Second Biennial Conference on Law and Society in Africa - 2019
Call for papers: Deadline Extended! Africa and the Middle East in the Era of Global Fragility. Submit abstracts and proposals of no more than 250 words by 7 January 2019.
Sociolegal Studies Early Career Workshop 2019
This is a call for paper submissions to the 2019 Sociolegal Studies Early Career Workshop to be held 22-23 March 2019 at the University of Cape Town (UCT) Faculty of Law.
Law and Society in Africa Seminar Podcast now available
Is UCT a Pan-African university in South Africa or a South African university that caters to Africa? CLS hosted a Law and Society in Africa seminar on Wednesday the 10th of October. Listen to the discussion on defining intellectual spaces in the...
Watch where you put your hand, oaf by Melanie Judge
Wakanda Forever
CLS hosted a Law and Society in Africa seminar on Tuesday 22 May, looking at some of the themes emerging from the movie Back Panther. Listen to the podcast here.
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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.

CALL FOR PAPERS:  Second Biennial Conference on Law and Society in Africa - 2019


CALL FOR PAPERS:  2019 Sociolegal Studies Early Career Workshop click below to apply

Missed some of our events?  Podcasts now available!

Author Haji Mohamed Dawjee uses her new book, Sorry Not Sorry: Experiences of a Brown Woman in a White South Africa, as a jumping board for a discussion on moving in white spaces as a brown/ black woman.  Podcast here!


CLS hosted a Thought Leader Encounter on Thursday 4 October 2018 with Nyasha Karimakwenda.  Here she discusses her doctoral research which examines how legal and policy discourses on gender violence in South Africa have invisibilised the scale and manifestations of marital rape. 

Integrating the subject of violent forms of ukuthwala (abduction for purposes of marriage), Nyasha speaks to how archaic and culturalist depictions of marriage relations distort women's experiences of marital rape, and silence their voices.  Podcast here!


The Centre for Law and Society and the Equal Education Law Centre hosted part two of a conversation between Nicolette Naylor (Ford Foundation) and Sibongile Ndashe (Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa) on 13 September 2018. Listen as they build on a conversation on Sexual harassment in the work place and touch on strategising on how we can use the law to address sexual harassment.  Podcast here!

South African Crime Quarterly Issue #65 out now!