Debating South Africa’s Withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC)

The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn), in association with the Department of Political Sciences, is delighted to invite you to a Roundtable Discussion on

Debating South Africa’s Withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) with Professors Barney Pityana, Henning Melber, Siphamandla Zondi & Dire Tladi

The announced withdrawal of South Africa from the ICC, along with several other African states, has sparked a wide debate on the role and limitations of the Court. It has elicited a renewed focus on global governance institutions, including concerns over the limits and scope of such institutions.

This roundtable discussion assembles four eminent scholars to take stock of the arguments surrounding the status of the ICC and explores possible directions for its future. Discussion will touch on the perceived anti-African bias of the Court, its continued relevance on the continent and possible options for its renewal to strengthen global justice and the rule of law.

Barney Pityana is Professor emeritus of Law at the University of South Africa (Unisa). He is the retired Principal and Vice Chancellor of Unisa (2001-2010). He was member and Chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission (1995-2001), and a member of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (1997-2003). He is an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa.

Henning Melber is Extraordinary Professor at the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria and the Centre for Africa Studies/University of the Free State in Bloemfontein. He is also Director Emeritus and Senior Advisor of the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and Senior Research Associate with The Nordic Africa Institute, Sweden.

Siphamandla Zondi is a Professor at the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria. Until recently, he spent 11 years working at the Institute for Global Dialogue, a prominent international affairs think tank. Before that, he served as a researcher on southern Africa and liberation movements at the Africa Institute of Africa.

Dire Tladi is a Professor of International Law at the University of Pretoria. He is also a Member of UN International Law Commission and Special Advisor to the Minister of International Relations. Her formerly served as Legal Counsellor of the SA Permanent Mission to the UN.

The roundtable will be moderated by GovInn Director, Prof Lorenzo Fioramonti.

Date: Thursday, 08 December 2016
Time: 16:00 – 18:00 (coffee and tea will be served from 15:30)
Venue: GovInn Headquarters, Old College House, University of Pretoria Main Campus (Hatfield)
RSVP essential: https://goo.gl/forms/QeH79BHjHAHOMEig2 by 07 December 2016.

[details for entering the campus will be sent to you before the event]
Queries: neil.kasselman@governanceinnovation.org

The New Politics of Regionalism

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Book Cover: The New Politics of Regionalism

On 14 December, GovInn senior researcher Frank Mattheis will participate in the launch of the book “The New Politics of Regionalisms” at the Centre for Area Studies at the University of Leipzig (Germany). He co-edited book, which was published in October 2016 by Routledge, with Ulf Engel, Heidrun Zinecker, Antje Dietze and Thomas Plötze, and contributed to several chapters in the volume. Jon Schubert, postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Leipzig, will act as discussant for the evening.

Since the end of the Cold War, different forms of territorialization have emerged and we are confronted with an increasing number and variety of actors that are establishing regional projects. How can the study of the emergence and transformation of regionalisms and of different forms of territorialization aid in understanding the dynamics of this post-Cold War world order? This edited volume brings together innovative contributions to the study of this new complexity. It focuses on the role of regional actors, and the making and interplay of regionalisms in the processes of reshaping social spaces within an evolving global order. Analysing these new regionalisms from the perspective of the Global South, the contributions in the volume highlight the struggles that take place between a variety of actors, departing from state-centred perspectives and focusing on the transformations and constructions of regionalisms across varying spatial dimensions.

Organized into three sections, the volume attempts to identify the specific conditions and junctures of different forms of region-making in their external (global) and internal (local /national) dimensions. The volume also places special emphasis on interactions, spatial entanglements and comparisons between regionalisms in different parts of the world. By expanding beyond the perspective of North-South transfers, this book seeks to better understand the dynamics and diversity of interregional interactions. The first section looks at the purposes and logics behind regionalisms beyond their declared objectives, followed by a section on the dynamic relations between regionalisms, going beyond a European Union perspective. The final part looks at the place actors have other than states in the making of regionalisms. Throughout the volume, cases and empirical studies from Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa as well as Southeast Asia and the Southwest Pacific support these sections and challenge established notions of regionalism by going beyond a Eurocentric approach.

