Upcoming Conference: "Living in the Shadow of Catastrophe" by Rieaz Shaik, High Commissioner of South Africa to Canada. (January 24, 2024)

The Centre de recherche en droit public is pleased to invite you to the "Living in the Shadow of Catastrophe" lecture by Rieaz Shaik, South African High Commissioner.


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Practical Informations

When : January 24, 2024, 4h30 PM

Format : Face-to-face and remote

Where : Cyberjustice Laboratory 

Jean-Brillant Building

3200  Jean-Brillant street

H3T 1N8

Montreal, Québec

Speaker's Biography

High Commissioner Rieaz Shaik is South Africa’s envoy to Canada since 2022. Mr Shaik was an anti-apartheid activist, a former student leader, and an active member of African National Congress's (ANC). He has held several senior management positions, both in the private and public sectors: CEO at CorpAfrica (Pty) limited, South Africa's Consul General to Germany, South Africa's Ambassador to the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, Special Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Head of South Africa’s foreign intelligence service, and Group Executive of the Development Bank of Southern Africa.


The CRDP is pleased to welcome His Excellency Rieaz Shaik, South Africa’s High Commissioner to Canada since 2022. The High Commissioner will share his extensive experience in politics, diplomacy, economics and security to analyze current geopolitical tensions, global justice, and strategic (re)-alignments in the international system.   His Excellency Rieaz Shaik will thus identify a series of structural issues that shape contemporary international relations: the Global South’s assertion in global politics, the rise of the BRICS and expansion of its membership, the evolution of South African and Canadian foreign policies, and potential reforms of major international organizations.   The High Commissioner will also discuss the immediate conjuncture. In a much commented on diplomatic move, the Republic of South Africa brought a case against Israel in front of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on 29 December 2023, accusing the latter of genocide in its campaign against Hamas in Gaza. With this initiative, will South Africa manage to confront Israel with regards to the numerous breaches of international humanitarian law identified by many lawyers?

This content has been updated on 11 January 2024 at 12 h 27 min.