Frome 16-18 November 2017, a number of staff members from the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI) are in New York at New York University’s Kimmel Centre, co-hosting a workshop with the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) entitled Seeking Justice in Adversity: Voices from South Africa and the United States. The aim of the workshop, which is funded by the Bertha Foundation, is to bring together lawyers, activists, and academics from the United States and South Africa to consider the use of law to protect and enhance the political spaces necessary to protect basic civil rights, and defend hard-won socio-economic rights gains made in the recent past.
The workshop aims to build alliances across the United States and South Africa, and to provide the opportunity to learn from experiences of struggle across the two jurisdictions. It also aims to facilitate the development of a shared vocabulary to consider the similarities and differences between South Africa and the United States’ experiences of systemic racism and violence. Finally, the workshop aims to build strategies and tactics that will enable further action by movements and movement lawyers.