The 22nd Annual Course on International Law Librarianship
"New Rights - New Laws:
Legal Information in a Changing World"

21st - 25th September 2003
University of Cape Town's Breakwater Campus
Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

Cape Town, South Africa


Updated: April 29th, 2004

 - see Final Programme!

The annual course in international law librarianship is the Association’s main meeting and educational event of the year. There are three main themes this year:

    · Law and Social Change

    · Rights and Law

    · South African law and legal literature


The Registration Desk is just inside the lobby of the Breakwater building. It will be staffed by Africa Unique staff or one of the Local Organising Committee on Sunday from 9.30am to 5.30pm (except lunch 12.00 to 1.00) and until lunchtime on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

The full registration fee includes all academic sessions, all lunches on the programme, all refreshment breaks on the programme, transport to the base of Table Mountain on Sunday, the Welcome Reception on Sunday, Dinner at the Africa Café on Monday, Excursion to Robben Island and sundowner drink at Docks Restaurant on Tuesday, Excursion to Cape Point on Wednesday and the Annual Reception and Dinner on Thursday. It does not include the Table Mountain cable car fare, dinner on Tuesday or dinner on Wednesday. The accompanying person registration and the exhibitor registration includes everything in the full registration except the academic sessions.


Most delegates will be in:
  • Commodore Hotel, Portswood Road, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town Tel: +27 21 415 1000 Fax: +27 21 415 1100/77
  • Breakwater Lodge, Portswood Road, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town Tel: +27 21 406-1911 Fax: +27 21 406-1070

There is a map on the
Hotel Information Sheet.

To reserve transfers from the airport to your hotel see the Travel section below.


The Association’s annual meeting is being held for the first time in South Africa, in Cape Town, the gateway to Africa near to the meeting point of two oceans. Cape Town is perched between the oceans and Table Mountain, with a National Park as its heart. Cape Town is steeped in a rich history and is a cultural melting pot with its diverse and vibrant character being derived from the influences of the many peoples making up this 'rainbow nation'.  A recent poll rated Cape Town the best city holiday destination worldwide and our numbers are limited so book early!

Average Climate Information for Cape Town. (From South African Weather Service)


The conference venue is the University of Cape Town's Breakwater Campus, housing its Graduate Business School. It is a minute away from restaurants, pubs, theatres and shops, perfectly positioned next to  Victoria and Alfred Waterfront development, an exciting and stimulating tourist area. It is in easy reach of main routes to the beaches, mountain walks, city hotspots, and airport. An historical building and former gaol, it has been remodelled with the latest equipment and purpose-built lecture rooms. Refreshment breaks and a publishers’ exhibition will be in the lobby and we will take our buffet lunches in the Stonebreakers Restaurant. Comfortable inexpensive accommodation is available onsite, as well as in a choice of hotels very close by.


When you have finalised your travel plans, you can reserve direct transport from the Airport to your hotel on theTransfer Reservation Form!

Cape Town airport has a wide range of domestic and international links; a guide can be found at Authorised airport taxis and shuttle buses run into the city. Visa information is at, for example,, but check this with your own authorities.

If you require assistance with travel, transfers or want to book additional travel and accommodation in South Africa, Africa Unique conference services will assist you. They will be available throughout the conference. The opportunities for pre- and post-conference tours are boundless, with excellent one-day tours of the Peninsula or nearby winelands or weekend tours to game reserves or the coastal ‘Garden Route’.


The Association homepage is at
and here are some links to explore:

Social Events

On Sunday you can take the opportunity to visit Table Mountain; transport to the foot of the cable car and back is provided. The conference will open on Sunday night with a buffet reception at the Two Oceans Aquarium. On Monday evening we will feast at Africa Café. On Tuesday afternoon there is a visit by ferry to Robben Island with an extended educational tour followed by a drinks reception on our return to the Waterfront. On Wednesday there will be sessions at the University of Cape Town Law School and an excursion to see the outstanding natural beauty of the Cape Peninsula. On Thursday the Annual Dinner will be at at the Neethlingshof Wine Estate, preceded by a tour and tasting. See the descriptions below.

