Speaker Biographies to some of the great speakers who will be present at the event? The list is growing fast! It is worth noting that over the three days there will be great opportunities for networking with your fellow attendees and speakers, and the speaker biographies will give you an introduction to the calibre of people that […]

PILG 2012 a great success!

PILG 2012 was successfully held on 11-13 July 2012. We boasted significantly higher attendance than 2011 and a notable quality of panels and speakers. Best of all – its not over yet. PILG 2012 will form the bases for discussions on PILG 2013 to be held around the same time next year. A sincere thank you to the PILG Committee, as well as all our fantastic panellists and speakers, our participants and our students, […]

Wits Justice Project Event

The Wits Justice Project will be hosting a panel this afternoon on how a non-legal NGO uses advocacy and partnerships to assist remand detainees unable to access legal services. They will also very generously be hosting a small networking event after the talk, at aground 17h15, in the Chalsty Cenre foyer. Come celebrate the end of a long week, and a fantastic PILG2012!

PILG 2012 underway!

PILG has kicked off with a bang, after a terrific plenary session with Justice Kriegler, Siphiwe Segodi and Professor Stu Woolman. It in

Plenary Announced: A critical evaluation of the SATAWU judgment

PILG 2012 is delighted to announce that our plenary session will be a critical debate exploring a current public interest law case from the perspectives of a variety of affected and interested persons to explore the decision’s relevance to the public interest law community in South Africa. The Public Interest Law Gathering 2012 will address the decision handed down in the Constitutional Court in South African Transport and Allied Workers […]

Students and the legal profession: what is the future looking like?

A new story is creating a stir in social media, as a result of the Law Society issuing a statement that they are considering revamping the current four-year LLB degree to be replaced by a postgraduate degree. They are considering this as there are opinions circulating that the four-year LLB does not properly equip law students, with Nic Swart of the Law Society stating: “We often find the students have […]