IACL ROUND TABLE/ 28 – 29 May 2015: Johannesburg, South Africa.

19 mayo, 2015

IACL Round Table: 28 – 29 May 2015
Faculty of Law, University of Bucharest, Romania

South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC)

The ‘New’ Separation of Powers: Can the doctrine evolve to meet the 21st Century context?

The Executive Committee of the International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL) in collaboration with the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC), a centre of the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

28 May: Constitutional Court Auditorium, Constitution Hill, Braamfontein
29 May: Council Chamber, Madibeng Building, Auckland Park Campus, University of Johannesburg

Thursday 28 May 2015, 09:00 – 17:30
Friday 29 May 2015, 09:00 – 13:15

The doctrine of the separation of powers has undergone significant changes in recent years. In particular, the role of courts has been evolving with the weakness of political institutions, the inclusion of socio-economic rights in modern constitutions and the development of a range of independent institutions such as human rights commissions and public protectors. Whilst the doctrine has undergone some shift in the Global North, arguably, however, it requires some significant re-conceptualisation in the countries of the Global South.

The South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (a Centre of the University of Johannesburg) together with the support of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung is proud to be hosting a conference that will seek to engage with how the separation of powers should be conceived in the 21st Century, with a particular emphasis on the Global South.

The conference will be an official round-table of the International Association of Constitutional Law and we have already confirmed some of the top constitutionalists in the world including, Prof Vicki Jackson (Harvard University), Prof Manuel Cepeda (Universidad de los Andes and formerly Constitutional Court of Colombia), Prof Adrienne Stone (University of Melbourne), Prof Mahendra Singh (National Law University, Delhi), Prof Virgilio Alfonso Da Silva (University of Sao Paolo, Brazil) and many others.


  • New Challenges for the Separation of Powers
  • Courts and Fourth Branch institutions
  • Courts and Executive Powers
  • Courts and Legislative Powers
  • Developments in the Separation of Powers in ‘Northern’ Constitutions
  • Will the Separation of Powers always be political?


  • David Landau (Florida State University, USA)
  • David Bilchitz (University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg)
  • Surya Deva (City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
  • Katie Young (Boston College, USA) (Colombia)
  • Mulela Margaret Munalula (University of Zambia, Zambia)
  • Faraaz Mahomed (SA Human Rights Commission, South Africa)
  • Jose Maria Serna (Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas, UNAM, Mexico)
  • Redson Kapindu (Justice, High Court, Malawi)
  • Marcelo Figueiredo (Catholic University, Sao Paolo, Brazil)
  • Renata Uitz (Central European University, Hungary)
  • Rainer Arnold (Regensburg, Germany)
  • Charles Fombad, (University of Pretoria, South Africa)
  • Daniel Bonilla (University de Los Andes, Colombia)
  • Mahendra Singh (Delhi Judicial Academy, New Delhi)
  • Vicki Jackson, (Harvard University, USA)
  • Xavier Philippe (University of Aix-en-Provence, France)
  • Adrienne Stone (Melbourne University, Australia)
  • Maria Lucia Amaral (Vice-President, Constitutional Tribunal Portugal)
  • Manuel Cepeda Espinosa (University de los Andes, Colombia)
  • Bertrand Mathieu (University of the Sorbonne, France)
  • Virgilio Alfonso Da Silva (Université de São Paulo, Brazil)
  • Selin Esen (Ankara Üniversitesi,Turkey)


The conference is open to scholars with interests in the area (and subject to room size limitations). Please contact Morgan Buntting, at morgan@saifac.org.za for further information or if you would like to attend. Places are limited.

Practical questions for speakers and members of the IACL Executive Committee (and foreign visitors in general)

Information: http://www.iacl-aidc.org/en/events/forthcoming-events/248-iacl-round-table-28-29-may-2015

Best regards,

Edwin Figueroa



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