HYBRID EVENT: The application of ubuntu in law, mediation and social change [21 September 2022]

The Dullah Omar Institute, in collaboration with Let’s Collaborate, and Street Law UWC, is inviting you to a lecture and panel discussion on Moving from the Era of Separation to the Ubuntu Era/Era of Togetherness.
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  • When 21 Sep, 2022 from 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM (Africa/Johannesburg / UTC200)
  • Where Kader Asmal Moot Court, Faculty of Law, University of the Western Cape | Zoom
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Eric Sirotkin, U.S. based internationally renowned human rights lawyer, founder of the Ubuntuworks Project, and former chair of the International Monitoring Project of the South Africa Truth and Reconciliation Commission will present a keynote address on the global move from separation to a new era of Ubuntu. Eric’s book, Witness: A Lawyers Journey from Litigation to Liberation, and his address draws upon his work as a lawyer activist in South Africa, North Korea and the Navajo Peacemaker courts, and lays the foundation for the power of nonviolent advocacy. How do we move beyond good and evil or us and them? The role of healing, examining our attitude toward conflict, awakening consciousness and the power of listening on a deep level to opponents and different cultures may hold the key.

The talk will be followed by a panel of South African and U.S. lawyers and activists, including Mr. Philip J. Daunt (attorney, mediator, life coach), Dr. S Beukes (human rights lawyer and social justice activist), and Prof Karin van Marle (Department of Public and Jurisprudence, University of the Western Cape). They will explore the practical application of ubuntu principles to the law, mediation, and social change.

The event will be moderated by Ms Precious Matamela (co-founder of Let's Collaborate) and introduced by Prof Jaap de Visser (Director: Dullah Omar Institute). Ms Laura Carelse (Chair of Street Law) will close the session with a vote of thanks.


Date: 21 September 2022  

Time: 12:00 pm - 14:00 pm (SAST)

Venue: Kader Asmal Moot Court, Faculty of Law, University of the Western Cape

Virtual Attendance: Zoom meeting


Please note limited seats are available. Only RSVP if you are sure you will attend the event. Last-minute cancellations jeopardise the reputation of the event and also have cost implications.

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Please RSVP by 16 September 2022 should you choose to attend in person. 



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