As we mark the significant anniversary of 30 years of constitutional democracy in South Africa, the time is ripe for scholarly reflection on how the value and institutional architecture of accountability under our Constitution can be re-envisioned and revitalised to advance the full and equal enjoyment of human rights for all. Accordingly, Professor Sandra Liebenberg, H.F. Oppenheimer Chair in Human Rights Law and Professor Bradley Slade, Head of the Department of Public Law at the Faculty of Law, Stellenbosch University will be hosting a conference focusing on the aforementioned theme on 28–29 November 2024.

The Human Rights and Constitutional Accountability Conference will be held on 28–29 November 2024 to mark the 30th Anniversary of Constitutional Democracy in South Africa 

Call for papers

We invite papers which broadly align with the following themes:

  1. The theoretical foundations and institutional dimensions of constitutional accountability
  2. The judiciary as an institution of constitutional accountability for structural human rights violations’
  3. Chapter 9 institutions
  4. Governance and legislative reforms
  5. Social accountability

Date and venue

The Conference will take place in Stellenbosch (venue to be confirmed) on 28 and 29 November.

Submission of abstracts

Those interested in presenting papers at the conference must submit an abstract of 500 words and a short bio of no more than 150 words.

Date of submission: No later than 31 May 2024.
Abstracts and bio submission: In Word format to Dr Anisa Mahmoudi, Post-Doctoral Fellow to the H.F. Oppenheimer Chair in Human Rights Law, Stellenbosch University Law Faculty: Email:

For more information, please click here to access the call for papers.

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