Twenty Years of Human Rights Scholarship and Ten Years of Democracy

Venue: Johannesburg

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

Event Date/Time: Jul 05, 2004 End Date/Time: Jul 07, 2004
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The South African Journal on Human Rights was founded in 1984, at the height of the state repression and human rights abuses that characterised the last decade of apartheid. The journal rapidly became an important forum for human rights scholarship and advocacy. After the unbanning of the liberation movements in 1990 and the subsequent constitutional negotiations, the pages of the SAJHR reflected some of the key debates about human rights in a new democratic order.

Since 1994, the journal has published articles that have influenced the development of our constitutional jurisprudence and that have tracked the challenges of building a democracy based on human rights. Recent editions of the SAJHR deal with a broad range of rights issues in our emergent democracy, including the role of socio-economic rights and the difficulties of implementing and enforcing human rights.

In 2004, the SAJHR will be twenty years old. To mark ten years of democracy and twenty years of human rights scholarship in the SAJHR, the journal will host a conference with the theme ‘Twenty years of human rights and human rights scholarship’. The conference will take place at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg in the first week of July 2004.


* The state of civil and political rights
* The judiciary
* Socio-economic rights
* Human rights and social policy
* Equality and affirmative action
* Culture and religion
* The state and political opposition
* The state, human rights and public and private violence
* HIV/AIDS and human rights
* The practice of human rights
* Administrative law