Media Report on Keynote by Judge Jody Kollapen

http://www.wits.ac.za/newsroom/newsitems/201407/24183/news_item_24183.html The keynote address of the Public Interest Law Gathering at Wits University on Thursday, 24 July 2014 was delivered by Judge Jody Kollapen of the North Gauteng High Court. It was titled: “How, and to what extent, has public interest litigation unlocked the promise of the Constitution?” Kollapen highlighted four areas in which public interest law work has made a significant contribution, including ensuring the lawful exercise of power, […]

Swazi Statement made at PILG 2014

JOINT STATEMENT BY CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS 25 JULY 2014 Civil Society Organisations Condemn Unreasonable Sentence of Prominent Swaziland Activists The undersigned organisations, meeting at the Public Interest Law Gathering in Johannesburg, condemn the conviction and unreasonable sentence handed down by Judge Mpendulo Simelane in the Mbabane High Court in Swaziland. Last week, Judge Simelane found human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko and magazine editor Bheki Makhubu guilty of contempt of court […]

Text of Justice Cameron’s Speech at PILG 2014 available on website

Justice Cameron delivered a speech at a Birthday Party Reception in the evening of July 24, 2014. Please go to the website at http://www.publicinterestlawgathering.com/justice-cameron-speech-pilg-2014-24-july/

Livestreaming available for PILG 2014

All the PILG 2014 sessions being held in the Chalsty Auditorium are being livestreamed. To view, go to http://streaming.wits.ac.za/live  

A Thank You to Our Sponsor(s)

A Big THANK YOU to our sponsors for PILG 2014: The Bertha Foundation The Open Society Foundation South Africa The South African Human Rights Commission

First Day Details: PILG 24 July 2014

*Participants are urged to get to the Wits campus early *We will post suggestions re: where to find parking — be aware that the students will be in session *Registration: Thursday, 24 July from 8:00 to 9:00, Chalsty Centre, Wits Law School, West Campus *Start Time: 9:00 am SHARP!

LHR to host seminar on refugee protection, 23 July 2014

As part of Public Interest Law Gathering 2014, Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) will host a day-long seminar on the state of refugee protection in South Africa. Panel discussions will focus on the refugee status determination system, labour rights, the special dispensation for Zimbabweans and the protection challenges caused by the on-going xenophobic attacks on refugee traders. The main aim of the workshop is to bring together civil society organizations, […]

Registration for PILG 2014 Is Open!

Registration for PILG 2014 is now open. Please fill in the form pasted below to register or visit the PILG website (publicinterestlawgathering.wordpress.com) and click on Registration 2014! [googleapps domain=”docs” dir=”forms/d/14yJMqdM_7hbevhDj_eXVhFzbFdrArQT5p74vl-hbryI/viewform” query=”embedded=true” width=”760″ height=”500″ /]

Proposed List of Panels for PILG 2014

15 Proposed Panel Topics for PILG 2014 Policing and Protest post-Marikana Using Budget Analysis for Strategic Litigation to Advance Human Rights What does the Increasing Contempt of Court Orders Mean for the Rule of Law? Chapter 9 Institutions Commissions of Inquiry: A Critical Review The Impact of Gender on the Realisation of the Rights to Health Care and Education Litigation on Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Rights: A Regional Perspective Litigation […]

Preliminary Info about PILG 2014, 24-25 July 2014

For the Fourth Annual Public Interest Law Gathering (PILG) July 24 – 25, 2014 Venue: University of the Witwatersrand, School of Law Some of the topics to be explored will include: *Policing and Protest in a Post-Marikana Era *Chapter Nine Institutions: Teeth or Toothless? *Court Orders, Enforcement and Contempt: A Growing Problem? *Cost Recovery for Pro Bono Litigation *Government Established Commissions of Inquiry More Details to Follow! *PILG 2014 is […]