Excursion & Social Events

Africa Café  Enjoy a communal feast to the sound of drumming and take a culinary journey through Africa from north to south. Whether it is finger foods from Malawi or a plate served under a thatched khaya, all African meals are shared. Your table is heaped with a feast of dishes that celebrate the African continent and the dishes are refilled as often as you want. Don’t miss the great shop for Africa Café souvenirs.

Boulders Beach just along the coast from Cape Town is famous for its colony of endangered African penguins. The daily life of these little (50cm tall) penguins can be viewed sometimes from only a few feet away. 

Cape Point  A unique place with sheer sea cliffs at the tip of the Cape Peninsula with a view all the way to the Antarctic! Take the funicular to the old lighthouse and breathe some of the freshest air in the world.

Neethlingshof Wine Estate  A beautiful wine estate in superb countryside on the wine route not far from Stellenbosch, it has superb gardens and is approached down the one kilometre Pine Avenue. The estate began to be farmed in 1692 and produces some of the finest award-winning wines from the Cape.

Robben Island. For nearly 400 years, Robben Island was a place of banishment, exile, isolation and imprisonment. During the apartheid years it became internationally known for its institutional brutality.  Freedom fighters imprisoned on the Island succeeded on a psychological and political level in turning a prison 'hell-hole' into a symbol of freedom, personal liberation and the triumph of the human spirit over enormous hardship and adversity. We are honoured to be hosted by Dr. Ahmed Kathrada, Chairperson of the Robben Island Museum Council and former inmate.

Table Mountain
rises above Cape Town and gives a view in fine weather of two oceans, the Indian and the Atlantic. The top is approximately 3km wide, and at its highest point rises to 1085m. Over the centuries it has become one of South Africa's most famous landmarks.

Two Oceans Aquarium
is a new and exciting building housing 9 major galleries which explore the habitats surrounding the southernmost tip of Africa. Our welcome reception will be alongside the massive Predator Exhibit and you will be free to walk around the other exhibits with helpful staff on hand. The Aquarium is located on the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, a short walk from the conference venue.


Registration and accommodation:

Yvonne Beatty, Africa Unique,

P.O.Box 364, Fourways, South Africa 2055

Tel & Fax: +27 (0)11 708 4706

Mobile: +27 (0)82 676 6203


Local Organising Committee

(Programme and speakers)

Amanda Barratt, Law Librarian

University of Cape Town,

Tel: +27 (0)21 650 2671



Daphne Burger, Lexinfo,

Tel: +27 (0)82 6908890

Fax: +27 (0)21 674 4320


(Social arrangements)

Olwyn Garratt, Information Officer,

Fairbridge, Arderne & Lawton,

Tel: +27 (0)21 405 7318

Fax: +27 (0)21 419 5135


Board Liaison

Jules Winterton, Librarian & Deputy Director,

Institute of Advanced Legal Studies,

Tel: +44 (0)20 7862 5884

Fax: +44 (0)20 7862 5850

Final Programme

      • All events are at the Breakwater Campus except where indicated
      • Conference sessions at Breakwater Campus are in Lecture Theatre 1
      • Refreshments, exhibition, and registration are in the atrium near the lecture theatre
      • Lunches are in Stonebreakers Restaurant in Breakwater Lodge
      • Coaches leave Breakwater Lodge at times below, please be there ahead of the time!
  Sunday, Sept. 21
09:30 - 17:00 Registration
11:30 Coaches leave from Breakwater Lodge for Table Mountain cable car station Opportunity to go to the top of Table Mountain, weather permitting (cable car fare not included)
14:00 Coaches return from Table Mountain cable car station to Breakwater Lodge
18:00 - 18:45

History of Cape Town and the Waterfront

Professor Vivian Bickford-Smith, Dept of Historical Studies, University of Cape Town, at the Agfa Auditorium, Two Oceans Aquarium
19:00 - 21:30 Welcome Reception at the Two Oceans Aquarium with exhibits open for viewing (drinks and canapés). Sponsored by Westlaw International
Monday, Sept. 22

8:30 - 09:00


09.00 - 09.15

Formal Opening

Holger Knudsen, President, IALL

Amanda Barratt, Law Librarian, University of Cape Town
09:15 - 10:15

Human rights and democracy - a new global debate: reflections on 10 years of South Africa's Constitutional Court
Judge Kate O’Regan of the Constitutional Court

10:15 - 10:45 Refreshment Break
10.45 - 12.00 Law and Social Change
Judge Dennis Davis, Cape High Court

