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Faculty of Law | University of the Western Cape

Research Portal

Faculty of Law | University of the Western Cape

UWC LAW FACULTY

Shifting international environmental law from conservation to compassion

Werner Scholtz, professor of law at UWC, has called for a paradigm shift in international environmental law, which he says ‘is concerned with the conservation, inter alia, of sentient species, but generally ignores the welfare of individual animals. It therefore does not reflect a recognition of the moral worth of animals and perpetuates the dichotomy between conservation and welfare’.

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Applying a child-rights lens to development and humanitarian aid

Safeguarding in the context of development and humanitarian assistance has been increasingly in the spotlight since 2018, but the literature has not yet investigated the extent to which it is in line with the best interests of the child. In a recent co-authored work, the renowned child-rights expert Julia Sloth-Nielsen assessed the situation.

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UWC testing SA’s first online labour law program

In an exciting new initiative, the Faculty of Law at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) has partnered with Arbeidsmarktresearch UvA BV (ARR), a unit at the University of Amsterdam which has developed an interactive programme offering individualised information on workers’ rights, in adapting this programme to the South African context.

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Court victory for domestic workers

The drowning of domestic worker Badanile Maria Mahlangu in her employer’s swimming pool in 2012 resulted in drawn out legal battles that ended with a court ruling that is a victory for all domestic workers.

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