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Inaugural Thuli Madonsela Good Governance Public Lecture

GovInn director Lorenzo Fioramonti and senior research fellow Prince Mashele with Adv Madonsela.

GovInn director Lorenzo Fioramonti and senior research fellow Prince Mashele with Adv Madonsela.

The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) and the University of Pretoria are proud to announce the inaugural Thuli Madonsela Good Governance Public Lecture with former Public Protector Adv Thuli Madonsela. An esteemed official who has given her all to the nation deserves appreciation by a grateful public. Given Adv Madonsela’s contribution to strengthening governance at a challenging at time in the history of South Africa, the University of Pretoria through its prestigious Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation has judged it fit to formalize regular remembrances of the good deeds of Adv Madonsela, who has left a positive mark on the face of South African society. Once every year this prestigious lecture will be presented by a shining international or local good governance champion whose work embodies the indomitability of spirit and moral zeal that characterized Adv Madonsela’s tenure as Public Protector. The invite-only event will take place on 1 November and will be broadcast live on PowerFM and ENCA.

Scared of a downgrade? Why it is time to question the politics of numbers

The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) will host GovInn director Lorenzo Fioramonti on the 3rd of November 2016 as part of their HSRC seminar series in collaboration with the University of Pretoria. In this seminar, he provides a critique of the current ‘data fever’, especially in the context of credit ratings and international benchmarks, showing both the direct consequences and indirect implications of the increasing power of numbers. At the same time, it investigates innovative attempts to resist the invasion of mainstream statistics by providing alternative measurements or rejecting quantification altogether. An innovative and timely exposé of the politics, power and contestation of numbers in everyday life.

Kindly RSVP by 1 November 2016

Pretoria : HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail: acgrossberg@hsrc.ac.za

 

EVENT “International Land Deals for Agriculture: Fresh insight from the Land Matrix” 11 October 2016 10.00

Date: Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 with light refreshments served after
Venue: GovInn Headquarters, Old College House, University of Pretoria Main Campus (Hatfield) RSVP essential: https://goo.gl/forms/bOuQV5AgYjcWI8XO2 by 10 October 2016.
Queries: info@governanceinnovation.org

Land Matrix
Around the world, 26.7 million hectares of agricultural land have been transferred into the hands of foreign investors since the year 2000. This means that these investors possess approximately 2 per cent of the arable land worldwide, or roughly the equivalent to the total area covered by United Kingdom and Slovenia together. This finding comes from a new report entitled Land Matrix Analytical Report II: International Land Deals for Agriculture, to be released on 11 October worldwide. The report provides detailed information on who is buying up farmland in which regions of the world and how this land is being used. It also highlights the economic, social, and political impacts of land grabs.

“This report is very relevant considering the recent decision by the International Criminal Court to hold company executives, politicians and other individuals criminally responsible for environmental destruction and land grabbing,” said Wytske Chamberlain, University of Pretoria researcher who will present the report along with Land Matrix coordinator Saliou Niassy.

From 11 October 2016 the report is downloadable from www.landmatrix.org

About the Land Matrix

The Land Matrix is a global and independent initiative that collects data on land acquisitions in low- and middle-income countries. Its goal is to promote transparency and accountability in decisions over land and investment. It is coordinated by a network of international research institutions and organisations.

Land Matrix Invitation 11.11.2016

Land Matrix Project Support Unit:
Saliou Niassy, Coordinator, Email: saliou.niassy@up.ac.za;
Gaia Manco, Communication officer, Email: media@landmatrix.org

“The Future of Democracy in Europe and Africa”

 

 

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The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) invites you to the Rethinking Development  seminar on the topic “The Future of Democracy in Europe and Africa” Presented by Professor Leonardo Morlino.

Leonardo Morlino is Professor of Political Science and Deputy Vice Chancellor at LUISS University, Italy. He’s one of the world’s leading experts of democracy and democratization and was President of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) (2009‐12). He is the author of more than 30 books and more than 200 journal essays and book chapters published in English, French, German, Spanish, Hungarian, Chinese, Mongolian, and Japanese. His most recent books include Changes for Democracy (Oxford UP, 2011). He was also one of the three editors of the International Encyclopedia of Political Science (8 voll., Sage Publications, 2011), which won the Honorable Mention of Darthmouth Medal for reference publishing in all domains of knowledge. Morlino is directing a new research project on the impact of the global economic crisis on democracy.

