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‘South African Foreign Policy: Identities, intentions, and directions’, 07.07.2017

On 6 July 2017 the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) in collaboration with the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria (UP), the Department of International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) and the South African Institute for International Affairs (SAIIA) hosted a roundtable discussion for the launch of the book “South African Foreign Policy: Identities, intentions, and directions” edited by David R. Black and David J. Hornsby. The book explores South Africa’s post-apartheid foreign policy aiming to deepen the understanding of South Africa’s evolving foreign policy via analysis of its bilateral relationships with key global actors in both the “global south” and “north”. The roundtable featured contributors to the book and Associate Professor Hornsby in attendance and was moderated by UP department of Political Sciences own Ms Sithembile Mbete. A strong contingent of diplomatic corps and ministry staffers filled the venue to capacity despite the University being in winter recess with low student attendance and fruitful discussion ensued preempting refreshments. On behalf of our partners GovInn would like to thank all in attendance for making this book launch a success.

 

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

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

First day of Legacy of Armed Conflicts Workshop: Photos

On 28 July 2016, the Legacy of Armed Conflicts: Sub-Saharan and Comparative Perspectives workshop commenced with the keynote address by Professor Timothy Sisk on trends, causes and consequences of conflict in the 21st Century. Professor Sisk commented on the role of local conflict in the international sphere and the need for increased focus on social cohesion.

After lunch, the participants split into two panels to further discuss the approaches, the trends and current studies in conflicts on the African continent.

See photo’s of the days event below.

Workshop on the EU’s External Environmental Policy

A three-day workshop on the EU’s external environmental policy was held at the University of Pretoria on 2-4 June as part of the GovInn Week 2015.

The EU has long been reported to be a global environmental leader and is party to the major international environmental treaties. However, apart from multi-lateral negotiations, the EU seeks to extend it environmental norms, rules and polices beyond its legal jurisdiction through a surprisingly large array of instruments, including: bilateral trade agreements, strategic partnerships, transnational policy networks, and development cooperation.

This workshop brought together a small group of top international scholars from around the world to explore how, where and to what effect the EU is embarking on new forms of external environmental governance.

 

 

The workshop programme is below:

Programme: The External Dimension of the European Union’s Environmental policy
2-4 June 2015, Graduate Centre,University of Pretoria, South Africa
Monday 1 June Arrival of international participants
Tuesday 2 June: Day One
08:30 – 09.00  Coffee and registration
Session 1
09:00 – 10:45 Opening remarks: Camilla Adelle, GovInn, University of Pretoria (South Africa)
“The external dimension of EU climate and energy policy”
John Vogler, Keele University (UK)
“The EU in international environmental negotiations” Tom Delreux, Institut de Sciences Politiques Louvain (UC Louvain)Read the policy brief adapted from Professor Delreux’s conference paper here.
Chair: Camilla Adelle, GovInn, University of Pretoria (South Africa)
10.45 – 11.15                 Coffee break
Session 2
11.15 – 13.00 The EU’s external governance tool box
“The European External Action Service”Diarmuid Torney, Dublin City University (Ireland) Read the policy brief adapter from Dr Torney’s conference paper here.
“EU climate diplomacy and the challenge of norm entrepreneurship”
Mai’a Davis Cross, Northeastern University (US)
Chair:  Navraj Singh Ghaleigh, University of Edinburgh (UK)
13.00 – 14.00                  Lunch
Session 3
14.00 – 15.45 The EU’s external governance tool box
“Can environmental standards in trade agreements be effective instruments of EU external environmental governance?” Evgeny Postnikov, University of Glasgow (UK) Read the policy brief adapted by Dr Postnikov’s from his conference paper here.
“Market-based instruments to support climate change objectives: Encouraging action on carbon taxes and emissions trading beyond Europe”, Sirini Withana, Konar Mutafoglu and Patrick ten Brink, Institute for European Environmental Policy (Belgium and UK)
“The Salience of EU Climate Law: Inspiration, Diplomacy by Law and ‘Learning by Doing’ in East Asia” Navraj Singh Ghaleigh, University of Edinburgh (UK)
Chair:  Mai’a Davis Cross, Northeastern University, US
15.45 – 16.30                Break
16.30 – 18.30 GovInn Week Keynote lecture: UP Conference Centre

“Poverty with added vitamins? Competing ways to govern the world food system”
Raj Patel, New York Times bestselling author of Stuffed and Starved and The Value of Nothing. Books available for sale.


18.30                             Reception: UP Conference Centre  
                                     (buses back to guest house)

 

08:30 – 09.00                  Coffee
Session 1
9.00 – 10.45 Country perspectives
“Making sense of the EU’s external climate change governance towards its southern neighbours”
Angelos Katsaris, College of Europe (Poland)“Integrating public participation into China’s environmental governance: The EU’s external influence”
Wen Xiang, University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
Chair: Tom Delreux, Institut de Sciences Politiques Louvain (UC Louvain)
10.45 – 11.15     Coffee Break
Session 2
11.15 – 13.00 Country perspectives
“The EU’s role in natural resource use in Africa” Oladiran Bello, South African Institute of International Affairs (South Africa)
“Contributions of the EU to the Construction of Latin American Environmental Governance” Roberto Dominguez, Suffolk University, Boston (USA)Read the policy brief adapted from Professor Dominguez’s conference paper here.
Chair: Sarah Delputte, University of Ghent (Belgium)
13.00 – 14.00                  Lunch
Session 3
14.00 – 15.45 Future Challenges
“The limits of leadership in a cold economic climate: Whither the EU as an environmental normative power?” Charlotte Burns and Paul Tobin, University of York (UK)
“Closing discussion: next steps”
Chair: John Vogler, Keele University (UK)
15.45-16.30                              Break
16.30 – 18.30 GovInn Keynote lecture: UP Conference Centre

“Within or beyond capitalism? Four scenarios for the emerging collaborative economy”

Michel Bauwens, founder of the Peer-To-Peer Foundation and author of Network Society and Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy.
Books available for sale.


18.30 Reception