Prof Richard Calland is Associate Professor in the Public Law Department at the University of Cape Town. Prof Richard Calland teaches constitutional and human rights law, and some administrative law. His specializes in the law and practice of the right to access to information and whistleblowing protection; in administrative justice; in public ethics; and in constitutional design – largely derived from his work as programme manager of the Political Information & Monitoring Service at Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA) – the leading democracy think tank in Africa – which he led from its inception in 1995 until 2003. In 2000, he founded the Open Democracy Advice Centre (ODAC), a law centre based in Cape Town, which promotes the ‘right to know’, advising whistleblowers, advocating law reform and taking test case litigation on access to information.
Prof Richard Calland continues to play a role at Idasa as Acting Manager of the Economic Governance Programme that was initiated in January 2007, and serves as part-time Executive Director of ODAC. He is a member of the Transparency Task team of the Institute for Public Dialogue at Columbia University, which is led by Professor Joseph Stiglitz. Professor Calland has in recent years served as an expert consultant to the Carter Center, the foundation led by former US President Jimmy Carter, advising on various transparency projects in Bolivia, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Peru and Mali. In South Africa, Prof Richard Calland writes a fortnightly political column for the Mail and Guardian newspaper, ‘Contretemps’, and is a regular commentator in the media. In 2005, he spent two terms at Cambridge University, as a visiting scholar at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law.
In 2006, Prof Richard Calland spent a month as a visiting lecturer in constitutional law at the law department of Meiji University, Tokyo. Before coming to South Africa in 1994, Calland practiced law at the London Bar (called in 1987 at Lincoln’s Inn). He holds an LLM from the University of Cape Town, a Diploma in World Politics from the London School of Economics and an BA(Hons) Law from the University of Durham.
Prof Richard Calland has for over twenty years been working in the fields of democratic governance and sustainable development in South Africa and beyond. Based at the University of Cape Town (UCT), where he is Associate Professor in Public Law, he built and led its Democratic Governance & Rights Unit from 2007-2016. Prof Richard Calland specializes in freedom of information law and serves as a member of the Independent Access to Information Appeals Board of the World Bank. In the past, he has advised the governments of Mali, Peru, Nicaragua, Bolivia and Jamaica on transparency law reform and policy, and the Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST) on matters of governance and multi-stakeholder process. In 2015, he was retained by the US Securities Exchange Commission as an expert witness in its prosecution of Hitachi under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Prof Richard Calland is a Fellow of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and has been a member of faculty on a series of strategic leadership programmes for, amongst others, the World Bank, the African Development Bank, PWC, Nedbank, Namdeb, Network Rail and Tata. He is also the co-director of the niche organisation, the African Climate Finance Hub, supporting governments and multilateral organisations in Africa on issues relating to access and use of climate finance.
Prof Richard Calland is a retained adviser on governance and politics to Massmart/Walmart and regularly gives political risk analysis to the clients of investment banks such as UBS and Citi, and is a founding partner of The Paternoster Group: African Political Insight. In 2005, he spent two terms at Cambridge University, as a visiting scholar at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law. In 2006, he spent a month as a visiting lecturer in constitutional law at the Faculty of Law at Meiji University, Tokyo. He holds an LLM from the University of Cape Town, a Diploma in World Politics from the London School of Economics and a BA(Hons) Law from the University of Durham. Prof Richard Calland is a regular commentator in the media and his political column has been carried in the Mail & Guardian newspaper since 2001. Author of Anatomy of South Africa (2006) and The Zuma Years (2013), Calland’s latest book on politics, Make or Break: How the next three years will shape South Africa’s next three decades
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Anatomy of South Africa: Who Holds the Power? Zebra Press. October 2006.
Prizing Open the Profit Making World in Florini A. (ed). The Right to Know: Transparency for an Open World. Columbia University Press: 2007.
Democracy in the Time of Mbeki: Idasa's Democracy Index. Co-editor (with Paul Graham). IDASA. April 2005.
Whistleblowing Around the World: Law, Culture & Practice. Co-editor (with Guy Dehn). Open Democracy Advice Centre & Public Concern at Work. April 2004.
The Right to Know, The Right to Live: Access to Information & Socio-economic Justice. Co-editor (with Alison Tilley). Open Democracy Advice Centre. October 2002.
Thabo Mbeki's World: The Politics & Ideology of the South African President. Joint Co-editor (with Sean Jacobs). University of Natal Press/Zed Books. September 2002.
Real Politics: The Wicked Issues with Sean Jacobs and Greg Power. British Council: December 2001.
The First Five Years: A Review of South Africa's First Democratic Parliament. Editor. IDASA: September 1999.
The Democracy Index with Robert Mattes in In the Balance? Debating the State of Democracy in South Africa. Paul Graham & Alice Coetze (eds). IDASA. May 2002
Democratic Government: South African Style, 1994-99 in Election \'99, Edited by Andrew Reynolds, David Phillips/James Currey, Cape Town/London: August 1999
State Ethics and Executive Accountability in Pulse: Passages in Democracy-Building: Assessing South Africa's Transition Idasa, August 1998
Tough on Crime and Strong on Human Rights: The Challenge for all of us. With Thabani Masuku. Law, Democracy & Development; UWC. June 2001
Parliament and the socio-economic imperative – what is the role of the national legislature with Mandy Taylor, Law, Democracy & Development, vol. 1, Nov. 1997, Butterworths in association with the Social Law Project & Community Law Centre at the University of Western Cape
The face of power in South Africa is rapidly changing – for better and for worse. The years since Thabo Mbeki was swept aside by Jacob Zuma’s ‘coalition of the wounded’ have been especially tumultuous, with the rise and fall of populist politicians such as Julius Malema, the terrible events at Marikana, and the embarrassing Guptagate scandal. What lies behind these developments? How does the Zuma presidency exercise its power? Who makes our foreign policy? What goes on in cabinet meetings? What is the state of play in the Alliance – is the SACP really more powerful than before? And, as the landscape shifts, what are the opposition’s prospects?
In The Zuma Years, Richard Calland attempts to answer these questions, and more, by holding up a mirror to the new establishment; by exploring how people such as Malema, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko have risen so fast; by examining key drivers of transformation in South Africa, such as the professions and the universities; and by training a spotlight on the toxic mix of money and politics. The Zuma Years is a fly-on-the-wall, insider’s approach to the people who control the power that affects us all. It takes you along the corridors of government and corporate power, mixing solid research with vivid anecdote and interviews with key players. The result is an accessible yet authoritative account of who runs South Africa, and how, today.
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