AdJASA 2019 conference

AdJASA hosted its 2019 conference from 5 to 6 March 2019 at Foxwood House, Houghton, Johannesburg.

The conference theme was ‘Administrative justice in and beyond the courts’ and speakers explored a range of topics under this broad theme from procedural fairness in commissions of inquiry to ombuds institutions, internal remedies and judicial review as well as various administrative decision-making tools.

The conference was opened by Tax Ombudsman Judge Bernard Ngoepe, who, along with Prof Thabo Legwaila, Dr Carika Fritz and Adv Hanyana Eric Mkhawane, reflected on administrative justice in the context of tax administration.

Adv Mkhawane (CEO Tax Ombud Office), Judge Ngoepe (Tax Ombudsman), Dr Fritz (UP), Prof Legwaila (UJ), Prof Quinot (AdJASA President)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 started with a panel discussion on ombud institutions with panelists Adv Kevin Malunga, Deputy Public Protector of South Africa, and Adv Neville Melville, former Ombudsman for Banking Services as well as former Consumer Goods and Services Ombudsman, moderated by Prof Cora Hoexter. Adv Malunga’s remarks can be downloaded here.

Adv Melville, Prof Hoexter, Adv Malunga

 

The keynote address was given by Prof Thuli Madonsela, Law Faculty Trust Chair of Social Justice at Stellenbosch University and former Public Protector of South Africa.

A range of further panels explored various aspects of administrative justice, both inside and outside the courts. The topics covered included

  • Administrative justice in and through extra-judicial mechanisms
  • Instruments in administrative decision-making
  • Judicial review around PAJA – Reflections on Gijima and friends
  • Challenges in judicial review

Adv Carol Steinberg and Adv Frances Hobden reflecting on their experience of procedural fairness in the context of commissions of inquiry.

 

A panel that focused on instruments in administrative decision-making: Mr Ron Grace (NRF), Prof Jonathan Klaaren (Wits), Ms Silke de Lange (SU), Dr Allison Anthony (UNISA), Prof Michael Kidd (UKZN)

 

Focusing on recent judgments of the Constitutional Court in administrative law: Adv Kate Hofmeyr (Jhb Bar), Dr Allison Anthony (UNISA), Prof Geo Quinot (SU), Adv Mithcell de Beer (Cape Bar), Prof Cora Hoexter (Wits)

 

Focusing on challenges in judicial review: Prof Michael Kidd (UKZN), Mr Ushir Ahir (Hogan Lovells) and Mr Wandisile Mandlana (Bowmans)

 

 

The full programme is attached.