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INVITATION: Colloquium and Book Launch

The Dullah Omar Institute invites you to a colloquium and book launch on Monday, 16 May 2016 (15h00-18h00) at the Kader Asmal Moot Court, Faculty of Law, University of the Western Cape.

May 03, 2016

DOI participates at a conference on governance transitions

The Dullah Omar Institute’s Doctoral Candidate, Shehaam Johnstone presented at the 15th International Winelands Conference (during 31 March and 1 April 2016), hosted by the University of Stellenbosch.

Apr 01, 2016

Kenya-South Africa Dialogue on Devolution book launched

The book Kenya-South Africa Dialogue on Devolution, edited by Professors Nico Steytler and Yash Pal Ghai, was launched on 23 March 2016 at the Katiba Institute, Nairobi, Kenya. The 500 page volume brought together nine South African authors with nine Kenyan counterparts to examine the various aspect of devolution in both countries. The value of the publication lies in how the experience of 20 years of devolution in South Africa can assist in the development of devolution in Kenya, seen in the light that the Kenyan Constitution liberally borrowed from the South African Constitution.

Apr 01, 2016

Workshop on Somalia federalism

Professor Nico Steytler, the SARChI Chair in Multi-level Government, Law and Policy, was one of the key experts, presenting a 4 day training workshop, organised by the Ministry of Interior and Federal Affairs of the Federal Government of Somalia and the Forum of Federations, in Nairobi, Kenya, 21 to 24 March 2016.

Apr 01, 2016

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Punished for being poor in Africa

Every year thousands of people in Africa are arrested and detained in Africa for pettyoffences, many dating back to colonial times such as being ‘a rogue and vagabond’. Poor people bear the brunt of the enforcement of these laws. This is a call for the removal of such laws and their discriminatory enforcement.


Children's Rights | Civil Society Prison Reform Initiative | Multi Level government initiative
Women and Democracy Initiative | Socio Economic Rights | SA Research Chair