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  • Africa and withdrawal from the ICC

    October 28, 2016

    Currently, 124 countries have ratified the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. But the USA, China and the Russian Federation for example have not. 139 States have signed the Rome Statute. Of those states, 34 are African states (comprising 30 percent of the court’s membership), 28 States are Latin American and Caribbean States, 19 are Asia-Pacific States, 18 are Eastern European states and 25 are from Western Europe and other States. In the past few days three African countries have announced that they intend to withdraw from the ICC. On October 18, 2016, Pierre Nkurunziza, the President of Burundi signed legislation on withdrawal from the ICC.

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  • Xenophobia in South Africa: The Asylum Seeker ‘Hotspot’ of the Global South

    May 15, 2015

    For as long as humans have existed they have migrated, spreading goods, cultures and ideas across the globe. But it has become clear today that this human movement also has negative consequences for migrants en route (such as the boat people at the Mediterranean Sea) and in their destination countries. In this blog I will only talk about violence against foreign nationals (regardless of their status) in destination countries with a special focus on South Africa.

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  • Embassy Centennial Book Donation Project: Israel and South-Africa

    Embassy Centennial Book Donation Project: Israel and South-Africa

    January 31, 2014

    Our special Embassy Centennial Book Donation Project continues into the new year! This month, The Embassies of Israel and South-Africa have generously donated many books to help us expand our National Law Collections. Find out what publications are now part of the Library Collection.

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  • Legal Database: JUTA Law Online

    Legal Database: JUTA Law Online

    December 24, 2013

    Juta Law is a renowned publisher of legal content from the African continent and is committed to “unlocking” the wealth of legal knowledge for a diversity of users. Together with the bulk of South Africa’s Law Report series are writings by over 300 authors and contributors from academia, the judiciary and private practice that are now published in electronic form.

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  • Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

    Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

    December 6, 2013

    Former South African President Nelson Mandela (Madiba) passed away on Thursday December 5, 2013, at age of 95, after a long illness at his home in Johannesburg. “I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for, and to see realised. But my Lord, if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

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  • Hendrik J. Lubbe

    Library User in the Spotlight: Dr. Hendrik J. Lubbe

    November 6, 2012

    This month, we turn the spotlight on Dr. Hendrik J. Lubbe, currently a senior lecturer at the Law Faculty of the North-West University, Potchefstroom in South-Africa. Dr. Lubbe succesfully defended his dissertation titled Successive and Additional measures to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Amnesty Scheme in South-Africa at Tilburg University on December 13, 2010. After defending his thesis, he was encouraged and inspired by his professors to elaborate more on certain issues and included those in his book that was published this month.

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  • This Time for Africa

    October 26, 2012

    Even though the biggest economy of the African continent is working on a new future, the country is still facing a lot of social problems. Lately, the news showed us the mine strikes in the platinum industry. These strikes can have an impact on other sectors as well, which is not preferable in a country like South Africa. Furthermore, there is unemployment and poverty, but still one of South Africa’s biggest problems is the people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.

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