Date: Monday, 24 October 2016
Time: 17:30‐19:30
Venue: GovInn Headquarters, Old College House, University of Pretoria Main Campus (Hatfield). Building no. 24 on the attached map.
RSVP essential: contact Neil Kasselman (neil.kasselman@governanceinnovation.org) by 20 October 2016.

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Sifting through the hype: The 2016 local elections — analysis and implications

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The Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria will be hosting a panel discussion, “Sifting through the hype: The 2016 local elections — analysis and implications” on Tuesday 13 September 2016 in the Department seminar room (21-16). Speakers include Mr Ebrahim Fakir of the Electoral Institute of South Africa and Ms Sithembile Mbete of UP Department of Political Sciences. They will be joined by the departments Ms Nompumelelo Runji. The seminar begins at 11:30 and for RSVP’s please contact wilma.martin@up.ac.za.

Public seminar: ‘Multilateralism and South African Foreign Policy’, Ambassador Mxolisi Sizo Nkosi, 26 August, 12:00

The Department of Political Sciences and the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) invite you to a public seminar on the topic Multilateralism and South African Foreign Policy presented by Ambassador Mxolisi Sizo Nkosi (Chief Operations Officer, DIRCO; former Ambassador to the European Union).

Invitation

South African foreign policy faces the challenge and opportunity of a rapidly changing African context. The continent is enjoying enhanced international prominence in the 21st century, leading to new multilateral and bilateral relationships with the Global South in particular. This has posed questions about the continued relevance of the Global North on the continent. South Africa stands uniquely poised as a liaison between North and South, with the ability to make a prominent contribution not only to Africa’s place in the world, but to Africa’s ability to help reimagine that world.

Best placed to reflect on these challenges and opportunities is Ambassador Mxolisi Sizo Nkosi.  Ambassador Nkosi, currently the Chief Operations Officer at DIRCO, is an expert in international relations and diplomacy. He returned earlier this year from a four year tenure as South Africa’s Ambassador Extraordinaire to the European Union and Belgium. Prior to that, he held the position of Deputy Director-General responsible for Africa Bilateral relations. He has also served as Chief Director at DIRCO, firstly for North Africa, and later for West and Central Africa. Ambassador Nkosi has travelled extensively in Africa and Europe, and accompanied high-level delegations of former President Thabo Mbeki, President Jacob Zuma, former Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

 

Date:                      Friday 26th August 2016

Venue:                   Merensky Auditorium, Merensky Library, Hatfield Campus, University of Pretoria

Time:                      12h00 to 13h30 followed by light snacks

RSVP:                      https://goo.gl/forms/Gv1zwTGPfA47CKOV2

 

Invitation – “Brexit seminar: Implications for South Africa and the continent”

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John Kotsopoulos

GovInn senior researcher, Dr John Kotsopoulos, is speaking at an event hosted by the Department of Library Services on the implications of the United Kingdom exit from the European Union on South Africa. He will speaking alongside Prof Christi van der Westhuizen and Prof Nicola Viegi of the University of Pretoria.

More information can be found on the library’s website here.

 

Date: Thursday, 4 August 2016

Time: 09:00–11:30

Venue: Auditorium, Level 3, Merensky 2 Library, Hatfield Campus

Seminar: “Armed Conflict into the 21st Century: Trends, Causes, Consequences”, 28 July 2016, 10:30-11:30

On 28 July 2016, the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation, in conjunction with GIGA German Institute for Global and Area Studies, will host a seminar by Professor Timothy Sisk from the University of Denver. The seminar is titled “Armed Conflict into 21st Century: Trends, Causes, Consequences.” The seminar is part of a two day workshop focused on the Legacy of Armed Conflict; Sub-Saharan and Comparative Perspectives.

For more information about the event or the workshop, please the formal invitation below.

 

Date: Thursday, 28 July 2016

Time: 10:30 – 11:30

Venue: Merensky Auditorium,Merensky Library, Hatfield Campus,University of Pretoria

RSVP: http://goo.gl/forms/sUwqlRCXTWxL6gbh1 by 26 July 2016

Queries: info@governanceinnovation.org

 

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