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TLI Seminar Series: Title: ‘The Marikana massacre in South Africa’ Lecture...

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Transnational Law Institute Seminar Series - Autumn Semester 2017/18

Speakers: Athandiwe Saba (award-winning South African journalist), Kathleen Hardy (lawyer at the Marikana Commission and involved with subsequent civil claims from victims and survivors) and Robyn Leslie(Discussant) (PhD Candidate, School of Law, King’s College London): ‘The Marikana massacre in South Africa’

Time and Venue: Monday 5pm -7pm, Moot Court Room SW 1.18 (unless otherwise specified)

Convened by: Dr Nicola Palmer, Dr Liliane Mouan and Robyn Leslie

This semester the Transnational Law Seminar Series will explore the shifts in the locus of criminal accountability for international and transnational crimes. In international criminal law, there are notable moves towards domestic and regional criminal courts and a recent re-introduction of the potential for hybrid criminal courts in Syria, the Central African Republic and South Sudan. At the same time, the debates around who should have to account for their actions are broadening with states, corporations and shareholders included in a frame that has historically focused on senior military, political and religious leaders. This seminar series explores the changes that are happening in the law and interrogates the specific actors involved in these shifts in the location of criminal accountability. It includes lawyers, anthropologists, political scientists and journalists in a wide-ranging exchange on the actors, norms and processes at play.

Abstract: The Marikana Massacre: The human price for the failures of state and corporate responsibility

Forty-four people were murdered, over the course of in seven days, in a remote, dusty and platinum rich area in South Africa in August 2012. This massacre which took place on the Lonmin Mining PLC’s grounds – the worst in post-Apartheid South Africa - saw corporate interests outweighing both human dignity and human rights. To this day, there has been no accountability from London Mining PLC nor from the South African government. This paper will delve into the circumstances which led to the massacre, and will include a critical analysis of the responsibility of the London Mining PLC (Lonmin) to their workers, highlighting its inadequate management of brewing discontent inside its labour force. The presentation will also discuss how South African state failed to implement regulatory procedures in mining law, and the difficulties with finding accountability within in the mining sector, considering the close relationships between Lonmin and the South African state.

There will be a film screening about the 'The Marikana massacre' after the lecture. We will be having a slight break for 20-30 minutes to allow people to grab refreshments and then start the film screening from 7.30pm.

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