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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 Submissions on the Gender-Based Violence Amendment Bills

SAIFAC Submissions on the Draft Constitution Eighteen Amendment Bill


Call for papers

Legal Evolution and the New Rights Revolution: Expanding the Sphere of Protection to Animals and the Environment

3 - 4 December 2020, Johannesburg

Activists and lawyers are increasingly recognizing that there is a connection between cruelty to animals and the violation of human rights. Studies have demonstrated the link between domestic violence and animal abuse; specialists in the right to food (including the FAO) have drawn a link between food insecurity and the mass production of meat; and the slaughter industry itself is now recognized as one of the most dangerous industries in which to work. The well-being of animals, therefore, is not extraneous to human rights; it is inextricably intertwined with the pursuit of social justice for humans. 

Against this backdrop, SAIFAC in partnership with Animal Law Reform South Africa (ALRSA) will be hosting a Conference which aims to focus on the expansion of rights and law beyond the human sphere. We are pleased to release the Concept Note and Call for Papers on the upcoming conference and look forward to receiving abstracts by Monday 20 April 2020.

Call for Papers.pdf

International Law and Justice for Victims of the Gross Human Rights Violation of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

28 – 29 November 2019, University of Johannesburg

The central question of the conference is whether the international legal framework currently adequately addresses sexual and gender-based violence by achieving justice for its countless victims. The focus of the conference will be on the achievement of justice for victims based on three main themes, namely accountability (individual criminal prosecution and state responsibility); reparation for victims; and the positive role that international law can play in addressing the culture of denial and social stigma attached to these violations, and in restoring the dignity of its victims.

The conference is co-organised and supported by: SAIFAC (the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law), a Centre of the University of Johannesburg; SARCIL (the South African Research Chair in International Law); and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung – Rule of Law Program for Sub Saharan Africa.



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