UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN CHAIR IN CONSTITUTIONAL GOVERNANCE
The proposal for a ‘Chair in Constitutional
Governance’ was the initiative of the Chairman in
discussion with Prof Hugh Corder, then Dean of the
Law Faculty at the University of Cape Town in 2008.
This was a period of heightened drama and tension in
legal circles, but also more widely in society as
the events surrounding Judge President Hlophe, the
Constitutional Court and the Zuma trials began to
play themselves out.
In its motivation for a ‘Chair in Constitutional
Governance’, UCT’s Law Faculty argued that the new
battle-ground within the constitutional law field
will concentrate less on the human-rights area and
more on the relationships between the institutions
and levels of government and their accountability to
the public through their constitutional obligations.
Prof Pierre de Vos was appointed the Claude Leon
Foundation Chair in Constitutional Governance in
2009. He has a B Comm (Law), LLB and LLM (cum laude)
from the University of Stellenbosch, an LLM from
Columbia University in New York, and an LLD from the
University of Western Cape. He taught at the
University of Western Cape from 1993 to June 2009.
The Claude Leon Foundation has agreed to fund the
establishment of this Chair for five years
(2009-2014). Thereafter, the faculty has undertaken
to continue the funding of the Chair through the
general operating budget as a permanent fixture of
its academic offerings.