Successful collaborating: side meetings

PILG 2011 provided participants with an opportunity to share ideas and coordinate efforts. For instance, a well participated side meeting was held by Lawyers for Human Rights that resulted in much discussion. Documents relevant to that discussion have just been uploaded on the blog, and can be viewed here. In discussions on reforming legal education, a decision was made to create a sister site to share ideas and experiences of […]

PILG 2012: Upwards and Onwards!

As the new year begins, plans are already underway for PILG 2012. As a precursor to our future activities, we have added some of the presentations from the 2011 conference for viewing on the Resources Page. There are some photos that can be viewed of the event in the Gallery. Currently, a sister site is also being designed as a result of the varied and energetic discussions that arose at PILG […]

What a weekend!

As PILG 2011 winds down, we must commend the incredible quality of speakers, but also the enthusiasm and significant level of quality engagement coming from the attendees as well. Updates will be posted soon when the papers and presentations are uploaded for everybody’s reference.


PILG is is ready and set for this weekend and, as apparent from the speaker bios, will have an impressive programme of informative panels! Tomorrow will see a small gathering of invidual groupings for side meetings, but the main events from Friday will see a sound crowd of people. We look froward to seeing you all there!

Review of Constitutional Court decisions?

A key topic for conversation at PILG this year will be around transformation of the legal system. Interestingly, in a statement released on 23 November, Cabinet proclaimed that a key strategic decision moving forward is an assessment of the transformation of the judicial system and the role of the judiciary in a developmental state. The assessment includes a “view to promoting interdependence and interface that is necessary to realize transformation […]

Occupy Wall Street: SA simpatico

As of yesterday, the New York state police began forcibly evicting “Occupy Wall Street” protesters from Zucotti park, as well as several clearings having been initiated in Atlanta and Oakland as well. This has raised many questions from critics in those countries as to the role of the police in breaking up protests and the utilisation of excessive force; a question which is particularly topical here in South Africa in […]

An example of pro bono best practice

While reflecting on the objective of the Gathering to on one level facilitate collaboration between civil society and private firms, I was introduced to a firm that provides a strong best practice example of private firms with a strong pro bono ethic – the international firm, Mayer Brown. Whilst in no way advancing international firms ahead of South African firms in regard to pro bono commitments, I thought that the […]

Accommodation: student-style

As you can see on the updated logistics page, we have included details of the low-cost accommodation we have arranged for interested participants. Student-style residences would bring back fond memories for some us, I’m sure. After all, when in Rome…

Programme Updated!

We have now finalised our Programme and participants – if you have submitted an abstract, you should be hearing from us in the next few hours to confirm. I am actually very excited about the way the programme has developed – there has been a lot more external interest than originally imagined for our first year and, vitally, there is a good number of young legal thinkers submitting papers. The […]