Presentation: Vindicating the right to housing in turbulent times: Resilience, inclusion, sustainability and adaptability in South African housing rights jurisprudence

I was honoured to be the plenary speaker at a seminar on Urban Sustainability, Inclusion and Resilience organised by the EVICT Project at the University of Groningen, on Wednesday 18 January. I presented my work in progress on socio-economic rights as adaptive law, with a focus on South African housing rights jurisprudence. My talk was … More Presentation: Vindicating the right to housing in turbulent times: Resilience, inclusion, sustainability and adaptability in South African housing rights jurisprudence

Publication: “Urbanizing Human Rights Law: Cities, Local Governance and Corporate Power”

The German Law Journal has just published this open-access article, which is part of my NRF-funded project on the legal dimensions of corporate involvement in urban governance. This is a theoretical article which argues that “significant strides can be made towards addressing international human rights law’s blind spots when it comes to ensuring corporate accountability … More Publication: “Urbanizing Human Rights Law: Cities, Local Governance and Corporate Power”

Presentations on urban constitutionalism, the right to the city and urban governance

I had a really busy week, starting with a research visit to Antwerp where I presented a talk on “Corporations, urban governance and human rights” to the University of Antwerp’s Law and Development Research Group on Tuesday 22 November, followed by a talk entitled “Advancing the right to the city through rights to housing and … More Presentations on urban constitutionalism, the right to the city and urban governance

Publication – book chapter: Resisting Marginalisation in the World Class City

The book Urban Politics of Human Rights edited by Janne E Nijman, Barbara Oomen, Elif Durmus, Sarah Miellet and Lisa Roodenburg has just been published by Routledge and is available open access here. The book considers how human rights are shaped in particular urban political climates. My chapter, “Resisting Marginalisation in the World Class City: … More Publication – book chapter: Resisting Marginalisation in the World Class City

Publication: “Outsourcing Governance: Local Government and the Future of Democracy in South Africa” (with David Everatt)

David Everatt from the Wits School of Governance and I have just co-published this article in the Journal of Southern African Studies. It analyses the decline and near collapse of local government in South Africa through a political and legal lens. My contribution to the article centres on the seeming change in judicial approach to … More Publication: “Outsourcing Governance: Local Government and the Future of Democracy in South Africa” (with David Everatt)

NIAS fellowship: Human rights in the African city

I am privileged to have been selected as one of the cohort of 2022/23 research fellows at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS) in Amsterdam, where I am based during my sabbatical from the University of the Witwatersrand from 5 September 2022 until 28 January 2023. During my … More NIAS fellowship: Human rights in the African city

Publication: “Corporate Power, Urban Governance and Urban law”

This article, which has just been published (in advance online form) by Cities, considers how, in structuring the interplay between corporations and the local state within contemporary urban governance arrangements, urban law can enhance public values and public accountability. It draws on both urban governance and legal literature and engages examples from cities around the world. You … More Publication: “Corporate Power, Urban Governance and Urban law”

Conference presentation – International Society of Public Law: Upholding public-law values in hybrid public/private urban governance

I am currently in Wroclaw, Poland, where yesterday I presented a paper entitled “Upholding public law values in hybrid public/private urban governance” at the annual conference of the International Society of Public Law. The paper is part of my overarching project on the legal dimensions of corporate involvement in hybrid urban governance arrangements, which focuses … More Conference presentation – International Society of Public Law: Upholding public-law values in hybrid public/private urban governance

CLESTalk Podcast

I visited CLES (NRF chair in Cities, Law and Environmental Sustainability) at NWU in Potchefstroom earlier this year, and had fun recording a podcast for their CLESTalk series. Henrike Saunders and I discussed urban law as an academic discipline and my sense of the urban law research agenda, among other things. You can listen to … More CLESTalk Podcast

Publication: “Towards a Right to the City? The Slow Convergence of Rights to Housing and Land in South African Constitutional Jurisprudence”

The International Human Rights Review just published this article, which is based on the talk I gave earlier this year to the EVICT project. The article traces and considers the implications of the culmination of South African jurisprudence on the rights of access to housing and equitable access to land in the Adonisi decision of the Cape High … More Publication: “Towards a Right to the City? The Slow Convergence of Rights to Housing and Land in South African Constitutional Jurisprudence”