The research activities of the Chair are broadly informed by and related to the three pillars on which the United Nations is founded, namely international peace and security, economic and social development and the protection of human rights. In all three areas the African continent faces serious challenges, made worse by the special ways in which they are interlinked. To support research in these areas the NRF also makes available a limited number of bursaries on an annual basis to full-time masters and doctoral students. Collaboration with scholars and institutions in other parts of the world is also an important objective of the Chair.Read More →

In 2013 the NRF awarded the Faculty of Law at the University of Johannesburg a Research Chair in International Law on the basis of research capacity that already existed in the Faculty in this field. Prof Hennie Strydom, professor in public international law, was then appointed to the Chair. The relevance of the Chair’s research programme must be seen in the context of the post 1994 developments when South Africa rejoined the international community of states in various ways. The country has ratified a large number of multilateral treaties and has adopted national implementation legislation in several instances. Under the 1996 Constitution, the courts are alsoRead More →

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