SERAJ was fortunate to host Adv Stuart Wilson and Dr Julian Brown for a seminar on 28 May 2017 in the Stellenbosch Law Faculty, entitled Socio-Economic Struggles In and Out of the Courtroom. The seminar was attended by undergraduate students, postgraduate LLM and LLD students, as well as staff of the Law Faculty.
In their presentation Brown and Wilson examined the interrelationship between popular protest and mobilisation and courtroom litigation in socio-economic rights cases. They focused on the support that the Socio-Economic Rights Institute (SERI) has provided to inner city residents of Johannesburg to resist their eviction and removal from their homes and livelihoods in inner city areas. Wilson and Brown explored the interaction between legal and extra-legal strategies, providing valuable insight on litigation strategies and ground-up approaches to socio-economic rights challenges.
The questions and discussion after their presentation ranged widely from the practice of public interest litigation, legal education, and the most effective strategies for advancing the interests of impoverished and marginalised communities.
Stuart Wilson is the Executive Director of the Socio-Economic Rights Institute (SERI), a practising advocate, and a Visiting Senor Researcher in the School of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand. Julian Brown is a senior lecturer in Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, and the author of two books: South Africa’s Insurgency Citizens: On Dissent and the Possibility of Politics (2015); Road to Soweto: Resistance and the Uprising of 16 June 1976 (2016).