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International Law Conference Reflecting On the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Steve Kahanovitz

Steve Kahanovitz works at South Africa’s premier public interest law group the Legal Resources Centre.  After many years representing clients facing an oppressive apartheid state, his primary work since the adoption of a democratic Constitution with its Bill of Rights has been in the realisation of socio economic rights on behalf of the LRC’s poor clients.  Several of these cases have become important precedent setting cases in relation to housing and evictions including cases setting out the procedural requirements for eviction (Cape Killarney Property (Pty) Ltd v Mahamba & Others 2001(4) SA1222 SCA); requiring the City of Cape Town to spell out a new housing policy as its then policy did not meet constitutional requirements (City of Cape Town v Neville Rudolph & 49 Others 2004(5) SA39 CPD);  that houses of poor people may not be attached and sold in respect of debts incurred (Jaftha & Another v Schoeman & Others 2005(2) SA140 CC).  Recently he has been the instructing attorney representing the 20 000 strong community at Joe Slovo who are resisting an eviction application brought by the Minister of Housing who wishes to develop houses on the current site that they occupy.  Judgement is still awaited from the Constitutional Court.  He has often acted as the attorney for amici in the Constitutional Court particularly for the Centre of Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) and for the Community Law Centre of the University of the Western Cape.  He is a graduate of the University of Cape Town (BA);  the University of the Witwatersrand (LLB) and the London School of Economics (LLM).  He has also been a visiting fellow at Harvard and NYU Law Schools and taught briefly at the University of Maryland at Baltimore.


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