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Centre of Criminology
The Centre of Criminology (previously the Institute
of Criminology), founded in 1977, aims to initiate,
co-ordinate, and develop research in the broad field of
criminology, and to promote public interest in all aspects
of criminology. The centre’s research programme
focuses primarily on state policing, plural policing, crime
prevention, and environmental security. Teaching support
to the criminology focus falls within the Department of
Public Law and research support is provided by the
centre’s multi-media electronic resource library.
Director: Professor C. Shearing
Institute of Development and
Labour Law
The Institute of Development and Labour Law was
established in 1996 through the merger of the Labour
Law Unit and the Institute of Development Law. The
institute plays a leading role in development and labour
law teaching and research. It is involved with training
courses in South Africa and other countries in Southern
Africa. It also regularly contributes to the training
programmes of other organisations, and collaborates
closely with other leading university centres and NGOs.
Director: Professor R. le Roux
Gender, Health and Justice
Research Unit
The Gender, Health and Justice Research Unit at the
University of Cape Town’s Faculty of Health Sciences
(Division of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology)
conducts progressive research in the area of women’s
rights. Faced with staggering levels of violence
against women in South Africa, the unit is dedicated
to improving access to health and justice services for
survivors of gender-based violence. The unit uses
inter-disciplinary methods from various academic
fields including law, the social sciences, and public
health to contribute to policies and laws, and to
advocate for social justice. Current projects include,
among others, monitoring legislation relating to sexual
and domestic violence, as well as inter-disciplinary
research relating to women in prisons, domestic and
rape homicide, access to post-exposure prophylaxis
after rape, ‘conflicting laws’ and torture in post-conflict
African states.
Director: Associate Professor L. Artz
Acting Director: Dr K. Moult
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Women’s Health Research Unit
The Women’s Health Research Unit (WHRU),
established in 1996 in the School of Public Health and
Family Medicine, is involved in research, teaching,
technical health service support, and advocacy in the
areas of women’s health, and gender and health. It is
made up of a multi-disciplinary team of researchers
with expertise in public health, epidemiology,
sociology, and anthropology. The unit works closely
with the national, Western Cape provincial, and City
of Cape Town departments of Health, as well as with
other academic institutions and NGOs, in sexual,
reproductive, and women’s health. Key research areas
include HIV and reproductive health, gender and HIV,
health systems research (reproductive health), female
cancers, contraception, and termination of pregnancy.
Director: Dr J. Harries
Intellectual Property and Policy
Research Unit
The Intellectual Property (IP) and Policy Research
Unit assists in developing IP law and policy in
Southern Africa and aims to contribute to the
manner in which this topic is treated in emerging
and developing countries throughout the world. The
unit is in a position to become an influential leader
within Southern Africa for research and scholarship
in intellectual property law and policy. It seeks to
explore many issues facing the changing world
of IP and relate these to the needs of society, IP
holders, and consumers. The unit is leading research
projects in areas such as IP rights and innovation,
development, copyright and creative commons,
nanotechnology, and new technologies.
Director: Professor J. Kinderlerer
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