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School of Law

Dr Nirmala Pillay

Dr Nirmala Pillay

Publications

Book

Welhengama G, Pillay N. 2014. The rise of tamil separatism in Sri Lanka: From communalism to secession :1-262 9780203797181 >DOI

Pillay N. 1998. Gadamer's Philosophical Hermeneutics Human Sciences Reserach Council. Pretoria

Journal article

Pillay N. 2014. The Rule of Law and the New Egyptian Constitution Liverpool Law Review, 35 :135-155 >DOI

Welhengama G, Pillay N. 2013. Minorities' claim to secession by virtue of the right to self-determination: Asian perspectives with special reference to kosovo and Sri Lanka Nordic Journal of International Law, 82 :249-282 >DOI

Pillay N. 2002. The Significance of Gadamer's Hermeneutics for Cross-Cultural Understanding South African Journal of Philosophy, 21 :330-344

Pillay N, Prinsloo . 1997. Tradition in Transition? Customary Law in the South African Interim Constitution Acta Juridica, 3

Pillay N. 1991. Human Rights in south Africa - a Survey Information Update,

Pillay N. New Challenges to Education Woord en Daad,

Chapters

Pillay N. 2012. Egypt and Extraordinary Rendition: The impact of democratic change in Egypt on the status of torture as a peremtory norm Panara C, Wilson G. The Arab Spring: New Patterns for Democracy and International Law Brill. Leiden and Boston

Pillay N. 2012. Legal Ethics: Lawyers and the Public Interest Feng S, McGettrick B. Professional Ethics: Education for a Humane Society Cambridge Scholars. Newcastle

Pillay N. 2007. Human Rights, Religion and Western Civilisation Stenhouse J. Christianity in the Post Secular West ATF Press. Adelaide

Pillay N. 1994. "Socio-Political Rights- Some Contemporary Problems in Human Rights in Historical Prespective" Leighton M. Rights of Man HSRC Publishers. Pretoria

Pillay N. 1994. Church and Society: Some Legal and Constitutional Perspectives Socio-Political Changes and the Challenge to Christianity in South Africa Univesity of South Africa. Pretoria

Report

Pillay N. Gadamer's Philosophical Hermeneutics

Engagement & Impact

Award:

Award title: Excellence in Undergraduate Studies, Awarding body: Race Relations

Award title: PhD Scholarship (University of Leiden, Netherlands), Awarding body: Stichtung Studiefunds, Netherlands

Award title: Goethe Institute Language Scholarship, Awarding body: Goethe Institute Mannheim

Award title: Research Council Grant for MA (Philosophy), Awarding body: Human Sciences Research Council

Award title: Abe Bailey Travel Grant for Student Leadership, Awarding body: Abe Bailey Trust

Award title: Human Sciences Research Council Grant for Honours in Philosophy, Awarding body: Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

Award title: Shell Company Bursary for Outstanding Results in an Undergraduate Degree, Awarding body: Shell Company

Award title: Excellence in undergraduate studies, Awarding body: Race Relations

Conference organisation:

Conference name: Science and Vision International Conference, Position: member of the organising committee

Conference name: Philosophy and Methodology Conference

Conference name: Universities of the New Era: The merging of the Universities of East and West Germany. Lessons for Universities in South Africa - post apartheid, Position: Member of the organising committee

Conference name: All Africa Science and Technology Conference, Position: One of two organisers of this conference

Conference presentation:

Title of presentation: European Responses to the Refugee crisis in the context of European and International Law, Conference title: The Middle East Migration Crisis - Genesis and Response, Place/location of conference: Initiatives of Change and Next Century Foundation: 24 Greencoat Place, London, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Refugees: The Human Rights Challenge and the Scope of Our Obligations, Conference title: Asylum Seekers, Migrants, Refugees and the Challenge of Human Rights, Place/location of conference: King's College London, Strand Street, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Effective Historical Consciousness. A Problem in Philosophy and Methodology, Conference title: Science and Vision, Place/location of conference: HSRC, Pretoria, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Human Rights in South Africa, Conference title: Religion and Justice, Place/location of conference: Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) Harrisonburg, Virginia, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Women and Law in South Africa, Conference title: Democracy and Development, Place/location of conference: Durban, South Africa, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: New Challenges to Education, Conference title: REBSA Education Conference, Place/location of conference: Potchefstroom University, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: The Constitutional Court and a Working Bill of Rights: An evaluation of the Constitutional Court Decision to Abolish the Death Penalty, Conference title: Conference on "The Death Penalty", Place/location of conference: University of Pretoria, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: The Hermeneutical Challenge to Postmodernism, Conference title: Challenges of Postmodern: symposium sponsored by Theology and Religious Studies, Place/location of conference: University of Otago, New Zealand, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Post-modernism and Justice, Conference title: Postmodernism: Sponsered by Gender and Women's Studies, Place/location of conference: University of Otago, New Zealand, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Human Rights, Religion and Western Culture, Conference title: Future of Christainty in the West, Place/location of conference: University of Otago, New Zealand, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: The role of torture in radicalising political opposition in the Middle East, Conference title: Arab Spring: Two years on, Place/location of conference: Liverpool John Moores University, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: The Rights of Refugees and the Obligations of States, Conference title: Asylum Seekers, Refugees and the Challenge of Human Rights, Place/location of conference: Kings College, London, Presentation type: Oral presentation

