Methods Café
Methods Café provides a drop-in methods advising and assistance session for students and faculty. Methods Café is an open and casual space that demystifies research methods and ethics, and fosters collegial interaction between staff and students...
Collaboration with the Equal Education Law Centre
In 2017 CLS and the EELC came together for an exciting and stimulating collaboration. Working together the two Centre’s facilitated a cross pollination between the world outside of the University and the world inside the University. Through a...
CLS Welcomes Students to 2018
In February 2018, CLS Staff members participated in the Law Faculty’s Orientation Week Programme for new law students.
2017 has been a bumper year for the CLS Hub
Aiming to be a vibrant and supportive space for convening dialogues, conversations and confrontations around law and/in society and for showcasing a diversity of voices, perspectives and disciplines that shape law in practice, the Hub’s activities...
SocioLegal Studies Early Career Workshop 2017
From 17-19 August 2017, CLS at UCT, hosted the inaugural Sociolegal Studies Early Career Workshop. This was an intensive writing workshop which saw a small and promising group of draft papers from advanced postgraduates or recent PhD's, receive...
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The Centre for Law and Society (CLS) is an innovative multi-disciplinary centre in the Faculty of Law where scholars, students and activists engage critically with, and work together on, the challenges facing contemporary South Africa at the intersection of law and society.

Through engaged research, critical teaching and robust exchange, CLS aims to shape a new generation of scholars, practitioners and activists, and to build the field of relevant legal theory, scholarship and practice, that is responsive to our context in South Africa and Africa.

The Centre provides an interactive space to collaborate on solutions to pressing social injustices, and incubates people, ideas and projects to promote justice.

Upcoming events ....

The Centre for Law and Society (UCT) and the Rape Survivors' Justice Campaign will be hosting a panel on Developing Relevant Models for Specialised Sexual Offences Courts in South Africa, on Thursday 26 April 2018 from 17h30 until 20h00. 

Join us as Lisa Vetten (Wits City Institute), Aisling Heath (Gender, Health and Justice Research Unit, UCT), and Karen Hollely (The Child Witness Institute) present a summary of findings from their recent research on the sexual offences courts and engage with stakeholders from within the criminal justice system. 

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The Centre for Law and Society will be  hosting Feminism Is authors Jen Thorpe and Dela  Gwala on Thursday 3 May from 13h00 until 14h00.

Join us as they touch on their varied experiences  and perspectives of what it means to be a South  African feminist. 

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