Flagship Events at the Bonavero Institute

It is twenty-five years since the transition to democracy in South Africa.  Some of the most enduring challenges to that transition have been the questions of the role of customary law and traditional leadership in the new democratic state.

The Citizenship & Accountability conference, co-hosted by the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, the Programme for the Foundations of Law & Constitutional Government in Oxford, and the Land and Accountability Research Centre at the University of Cape Town, drew together scholars, practitioners and judges from South Africa and beyond to discuss the question around litigating customary law and traditional leadership under South Africa's democratic constitution.


Conference Programme

Monday 17 June 2019

Session 1: Where are we now?  The Constitution, Traditional Leaders and Customary Law

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Chair: Tembeka Ngcukaitobi

Peter Delius

Aninka Claassens

Session 2: What is living customary law?  And how should the courts identify it and apply it?

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Chair: Nick Barber

Thandabantu Nhlapo

Nolundi Luwaya

Kate O'Regan

Session 3: Mining and Resources: issues arising from recent ligitation

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Chair: Nolundi Luwaya

Johan Lorenzen

Michael Bishop

William Beinart

Session 4: Traditional leaders and communities, money and accountability

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Chair: Jonny Steinberg

Sonwabile Mnwana

Wilmien Wicomb

Tuesday 18 June 2019

Session 5: The Scope of Chiefly Power

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Chair: Jason Brickhill

Janine Ubink

Michael Mbikiwa

Monica De Souza Louw

Maame Mensa Bonsu

Session 6: The Way Forward

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Chair: Thandabantu Nhlapo

Geoff Budlender

Tembeka Ngcukaitobi