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A Journey through Ethics: A PhD candidate’s perspective
Mon, 16 May 2016 - 14:15

- Valentina Pancieri 

Centre of Criminology’s doctoral student, Valentina Pancieri, reflects on her early encounters with ethics, and offers advice to future students. 


A Game of Horns: Transnational Flows of Rhino Horn
Tue, 10 May 2016 - 14:45

- Annette Hübschle 

Annette's new book is taking on the rhino horn trade and is the result of years researching the industry. Read the book abstract and find a link to download a complete copy here. 


How Sexting is Creating a Safe Space for Curious Millennials
Tue, 10 May 2016 - 12:15

- Melissa Meyer 

Melissa Meyer shares some key findings of her research on Millennial perceptions of, and experiences with, sexting.


Deputy Minister of Social Development indicates commitment to harm-reduction efforts for substance use despite troubles
Thu, 17 Mar 2016 - 11:15

- Simon Howell, 17 March 2016

Simon Howell explains why the speech of South Africa's Deputy Minister for Social Development at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs this week is such a significant step forward for drug policy reform.


Green Violence in the Kruger National Park: A seminar
Thu, 10 Mar 2016 - 17:45

On the 15th March, from 17.30-19.00, the Environmental Security Observatory (ESO)will hosting a seminar, "Green Violence in the Kruger National Park" with guest speaker, Maano Ramutsindela, Prof in Environmental and Geographical Sciences. Prof Mark Shaw will be the respondent.  

UCT hosts United Nations Expert Group on Governing Safer Cities in a Globalised World
Mon, 29 Feb 2016 - 18:15

This week, UCT Centre of Criminology hosts leading global experts in urban security for a United Nations Expert Group to review a UCT authored practical guide to "Governing Safer Cities in a Globalised World".


West Africa’s informal sector obscures criminal economies
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 - 11:00

- An interview with Mark Shaw and Tuesday Reitano by Financial Nigeria magazine, 5th February 2016

In a study commissioned by the OECD on Criminal Economies in West Africa, the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime concludes that reducing or returning IFFs will fail to translate into development benefits for ordinary people if elite corruption remains, and governments show minimal efforts towards providing a broad-based development orientation.


Shedding light on the hidden epidemic of police suicide in South Africa
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 - 10:00

- Grainne Perkins, 3 February 2016

With the rate of police suicide in the South African Police Service at epidemic levels, Centre of Criminology PhD Student, Grainne Perkins, explores why the nomenclature, attitudes and administrative responses to this phenomena need urgently to be addressed.

What to expect as a visiting researcher at the Centre of Criminology of UCT
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 - 09:45

- Amanda Cabrejo Le Roux, 3 February 2016

A visiting scholar from the Sorbonne Law School in Paris reflects on her time at the Centre for Criminology, the benefits of being part of the UCT Community, studying in South Africa and the global perspectives of students and staff.


South African police need more than social media savvy to polish their image
Fri, 08 Jan 2016 - 13:30

- Andrew Faull, 22 January 2016

The South African Police Service (SAPS) is increasingly using social media to bolster its public image.  Post-doctoral Fellow, Andrew Faull, asks whether that is enough to change common public perceptions that police are corrupt and brual?


UCT Summer School: Managing Drugs, Illicit Markets and Global Public Health
Fri, 08 Jan 2016 - 13:30

The Centre for Criminology is proud to launch a new Summer School course joint with the London School of Economics (LSE) that looks at the management of global drug control, the primary societal impacts of illicit markets and organised crime, and the current global framework for countering them. 


Judges Meet Amid South African Student Unrest ( - 26 Oct 2016)
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 - 21:15

By Carmel Rickard

Cape Town — Twenty African High Court judges have had a taste of South Africa's complex political reality: their human rights training course was hurriedly moved after student protests closed the University of Cape Town (UCT) campus.

The judges, in South Africa to examine how to apply international human rights law in appropriate decisions, came from 10 different African countries for the event, presented by the UCT-based Judicial Institute for Africa (Jifa).

Though they should have met for their discussions in the law faculty's Kramer building, organisers moved the workshop off campus for the first few days due to the continuing protests that saw the campus, like others in South Africa, closed for classes.

In the course of the workshop, the judges were thrown even further into the South African situation by the hypothetical cases they were asked to consider, several of which related directly to dramatic events unfolding in the host country.