The December 2017 graduation ceremony for postgraduate law students took place on Wednesday, 6 December. Anneth Amin received her LLD for her dissertation entitled “A teleological approach to the interpretation of socio-economic rights in the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights” under the supervision of Professor Sandy Liebenberg. Anneth’s dissertation develops a methodology for the application of the teleological approach for the interpretation of socio-economic rights in the African Charter. She also develops a teleological model of review to assist supervisory organs in assessing states’ socio-economic rights obligations.
Solange Rosa received her LLD for her dissertation entitled “The means and ends of justice: The interaction between socio-economic rights and administrative justice in a South African democratic develop-mental state” under the supervision of Professors Sandy Liebenberg and Geo Quinot. Solange’s dissertation focused on developing the interlinkages between administrative justice and socio-economic rights to support effective socio-economic transformation and the democratic developmental state. Her hypothesis is that the normative purposes and values of these rights are profoundly complementary and can be strengthened as tools to address poverty.
Two other SERAJ members, Michelle du Toit and Philip Swanepoel, also graduated and received their LLM degrees during the December graduation ceremony. Michelle’s LLM is titled “An evaluation of the National Health Insurance scheme in the light of South Africa’s constitutional and international law obligations imposed by the right to health”. Philip received his LLM degree cum laude (in absentia) for his work on remedial structural interdicts, titled “The potential of structural interdicts to constitute effective relief for socio-economic rights violations”. Philip was travelling in Turku, Finland, at the time as a guest of the Institute for Human Rights at Åbo Akademi where he also participated in the Intensive Course on Contemporary Challenges to International Human Rights Law.