UN Habitat, Geneva Human Rights Platform & Geneva Cities Hub Expert Group Meeting on Inclusive Cities (5-6 May 2020)

I am currently participating in a virtual Expert Group Meeting on Inclusive Cities co-organised by UN Habitat, the Geneva Human Rights Platform of the Geneva Academy and the Geneva Cities Hub, in coordination with the office of the UN High-Commissioner for Human Rights. The meeting includes focused discussions on human rights mainstreaming within the domains … More UN Habitat, Geneva Human Rights Platform & Geneva Cities Hub Expert Group Meeting on Inclusive Cities (5-6 May 2020)

Legal dimensions of COVID19 response in urban informal settlements

As member of the South African National Department on Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation’s Policy and Legislative Review Team (POLERT) it is both an honour and a challenge to be tasked with thinking through the legal implications of, and possibilities for, the national human settlements response to the COVID19 pandemic, specifically in overcrowded urban informal … More Legal dimensions of COVID19 response in urban informal settlements

Webinar & Research Project: Law Reform for Unlocking Urban Township Economies

As part of a team assembled by the NRF SARChI Chair in Cities, Law and Environmental Sustainability (CLES) at NWU Potchefstroom, I have spent a number of months producing commissioned research for the South African Cities Network and the Gauteng Provincial Government, on the legal landscape pertaining to the regulation of township economies in South … More Webinar & Research Project: Law Reform for Unlocking Urban Township Economies

World Urban Forum (Abu Dhabi, 8-13 February 2020): Achieving Spatial Equity through Human Rights and Rule of Law

I am attending the World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi where, in my capacity as joint global coordinator of IRGLUS, I organised a networking event entitled “Achieving Spatial Equity through Human Rights and Rule of Law”, in partnership with the UN Habitat Urban Legislation Unit. The event took the form of a panel discussion followed … More World Urban Forum (Abu Dhabi, 8-13 February 2020): Achieving Spatial Equity through Human Rights and Rule of Law

Publication: “Components of Rights-based Urban Service Delivery”

This paper, part of the first volume of the South African Cities Network’s Urban Governance Paper Series (edited by Danga Mughogho and published in 2019) is now available online. The paper overviews constitutional standards and supporting legislative and policy frameworks, as well as high-level case law on urban service delivery in South African cities, in … More Publication: “Components of Rights-based Urban Service Delivery”

Publication: “Local Government Law, Development and Cross-border Trade in the Global Cities of SADC”

This academic article, which grew from a working paper produced during my visiting research fellowship at the World Trade Institute in Bern, Switzerland, in late 2017, has just appeared online, ahead of its’ print publication in the Law and Development Review. The article considers the interactions and interdependencies between local government law, urban governance, developmental … More Publication: “Local Government Law, Development and Cross-border Trade in the Global Cities of SADC”

Conference: RC21@Delhi – In and Beyond the City (Delhi, India, 18-21 September 2019)

I am in Delhi, where today is the last day of the RC21@Delhi conference impressively titled “In and Beyond the City: Emerging Ontologies, Persistent Challenges and Hopeful Futures”. The conference is organised by the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Urban and Regional Development. An overwhelmingly wide variety of urban studies research is being disseminated … More Conference: RC21@Delhi – In and Beyond the City (Delhi, India, 18-21 September 2019)