The Fourth Annual International Conference on Social Justice and Fifth Annual Social Justice Summit

11 – 12 October 2023

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A globally respected social justice research and training hub

Prof. Thuli Madonsela
Director of the Centre for Social Justice, Stellenbosch University

Professor Thuli (Thulisile) Madonsela is a professor of law occupying the Law Trust Research Chair in Social Justice at Stellenbosch University. She is also a member of the African Academy of Sciences and founder of the Thuma Foundation for Democracy Leadership and Literacy a Member of the African Academy of Sciences, a 2017 Harvard Advanced Leadership Fellow, and a One Young World Counsellor. The former Public Protector of South Africa and full-time Law Commissioner, Professor Madonsela was one of the drafters of the South African Constitution and a co-architect and drafter of several constitutionally mandated laws, including the Equality Act, Employment Equity Act and Promotion of Administrative Justice Act.

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Featured projects

The Centre for Social Justice is anchored in the triple objectives of responsive research, teaching and social impact. The Social Justice M-Plan is the flagship programme of Law Trust the Chair in Social Justice.

The Musa Plan for Social Justice (M-Plan)

A social justice accelerator programme. Its theory of change is that poverty and inequality are systems problems and require a systems approach to change.

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A campaign to address the plight of historic debt owed to universities by students from poor and working-class families.

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Social Justice and COVID-19 Policy and Relief Monitoring Alliance (SCOPRA)

A project to regularly track all COVID-19 policies and relief measures to assess and ensure compliance with the equality duty and related social justice commitments, other human rights obligations and democratic governance dictates.

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Social Justice Café

The aim of the cafés is to engage with young people on social justice issues and human rights-inspired democracy and action for inclusion.

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About the Chair:

Professor Thulisile “Thuli” Madonsela, an advocate of the High Court of South Africa, heads the Centre for Social Justice and is a law professor at the University of Stellenbosch, where she conducts and coordinates social justice research and teaches constitutional and administrative law.

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