Programmes

This consists of WATJCentre Lectures, Roundtable and Podcasts.

South Africa’s Elections and the Evolution of the People’s Choice

Preamble The recent regime change in South Africa, a country which practices constitutional democracy across the national, provincial and local tiers of government (each with its own executive and legislative arm; alongside and independent judiciary), generated a lot of interests based on the perceived need for a political change; which some commentators consider as necessary …

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African Union and Transitional Justice: Healing the Past and Restoring Human Dignity

Book: African Union and Transitional Justice: Healing the Past and Restoring Human Dignity Editor: Prof. Tim Murithi, Head, Peacebuilding Interventions, Institute for Justice & Reconciliation, Cape Town, South Africa Discussant: Munini Mutuku, Principal Programme Officer, National Cohesion & Integration Commission, Nairobi, Kenya Discussant: Shingirai Mtero, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher, Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, Sweden Discussant: Patrick Hajayandi, Senior Project Leader, Peacebuilding Interventions Programme, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, Cape …

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Customary Justice in South Sudan; Toward Victim-Centered Change; & Diverse Pathways to People-Centred Justice

Reports: Customary Justice in South Sudan; Toward Victim-Centered Change; & Diverse Pathways to People-Centred Justice Presenter: Agatha Ndonga, Head of Program – outh Sudan, International Centre for Transitional Justice. Discussant: Michael James Warren, Customary and Informal Justice Advisor, International Development Law Organization Discussant: Roger Duthie, Senior Expert – Research, International Centre for Transitional Justice Video link: https://youtu.be/rVT0pOkM9i8?si=Uy0P3qMQfliBX-jr

Iwalewa Olorunyomi

Iwalewa Olorunyomi is a multi-diverse scholar, researcher, and editor who is particularly fascinated by the intersections of spaces, narrative, cultural studies, and futures. This fascination has led her to explore the multidimensional identities and spatial practices of African and African diasporic communities in her research. She holds a B.A. in English Language from the University …

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Election Postponement in Senegal and Its Implications for Political Stability in the Subregion

Preamble The declaration by the Constitutional Council of Senegal, a country considered to be one of the stable democracies in Africa, that the postponement of the presidential election by President Macky Sall was illegal reflects how political processes have been impugned on the continent. According to reports, the president had issued a decree to postpone …

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Maxwell Boamah Amofa

Maxwell Boamah Amofa is a dedicated and experienced legal and political professional with  profound passion for international relations, law, peace studies, human rights, and conflict  resolution. His interest is in the Law of Armed Conflicts particularly how to strategically employ International humanitarian law and human rights principles to mitigate armed  hostilities, particularly in the volatile …

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Humanitarian Challenges in Gaza and Its Implications for Global Peace

Preamble The resurgence of hostilities in the Middle-East was triggered by the attack on Israel, which was perpetrated by members of the Harakat al-Muqawama al-Islamiya (Islamic Resistant Movement – Hamas) on October 7, 2023. The perpetrators had invaded some Israeli communities located in the southern border that was adjoining Gaza. During the attacks, there were …

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Guerrillas and Combative: Women and the Armed Struggle in South Africa

Book: Guerrillas and Combative Mothers: Women and the Armed Struggle in South Africa Author: Prof. Siphokazi Magadla, Head of Department, Political and International Studies, Rhodes University, South Africa Discussant: Prof Jill Kelly, Associate Professor, Clements Department of History, Southern Methodist University, USA  Discussant: Dr Mxolisi Mchunu, Senior Researcher, Kwazulu-Natal Legislature, South Africa Video link: https://youtu.be/zPXln2XoVCg?si=WkwKnTn3BmtDbBrM

Good Governance in Nigeria: Rethinking Accountability and Transparency in the 21st Century

Book: Good Governance in Nigeria: Rethinking Transparency and Accountability in the 21st Century Author: Dr Portia Roelofs, Lecturer in Politics, King’s College, London, United Kingdom Discussants: Dr Siphiwe Dube, Senior Lecturer, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa Mr Ajibola Adigun, Democracy and Governance Specialist, Policy Innovation Centre, Abuja, Nigeria Video link: https://youtu.be/dAfb8W-3nHM?si=glP9ICh5Iuqojtdz