The South African legal system: an historical introduction
Professor Professor François du Bois, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town
12:00 - 13:00 Buffet Lunch
13:00 - 14:15 Publishers session
14:15 - 14:45 Refreshment Break
14.45 - 17:00 The enforcement of socio-economic rights
Geoff Budlender, Director of the Constitutional Litigation Unit of the Legal Resources Centre

Activism, law and libraries - the struggle for HIV/AIDS medicines
Zackie Achmat, Chairperson, Treatment Action Campaign

International trade agreements: implications for socio-economic rights in Africa
Professor Gerhard Erasmus, Faculty of Law, University of Stellenbosch
18:30 Coaches from Breakwater Lodge to Africa Café
19:00 - 23:00 Dinner at the Africa Café
Sponsored by LexisNexis
 Tuesday, Sept. 23

8:30 - 09:00

Registration desk open. Tea and coffee and biscuits available in the exhibition
9:00 - 10:30 Transforming and working with customary law
Professor Chuma Himonga, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town

Equality issues: legislative recognition of Muslim marriages
Advocate Rashida Manjoo, Gender Commissioner

Land redistribution and the role of the Land Claims Commission
Professor Sam Rugege, Faculty of Law, University of the Western Cape
10:30 - 11:00 Refreshment Break

11:00 - 12:30

Drafting South Africa's first Bill of Rights
Professor Hugh Corder, Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town

Finalising South Africa's Constitution
Professor Christina Murray, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town
12:30 - 13:30 Buffet lunch
13:30 Leave promptly on foot from Breakwater Lodge for the Nelson Mandela Gateway on the Waterfront to take the ferry

14.00 - 18.00

Excursion to Robben Island
Ferry ride to Robben Island from Nelson Mandela Gateway. Guided tour and talk hosted by Dr. Ahmed Kathrada, Chairperson of the Robben Island Museum Council and former inmate
18:00 Sundowner drinks at the Docks Restaurant. Sponsored by Juta Law

Evening at leisure
Optional groups to various restaurants will be arranged - cost of meal not included.
Wednesday, Sept. 24


Coaches from Breakwater Lodge to University of Cape Town Law School

9:15 - 10:00

Changing roles: from Constitutional Court Library to national and African research resource
Sheryl Luthuli, Deputy Director Library Services, SA Constitutional Court Library Ruth Ward, Librarian, Werksmans Attorneys and Consultant to the Court Library
10:00 - 10:45 Refreshment Break in UCT Law Library
Sponsored by University of Cape Town Libraries
10:45 - 11:30 Challenges facing law librarians in Africa – collecting Southern African resources
Panel of law librarians from southern African libraries
11:30 - 12:15 Sources of South African law in print and on-line: a guide to collection development
Amanda Barratt and Dilshaad Brey, University of Cape Town Law Library
12:30 - 18:00 Excursion by coach from UCT Law School along the Cape Peninsula, brown bag lunch included, with stops at Boulders Beach to view the penguin colony and at Cape Point

Evening at leisure

Optional groups to various restaurants will be arranged – cost of meal not included

Thursday, Sept. 25 

08.30 - 09.00 Registration desk open. Tea and coffee and biscuits available in the exhibition

09.00 - 11.00

"Custodians of memory": the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Mrs Mary Burton, TRC Commissioner

Reparations for past wrongs: using the US Alien Torts Claims Act to pursue Southern African claims
Professor Jeremy Sarkin, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of the Western Cape

Policing and preventing human rights abuses in Africa: the Organisation of African Unity and the Africa Union
Dr John Akokpari, Department of Political Studies, University of Cape Town

11.00 - 11.30

Refreshment Break
11.30 - 12.15 Annual Members Meeting
12.15 - 13.15 Buffet lunch
13.15 - 14.30 New rights - new laws: legal information in a changing world wide web
Lyonette Louis-Jacques, D'Angelo Law Library, University of Chicago Law School

Intellectual property law: an African perspective
Dr Colin Darch, University of Cape Town Libraries
16.30 Coaches depart for a drive through the Cape winelands to Neethlingshof Wine Estate for wine tasting and tour
19.00 - 22.00 IALL Annual Dinner at Neethlingshof Wine Estate. Sponsored by HeinOnline

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