(South Africa Reading Group) Remorse as Ethical Encounter and the Impossibility of Repair

november 2021

wed03nov1:00 pm2:00 pm(South Africa Reading Group) Remorse as Ethical Encounter and the Impossibility of Repair Event Organized By: Racial Justice Project

Event Details

Join us for a virtual panel discussion with guest speakers Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, University of Stellenbosch and Professor Ruti Teitel, New York Law School. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Penelope Andrews, New York Law School.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. EDT

Zoom link will be sent via email before the event.

New York Law School Racial Justice Project; South Africa Reading Group; and South African National Research Chair in Violent Histories and Transgenerational Trauma, Stellenbosch University


Professor Penelope Andrews joined New York Law School in January 2019 where she teaches comparative and international law courses. She also serves as Co-Director of NYLS’s Racial Justice Project, focusing on international and South African issues. Professor Andrews began her teaching career at La Trobe University in Australia, where she taught for eight years, before moving to the CUNY School of Law, where she taught public international law, gender and law, race and law, comparative law, and torts for 15 years. She has also held visiting appointments at law schools across the U.S. and internationally.  From 2016 to 2018, Professor Andrews served as the first Black dean at the University of Cape Town Faculty of Law and, from 2012 to 2015, she served as the first female dean of Albany Law School.  Professor Andrews is active in international collaborative research and mentoring networks and is committed to ensuring the relevance of law and society scholarship to global academic communities. She is an editor of the International Journal of Law in Context, the Human Rights and the Global Economy E-Journal, and the African Law E-Journal.  She has also published several books and articles that focus on comparative constitutional law, gender and racial equality, human rights, the judiciary, and legal education. 


Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela holds the South African National Research Chair in Violent Histories and Transgenerational Trauma. Her work focuses mainly on two strands of research. The first is exploring ways in which the impact of the dehumanizing experiences of oppression and violence continues to play out in the next generation in the aftermath of historical trauma. For her second research area, she expands her earlier work on the relationship between remorse and forgiveness and probes the role of empathy more deeply by engaging a perspective that makes transparent the interconnected relationship among empathy, Ubuntu and the embodied African phenomenon of inimba—a Xhosa word that loosely translated means “umbilical cord”. The goal is to find a richer, deeper and more complex understanding of empathy that takes into account an African knowledge archive.  Her recent honours include: fellowship at the Harvard Radcliffe Institute as the 2020-2021 Walter Jackson Bate Fellow; Honorary Doctor of Laws from Rhodes University (2019), and Honorary Doctor of Theology from the Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena, Germany (2017). Since 2017, she has been serving as Research Advisor and Global Scholar at Queen’s University, Belfast, affiliated with the Senator George Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice. 

Professor Ruti Teitel is an internationally recognized authority on international law, international human rights, transitional justice, and comparative constitutional law.  She is the Ernst C. Stiefel Professor of Comparative Law at New York Law School, Co-Director of the Center for International Law, and Director of the Institute for Global Law, Justice, and Policy. She was a Straus Fellow at New York University Law School’s Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law and Justice from 2012 to 2013.  Her path-breaking book, Transitional Justice, examines the twentieth century transitions to democracy in many countries. Born in Argentina, Professor Teitel’s interest in the topic grew out of the dilemmas confronting that society in the transition out of junta rule. The book explores the recurring question of how new regimes should respond to past repression, contending that the law can play a profound role in periods of radical change in advancing a new sense of legitimacy.  Professor Teitel has also written Globalizing Transitional Justice, which provides observations and insights on how the practice and discourse of transitional justice has been evolving, especially in relation to the rise of international criminal law and the increasing centrality of international human rights. Her book, Humanity’s Law, explores a paradigm shift in international affairs.