External collaboration:

Institution: Liverpool Hope University, Collaborator: Teaching and Learning Unit: Production of a Film "Joe Plager writes an Essay" Time management, Plagiarism and Collusion. This is part of a longitudinal study monitoring initiatives taken on the Legal Research Module at LJMU to increase the research skills of students

External committees:

Committee name: Appeals Panel, Organisation: University of Liverpool, Position: member

Committee name: Estates Committee, Organisation: University of Liverpool, Position: member

Committee name: Senior Remuneration Panel, Organisation: University of Liverpool, Position: Member

Committee name: Research Ethics Committee, Organisation: University of Liverpool, Position: Chair

Committee name: Council of the University of Liverpool, Organisation: University of Liverpool, Position: Council Member

Committee name: Board of Trustees, Organisation: Initiatives of Change, International UK Branch (Oxford Group), Position: Trustee

Committee name: Hope Forum for Professional Ethics, Organisation: Liverpool Hope University, Position: Member

Committee name: Cathedral Chapter, Organisation: Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, Position: Lay Member

External PGR examinations performed:

Name of University: University of Otago, New Zealand, Award student examined for: MPhil, Thesis title: The Methodology of Gadamer in Psychology and Religion

Fellowships:

Fellowship title: Visiting Professor, Organisation: Hope College, Michigan

Fellowship title: Visiting Fellow/ Scholar, Organisation: National Law University of India (Bangalore, Mysore)

Fellowship title: Visiting Fellow, Organisation: Princeton Theological Seminary, New Jersey

Media Coverage:

Media coverage: The results of a national research project that gauged attitudes to customary law using qualitative and quantitative methodologies and an investigation into the role of customary law in the South African Constitution, were announced on the SABC national news.

Membership of professional bodies:

member, Society of Legal Scholars

member, Philosophical Society of South Africa, https://philsafrica.wordpress.com/

Other invited event:

Title of event: symposium on Sri Lanka - the way forward, Location: Liverpool Hope University, Description: Government rhetoric after war in Sri Lanka exacerbated ethnic tensions. The roundtable symposium invited Tamil and Sinhalese academics in the social sciences and theology to explore the depths of the rift from the perspective of their disciplines and inform the audience of current government policies.

Title of event: The Constitution and the Interim Bill of Rights in South Africa., Location: Akron, Pennsylvania, Description: Invited speaker to address the Mennonite Central Committee in Akron Pennsylvania on the Bill of Rights in South Africa.

Title of event: Round Table consultation on the preamble of the South African Constitution., Location: Cape Town, Description: Invited delegate with Africa Enterprise on the drafting of the preamble to the South African Constitution. Albie Sachs, nominated by Nelson Mandela to the Constitutional Court of South Africa, made a submission to the drafting committee, on the outcome of the consultation.

Title of event: Invited Speaker "The legislative response to the threat of terrorism in the UK", Location: St Margaret's College, Universtiy of Otago, New Zealand, Description: Public Lecture to the students, staff and associated members of the University of Otago, NZ on changes to the law in the UK in response to the threat of terrorism and the implications for civil liberties.

Title of event: Public Lecture "Jus Cogens as a peremptory norm in International Law with special reference to the resurgence of torture", Location: Hope College, Michigan, Description: Invited Speaker: Public Lecture to the Hope College community of scholars, students, alumni, trustees and members of the public.

Title of event: Invited Speaker: Public Lecture in the Critical Issues Series on the Middle East 2016. "Constitutional REform and the Democratisation in Egypt", Location: Hope College, Michigan, Description: The first public lecture in Hope College's Critical Issues series for 2016. The series focussed on understanding the region; society, politics, constitutional change, human rights and reform initiatives

Other Professional Activity:

Describe the Professional Activities: Academic Advisor for Oxford University Press on the re-publication of a key textbook in Jurisprudence

Describe the Professional Activities: Member of the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS)

Research Grants Awarded:

Stichtung Studiefunds, Hermeneutics and Human Rights, Grant value (£): $ 12 000, Duration of research project: One year

Teaching qualification:

Title of qualification gained: Higher Education Diploma