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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.
Upcoming SAIFAC Conferences
The ‘New’ Separation of Powers: Can the doctrine evolve to meet the 21st Century context?

The doctrine of the separation of powers has undergone significant changes in recent years. In particular, the role of courts has been evolving with the weakness of political institutions, the inclusion of socio-economic rights in modern constitutions and the development of a range of independent institutions such as human rights commissions and public protectors. Whilst the doctrine has undergone some shift in the Global North, arguably, however, it requires some significant re-conceptualisation in the countries of the Global South. The South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (a Centre of the University of Johannesburg) with the support of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung is proud to be hosting a conference that will seek to engage with how the separation of powers should be conceived in the 21st Century, with a particular emphasis on the Global South. The conference will be an official round-table of the International Association of Constitutional Law. Speakers include top constitutionalists in the world: Prof Vicki Jackson (Harvard University), Prof Manuel Cepeda (University De Los Andes and formerly Constitutional Court of Colombia), Prof Adrienne Stone (University of Melbourne), Prof Mahendra Singh (National Law University, Delhi), Prof Virgilio Alfonso Da Silva (University of Sao Paolo, Brazil) and many others.
Dates and Times:
28 May (09h00 – 17h30);
29 May (09h00 – 13h15)

28 May (Constitutional Court Auditorium, Constitution Hill, Braamfontein);

29 May (Council Chamber, Madibeng Building, Auckland Park Campus, University of Johannesburg)

RSVP: Morgan Buntting at (places are limited)

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