CARMEL RICKARD: Child abusers prevail

Diplomatic immunity trumps even the rights of children to safety, two recent judgments in the UK suggest

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CARMEL RICKARD: More than just a klap

In a recent ruling, Namibia's Supreme Court lambastes laggardly public servants, whose inaction has stymied attempts to wind up a company

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CARMEL RICKARD: No free pass

The doctrine of immunity for foreign state entities, particularly as concerns commercial or employment matters, is slowly being eroded in law

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CARMEL RICKARD: Righting past wrongs in Namibia

Restitution is on the cards for Namibia as a former colonial ruler promises compensation and unjust laws against gay men look to be scrapped

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CARMEL RICKARD: Reminder of SA’s former ruling role in Namibia

SA’s historical administration of Namibia has been in the spotlight at the Windhoek high court, in a case involving a couple married in SA in the 1980s

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CARMEL RICKARD: Spirit of Madiba hovers over Kenya and Zimbabwe

The governments of Kenya and Zimbabwe could take a lesson from Nelson Mandela when it comes to upholding the rule of law

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CARMEL RICKARD: Why conflict of interest laws are vital

A Kenyan case, where a senator who is a lawyer represented someone accused of fleecing the state, reveals why conflict of interest laws are so vital

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CARMEL RICKARD: Gandhi’s legacy, revisited

A court battle over a proposed statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Malawi has turned on whether the Indian liberation hero held racist views

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CARMEL RICKARD: Kenya shows SA the way on judiciary

When Kenya’s Judicial Service Commission hit a snag, it acted promptly and decisively. It’s a far cry from its foot-dragging counterpart in SA

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CARMEL RICKARD: Ordeal by giant ego

SA's JSC is badly in need of reform to curtail the inquisitorial grandstanding and point-scoring, and sharpen its approach to disciplinary matters

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CARMEL RICKARD: Chief justice ructions

Three African countries are shortly due to select new chief justices. The process — and transparency — of appointment couldn’t be more different

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CARMEL RICKARD: Why employers need sexual harassment policies

Two cases in Malawi highlight the importance of companies having mechanisms in place to deal with sexual harassment in the workplace

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CARMEL RICKARD: SA’s social ills on trial

A deportation case in the UK has turned the spotlight on SA — particularly its high levels of violence and floundering health-care system

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CARMEL RICKARD: The price of principle causes ructions in Uganda’s Supreme Court

A ruling on the Ugandan presidential election results has caused ructions in the country’s Supreme Court

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CARMEL RICKARD: Mogoeng’s considered opinion

Chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng is not the only judge to be censured for expressing controversial personal views on a public platform

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CARMEL RICKARD: Abuse and misconduct in Malawi

An SA legal team was unable to take part in legal action in Malawi due to Covid. But it turns out that the procurement process was itself problematic

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