25th Anniversary of the Constitution

Call for Papers: National Conference to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Constitution

The act of the former President Mr Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela of signing the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (Constitution) into law at Sharpeville marked a shift in the country’s legal history. It signalled a break with the legal tradition of positivism and the system of parliamentary sovereignty which had provided the impetus for the functioning of the apartheid State. In its place, the Constitution established a democratic system built on the foundations of constitutional supremacy, the rule of law and a justiciable Bill of Rights. This democratic constitutional system provided an opportunity for all citizens to participate in the governance of the country.

The year 2021 presents a significant landmark, the 25th Anniversary of the Constitution, in the creation of the constitutional democracy in South Africa. It marks various important milestones in our nascent democracy, including the commemoration of the adoption, certification, signing into law and coming into force of the Constitution.

The rationale for the Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Constitution are to provide an opportunity to:

  • Mobilise all sectors of society, including all branches of State, to reflect on the strengths, resilience and dynamism of our Constitution.
  • Review and reflect the extent to which as a country we have worked towards the recognition and realisation of the vision of the Constitution, to build a non-racial, non-sexist, united, prosperous and democratic society based on the democratic values of human dignity, equality and freedom.
  • Assess how the constitutional framework has enabled the State to deal with the challenges of inequality, poverty and underdevelopment.
  • Reflect on the state of constitutionalism, respect for the rule of law and the promotion and protection of human rights.

CALL FOR PAPERS

Presentation of Papers at a National Symposium (Date to be determined by the DOJ&CD)

Expected Publication: February 2022

The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DOJ&CD) invites papers, from individuals and institutions in the field of research, on any one of the following themes:

  • Deepening of Constitutionalism, respect for the Rule of Law and Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.
  • Combating of Racism, hate crimes, xenophobia and other related intolerance including the fight against Gender Based Violence and Femicide.
  • Good governance, democracy and service delivery.
  • The Constitution as a tool for addressing socio-economic challenges.
  • The relationship between the three (3) branches of State (the Executive, Legislature, and Judiciary).
  • Building of Social Cohesion and unity of our Nation.

It is intended that a selected number of accepted papers will be presented at a National Symposium to be organised by the DOJ&CD in the course of this year. The collected papers will be published in a volume to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Constitution.

Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: June 25, 2021
Deadline for Submission of Full Papers: September 30, 2021

SUBMISSION PROCEDURE

Abstract of about 500 words must be submitted, in both word and pdf files, to Adv. Simon Mahlangu by email: SimoMahlangu@justice.gov.za and
Dr G La Foy email: GLaFoy@justice.gov.za.

Author must indicate if they wish to present a paper at the Symposium.

Abstracts must include in a single document:
• Title of abstract
• Author’s name
• Affiliation
• Qualifications
• E-mail address

Authors will be notified within two weeks about whether a full paper is invited for submission. Please, note that to be invited for submission of full papers does not imply acceptance of papers. If you are invited to submit a full paper, submit to Simon Mahlangu by email: SimoMahlangu@justice.gov.za and Dr G La Foy email: GLaFoy@justice.gov.za.

Follow this link to view the PDF of this Call for Papers: National Conference to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Constitution

FOR INQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT: Adv. Simon Mahlangu (SimoMahlangu@justice.gov.za) or Dr G La Foy (GLaFoy@justice.gov.za).