The Ambassador of South Africa to the Philippines and a recently retired Associate Justice of the Supreme Court gave special lectures to UA&P students, faculty, and staff as part of the first foundation week celebrations of the School of Law and Governance (SLG) last June 22 to 26.
H.E. Ndateni Agnes Nyamande-Pitso graced the opening of the Nelson Mandela Travelling Exhibit last June 25 prior to giving a talk entitled “Lessons of Decolonization: What Asia Can Learn from South Africa.” The short talk highlighted parallels between South Africa and former colonies in Asia, with Ambassador Nyamande-Pitso stressing the importance of the “decolonization of the mind” as part of the efforts to achieve socio-economic progress beyond colonial roots.
The Mandela Travelling Exhibit featured photographs from the over six decades of Mandela’s public service, providing glimpses into the life of South Africa’s “greatest son” who dismantled the legacy of apartheid in his country. Fourth-year Political Economy students assisted in setting up the exhibit outside Telengtan Hall.
Retired Associate Justice Roberto Abad, on the other hand, delivered a lecture on “Law and Governance in the Justice System” last June 27 at the PLDT Hall. The event marked the first time students from the Political Economy program and the newly established Juris Doctor program came together under SLG. The magistrate’s lecture focused on the reforms being implemented in the Philippine Justice System to combat congestion in courts, improve the hearing and resolution of cases, as well as ensure that the right to bail is equal across social classes.
Faculty members from the Law program who attended the event included former Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento, Pasay RTC Judge Rowena Nieves Tan, and Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals Mario Lopez.
SLG marks its foundation day every June 22, the feast day of Saint Thomas More.
– Josemaria Bassig
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