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IFF Working Paper Online - Publication of Prof. Nico Steytler

The Institute of Federalism is delighted to publish its IFF Working Paper Online Number 1, written by Professor Nico Steytler on «The constitutional conversation between the federal structure and a bill of rights».

Nico Steytler is Senior Professor of Law and Director at the Community Law Centre of the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. He was conferred an honorary doctorate on 14 November 2012 by the Law Faculty of the University of Fribourg for his outstanding performance in research, teaching, training and consulting.

The Community Law Centre, founded in 1990, plays a key role in implementing the South African Constitution of 1994. It also supports democratisation and decentralisation processes in other southern African countries and undertakes important tasks to support young academics. Prof. Nico Steytler is involved in numerous South African government projects aimed at strengthening good governance. He is particularly active in a programme promoting targeted education and training for local authority employees. Steytler is recognised around the world as an expert in constitutional law, human rights, federalism and decentralisation. Moreover, Steytler has presided over the International Association of Centres for Federal Studies (IACFS) since 2008. The IACFS strengthens networks between university institutes active in federalism, decentralisation and protection of minorities. Currently, Nico Steytler is also appointed by the United Nations Department of Political Affairs as expert to support the Yemeni Constitution Drafting Committee.

Steytler has several ties to the Law Faculty of the University of Fribourg and in particular to the Institute of Federalism. On various occasions he has worked on the Institute’s educational programmes, particularly on the Summer University and the Practitioner’s Course. >