In response to the nationwide student movement for decolonisation and the need to question of western systems of knowledge and symbolic orders, Tshisimani offers a programme on decolonisation in so far as it relates to the legal discipline. Placing Professor Ramose’s work in conversation with the work and perspectives of law student activists and movements around the country, we hope to make better sense of this moment in South African jurisprudence and legal activism. We look at what Richard Rothstein terms as ‘the colour of law,’ by exploring legal doctrines, legislation and policies in so far as they reveal the contestations between constitutionalism and decolonisation as paradigms that continue to shape the present and past. Together with law student activists, artists, gender scholars, lawyers and legal scholars we will explore the ways in which law is taught in the university, what law schools might look like under free education and how universities continues to reconstitute structural inequality that affects us at the level of culture, race, class, gender and sexuality.

Kindly RSVP by Friday 18 August 2017 to:
Wadi Dyani
info@tshisimani.org.za
021 685 3516/8

Venue:
Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education,
69 Main Road/1 Batten Lane,
Mowbray, Cape Town
(close to Forest Hill and opposite the Viljoenhof CPUT residences)

Law student activists Khumo Thage and Melissa Mtolo review South African land reform policy.

Law student activist, Thato Phatlane and student activist Lethabo Mailula discuss the importance of intersectionality in legal practice and the need for the constitution to recognise the humanity of queer bodies.

With reference to the South African legal education and practice, Nikhiel and Ntokozo reflect on the possibilities for a deolonised constitution, and the ways the the constitution falls short in recognising the rights of black people in the country.

Law student Alfred Moraka and Equal Education Law Centre Director, Nurina Ally, discuss the diffusion of law pedagogy at law schools today and the implications thereof, for legal practice.

Judge Dennis Davids and Wits law lecturer Charmika Samaradiwakera-Wijesundara have a chat about the history of law in South Africa, and the gaps in the constitution.