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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.
SAIFAC Conferences
SAIFAC had a number of exciting conferences and seminars during 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​

Coming up in 2014...


Conference on "Political Rights Since 1994: South African and Comparative Perspectives" 

The elections in 2014 will signal 20 years of constitutional democracy in South Africa. To stimulate further academic research on political rights in South Africa, and to commemorate 20 years of democracy, the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC), a Centre of the University of Johannesburg, is excited to a announce a conference on ‘Political Rights Since 1994: South African and Comparative Perspectives’.  The conference is scheduled for 29 May 2014. 
Questions that will be addressed in the conference include:
  • Is democracy merely casting a ballot or do citizens have participation rights between elections?
  • How should elements of representative and participatory democracy be balanced?
  • To what extent must political parties themselves be organised in a democratic manner?
  • Should there be restrictions on political party funding?
  • How should we conceptualize citizenship in South Africa and abroad?  Should citizens living abroad and permanent residents be entitled to vote?  


Date: 29 May 2014
Venue: Constitutional Court auditorium, Constitutional Hill, Johannesburg


Download the programme here...


For more info on upcoming conferences and seminars click here...

New Researchers
SAIFAC welcomed two new researchers at the beginning of 2013, Ngwako Raboshakga and Michael Dafel.
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