The South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC) is a centre of the University of Johannesburg and a leading research centre in South Africa producing advanced research in its focus areas. SAIFAC’s vision is to be an internationally recognized centre of research excellence in its key focus areas of constitutional, human rights, public and international law.
SAIFAC’s mission is to produce advanced research in its focus areas, to foster collaboration and engagement between academics and members of the legal community across South Africa and internationally, and to advance constitutionalism, human rights and the rule of law in Southern Africa.
Prof David Bilchitz, Director of SAIFAC (Faculty of Law, University of Johannesburg) announced the publication of a book that was jointly edited with Prof Surya Deva (Faculty of Law, City University of Hong Kong) titled 'Human Rights Obligations of Business: Beyond the Corporate Responsibility to Respect?' published by Cambridge University Press in November 2013. The book is to be launched at the UN Library in Geneva on the 2nd of December 2013.
In recent years since 2008, the UN Human Rights Council has approved the 'Respect, Protect, and Remedy' Framework and endorsed the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. These developments have been welcomed widely, but do they adequately address the challenges concerning the human rights obligations of business?
This volume of essays engages critically with these important recent developments. The chapters revolve around four key issues: the process and methodology adopted in arriving at these documents; the source and justification of corporate human rights obligations; the nature and extent of such obligations; and the implementation and enforcement thereof. Alongside highlighting several of the critical deficits in these UN documents, the contributing authors also outline a vision for the twenty-first century in which companies have obligations to society that go beyond the responsibility to respect human rights.
If you would like to acquire the volume, there is currently a promotion until end December 2013 whereby you can receive a 20 percent discount on the ordinary price (85 GBP) - if you would like a discount flyer, please be in touch with Dolores Joseph at firstname.lastname@example.org
SAIFAC had a number of exciting conferences and seminars during the second half of 2013:
- Constitutional Court Review conference 11-12 July 2013
- Egalitarian Liberalism and its Possible Futures in South Africa 03-04 October 2013
- The Legacy of the International Criminal Tribunal of Rwanda 31 October – 1 November 2013
- Tax Justice and Human Rights 21 November 2013
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Introducing Birgitta Wahlberg, visiting research associate...
SAIFAC is excited to announce that Birgitta Wahlberg of the Abo Akademi University in Finland will be joining the SAIFAC team for six months. During her time at SAIFAC, Birgitta will do post-doctoral research concerning non-human animal’s legal status in different legal systems. Her doctoral thesis focused on the legislation and supervision of the welfare of farmed animals. As a continuation to that research, she will also write a textbook about the Finnish legislation and the EU-laws concerning non-human animals during her visit. She is looking forward to the collaboration and shared discussions about the themes of SAIFAC. Birgitta will leave SAIFAC at the end of July 2013.
SAIFAC welcomed two new researchers at the beginning of 2013, Ngwako Raboshakga and Michael Dafel.