Fellows’ seminars

Delving deep to understand the relationship between statutory law and indigenous customary law across Africa - Fellows' seminar by Jan Erk

Delving deep to understand the relationship between statutory law and indigenous customary law across Africa – Fellows’ seminar by Jan Erk

“In most parts of Africa, traditional leaders and indigenous customary law enjoy a degree of legitimacy, influence and power that analyses using formal indicators miss,” said Jan Erk. “Despite the role this plays in development and democracy at the local level, no comprehensive picture of the relationship between modern and traditional legal systems exists.” STIAS … [Read more]

Energy storage for a cleaner planet - Fellows' seminar by Michael Thackeray

Energy storage for a cleaner planet – Fellows’ seminar by Michael Thackeray

Reflections on the commercialisation of science through the lens of lithium battery development Battery-powered communication connects the world. Most of us can’t get through a day without our laptops, tablets and mobile phones, and we take them so for granted that we rarely think about the science that has gone into their development – specifically … [Read more]

Tracing the rise and decline of secondary schooling in Soweto - Fellows' seminar by Clive Glaser

Tracing the rise and decline of secondary schooling in Soweto – Fellows’ seminar by Clive Glaser

“During the 1960s and early 1970s Morris Isaacson High School in Soweto had its most successful years. It produced good-quality education and graduated numerous students who went on to university and became professionals. It was among the top two most prestigious high schools in Soweto.” “This project attempts to explain how Morris Isaacson High School … [Read more]

Reviving democratic citizenship - Fellows' seminar by Bruce Ackerman

Reviving democratic citizenship – Fellows’ seminar by Bruce Ackerman

“Many of our inherited civic institutions are dead or dying. There has been a disintegration of social democracy in many countries. We need an ambitious reform programme to revive democratic life — both in the US and in South Africa.” “This is a turning point in American history. The next few years are important. If … [Read more]

We need to deal with rape as a social not just a legal issue - Fellows' seminar by Lillian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza

We need to deal with rape as a social not just a legal issue – Fellows’ seminar by Lillian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza

“There is a need to change the social not just the legal understandings of rape in Uganda,” said Lillian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza, Judge in the Uganda Supreme Court and recently appointed member of the International Commission of Jurists. Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza was informing STIAS fellows about her research around societal definitions of rape in Uganda, specifically looking at the … [Read more]

Writing to fulfil a quest - Fellows' seminar by Jonny Steinberg

Writing to fulfil a quest – Fellows’ seminar by Jonny Steinberg

“I don’t want to convey a message. You can never be so presumptuous or arrogant to assume that you know how someone is going to read your book,” said Jonny Steinberg. “But my books have a quest – something I want to work out. There are a series of questions. A book is given structure … [Read more]

Integration and co-ordination needed to avert future crises - Fellows' seminar by Ian Goldin

Integration and co-ordination needed to avert future crises – Fellows’ seminar by Ian Goldin

“There have been many explanations of the 2008 crash – no two are the same. We were at the precipice of a total economic collapse – and are still experiencing the aftermath.” Ian Goldin of the Oxford Martin School at Oxford University was addressing STIAS fellows on his perceptions of the 2008 financial crisis and … [Read more]

Telling a good story - Fellows' seminar by Zakes Mda

Telling a good story – Fellows’ seminar by Zakes Mda

“My mission is to tell a good story. If I don’t make my characters human – the story will fail,” said Zakes Mda. STIAS Fellow Zakes Mda during his seminar presentation on 1 February 2018 Mda is currently Artist-in-Residence at STIAS where he is finalising his latest work The Zulus of New York, a historical … [Read more]

The African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights - Fellows' seminar by Gerard Niyungeko

The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights – Fellows’ seminar by Gerard Niyungeko

The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights is one of the institutions of the African Union (AU). It was established by a 1998 protocol which came into force in 2004, but only effectively came into operation in 2006. Gerard Niyungeko of the Faculty of Law at the University of Burundi, who was one of … [Read more]

Life-cycle management for sustainable infrastructure development in Africa - Fellows' seminar by Getachew Assefa

Life-cycle management for sustainable infrastructure development in Africa – Fellows’ seminar by Getachew Assefa

“Africa needs to seize the opportunity to develop its infrastructure systems in a sustainable manner,” said STIAS fellow Getachew Assefa of the Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary. STIAS Fellow Gettachew Assefa during his seminar presentation on 25 January 2018 “The infrastructure deficit in Africa is estimated to be $130 – 170 billion per … [Read more]