Enforcing accountability: Consolidating democracy, compelling sustainable development in the 21st Century


The first two decades of the 21st century have featured great strides in the entrenchment of democratic governance in Southern Africa, the onset of the most deleterious impacts of climate change, the weaknesses of action on sustainable development imperatives, and the first global pandemic that humankind has had to confront in over a century. Over the course of the same period, social and economic inequality has continued to grow in leaps and bounds with adverse effects on social cohesion levels while cooperation and true solidarity within the community of nations have steadily diminished.

The Society for Law Teachers of Southern Africa (STLSA), which serves as a mouthpiece and a catalyst for the production of legal knowledge wishes to use its 2021 conference to be organised by the Nelson R Mandela School of Law, University of Fort Hare and held in East London from 10-16 July 2021 to create the opportunity for legal academics, and researchers to share the outputs of their research work and :

  •           engage in serious reflection on the progress and failures of constitutionalism and political governance systems in South and Southern Africa;

  •           interrogate/evaluate existing national and global economic and environmental governance frameworks in terms of their fitness for purpose vis-à-vis the current challenges facing the national and global communities; and

  •           re-imagine the future by thinking creatively and innovating around the necessary normative and governance framework changes.

The conference therefore invites high quality abstracts which address the conference theme and accommodate original and unpublished works around the following sub-themes:

Sub-theme #1: Transformative constitutionalism in Southern Africa: Promise and reality

Sub-theme #2: Pursuing the SDGs through law: Exploring the linkages and dis-connections

Sub-theme #3: Re-making the rules and institutions of global governance for solidarity and prosperity: Time for a re-set in the backdrop of COVID-19

Sub-theme#4: The judiciary and accountability in contemporary Africa

Sub-theme #5: Fostering social solidarity: Re-thinking governance of economic institutions and resources to enlarge efficiency and compel equity

Sub-theme #6: New Perspectives on the use of blended learning in legal education 

The following panels are already accepted for the conference to which abstracts are welcome: ‘Health research versus health participants’; ‘Intellectual property and Covid-19 in Southern Africa’; ‘Competition law for inclusive growth in the African continent’; ‘Legal impacts of the Fourth Industrial Revolution; State regulation of indigenous law in South Africa: Emergent or deliberate’; ‘Law and religion in South Africa’ and ‘Design and implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA): Issues Problems and Prospects’.  

Interested colleagues wishing to submit an abstract are encouraged to send the following: Title of Abstract; Name(s) of Presenters(s); Address including e-mail; and a proposal of not more than 250 words to Professor ES Nwauche (Chair of the LOC): on or before the 30th of January 2021. Colleagues are also to note that consultations are ongoing with the following journals [Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal; De Jure; Speculum Juris; Namibia Law Journal and the University of Botswana Law Journal] that have agreed in principle to publish a special edition of papers presented at the conference.