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CANCELLED: Dean Penny Andrews at Osgoode on New Strategies for Pursuing Women's Human Rights

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Please note that flight cancellations have led to this talk being cancelled.  With apologies to all who were hoping to attend today.

 

 

Dean Penelope Andrews (Albany) will be at Osgoode Monday February 3, 2014,  and will speak from her latest book, From Capetown to Kabul: Rethinking Strategies for Pursuing Women’s Human Rights (Ashgate) 1230-230 in room 2027.  Please RSVP to Lielle Gonsalves, lgonsalves@osgoode.yorku.ca

The author examines and compares gender inequality in societies undergoing political, economic and legal transformation, and looks at two countries – South Africa and Afghanistan – in particular. These two societies serve as counterpoints through which the book engages, in a nuanced and novel way, with the many broader issues that flow from the attempts in newly democratic societies to give effect to the promise of gender equality. Developing the idea of ‘conditional interdependence’, the book suggests a new approach based on the communitarian values which underpin newly democratic societies and would allow women’s rights to gain momentum and reap greater benefits. [from the publisher]

Ruthann Robson reviewed the book for Jotwell, here.

More about Dean Andrews from the Albany website, here:

Dean Andrews, who was born and raised in South Africa, has extensive international experience, including teaching at law schools in Germany, Australia, Holland, Scotland, Canada and South Africa. An annual award in her name—The Penelope E. Andrews Human Rights Award—was inaugurated in 2005 at the South African law school of University of KwaZulu-Natal. Along with numerous other awards, she holds a “Women of South Africa Achievement Award,” as well as Albany Law’s Kate Stoneman Award, which she received in 2002.

In 2005 she was a finalist for a vacancy on the Constitutional Court of South Africa, the highest court in South Africa on constitutional matters. She has consulted for the United Nations Development Fund for Women, and for the Ford Foundation in Johannesburg, where she evaluated labor law programs. She earned her B.A. and LL.B from the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa, and her LL.M from Columbia University School of Law, New York.

She has published extensively on topics centered on gender and racial equality, South African legal issues, Australian legal issues, and international justice.

Dean Andrews will also be speaking to Professor Dayna Scott’s International Environmental Law class on Monday afternoon on the right to water in South African (constitutional) law.

 

Dean Penny Andrews at Osgoode: on New Strategies for Pursuing Women's Human Rights

Feb3PAPosterDean Penelope Andrews (Albany) will be at Osgoode Monday February 3, 2014,  and will speak from her latest book, From Capetown to Kabul: Rethinking Strategies for Pursuing Women’s Human Rights (Ashgate) 1230-230 in room 2027.  Please RSVP to Lielle Gonsalves, lgonsalves@osgoode.yorku.ca

The author examines and compares gender inequality in societies undergoing political, economic and legal transformation, and looks at two countries – South Africa and Afghanistan – in particular. These two societies serve as counterpoints through which the book engages, in a nuanced and novel way, with the many broader issues that flow from the attempts in newly democratic societies to give effect to the promise of gender equality. Developing the idea of ‘conditional interdependence’, the book suggests a new approach based on the communitarian values which underpin newly democratic societies and would allow women’s rights to gain momentum and reap greater benefits. [from the publisher]

Ruthann Robson reviewed the book for Jotwell, here.

More about Dean Andrews from the Albany website, here:

Dean Andrews, who was born and raised in South Africa, has extensive international experience, including teaching at law schools in Germany, Australia, Holland, Scotland, Canada and South Africa. An annual award in her name—The Penelope E. Andrews Human Rights Award—was inaugurated in 2005 at the South African law school of University of KwaZulu-Natal. Along with numerous other awards, she holds a “Women of South Africa Achievement Award,” as well as Albany Law’s Kate Stoneman Award, which she received in 2002.

In 2005 she was a finalist for a vacancy on the Constitutional Court of South Africa, the highest court in South Africa on constitutional matters. She has consulted for the United Nations Development Fund for Women, and for the Ford Foundation in Johannesburg, where she evaluated labor law programs. She earned her B.A. and LL.B from the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa, and her LL.M from Columbia University School of Law, New York.

She has published extensively on topics centered on gender and racial equality, South African legal issues, Australian legal issues, and international justice.

Dean Andrews will also be speaking to Professor Dayna Scott’s International Environmental Law class on Monday afternoon on the right to water in South African (constitutional) law.

 

October 23 IFLS welcomes Profs. Young & Chenwi on Housing Rights/Gendered Contexts

poster for event. all information available in text of postHousing Rights in Gendered Context
with Lilian Chenwi (Wits) & Margot Young (UBC)
Wed Oct 23    1230 to 2 2027 Osgoode
Light refreshments
RSVP to Lielle Gonsalves lgonsalves@osgoode.yorku.ca

 

Join us to hear these activist/legal/academics discuss their work on gender & the right to housing, Professor Young’s with the Housing Justice Project in Vancouver (@justhousingyvr)  and Professor   Chenwi’s on poor women’s access to housing in South Africa.   More about Professor Chenwi in the Mail & Guardians 200 Young South Africans 2013 feature, here, or here from the fabulous Oxford Human Rights Hub site.

The vancouver based housing justice project includes the Housing Matters Media Project.  See more here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGJX4tgGI4o

 

 

via Constitutional Law Prof Blog: Opposing Justice Mogoeng's Nomination as CJ of the SA CC

Over at Constitutional Law Prof Blog, CUNY School of Law Professor Ruthann Robson discusses the history behind the opposition to Mogoeng Mogoeng’s likely appointment as the Chief Justice of South Africa’s Constitutional Court.  It is mainly based on his judgments in cases of gender violence and sexual orientation.  Have a read, it’s very interesting and certainly an issue to follow – Robson offers a number of links to background material and places which might cover Mogoeng’s upcoming interview by the South African Judicial Service Commission.

South African Constitutional Court: Justice Mogoeng’s Nomination and Opposition.

 

 

 

Video break: Courting Justice in SAfrica (thanks to FeministLawProfessors.com)

Link to Christine Corcos’s Feminist Law Professors post on this issue.   Her original post also offers an SSRN link to a paper reviewing Courting Justice, entitled Gender and the Judiciary in South Africa: A Review of the Documentary Film Courting Justice. Thank you Christine for pointing me to this deeply interesting film about South Africa, race, gender, and judging.

More on the film from Women Make Movies.

Courting Justice takes viewers behind the gowns and gavels to reveal the women who make up 18 percent of South Africa’s male-dominated judiciary. Hailing from diverse backgrounds and entrusted with enormous responsibilities, these pioneering women share with candor, and unexpected humor, accounts of their country’s transformation since apartheid, and the evolving demands of balancing their courts, country, and families.

Here is a link to a South African newspaper piece on the film.

Johannesburg Judge Mathilde Masipa believes that the changing profile of the Bench is increasing the legitimacy of the court. “In the past, people would stay away from the court and rather sort things out themselves. Now they see black people and women on the Bench and they say maybe, if you want justice, the high court is where you go.”