An interview with Ohene Yaw Ampofo-Anti, Program Affiliate at Centre for Financial and Social Rights (CESR)
UCLA Regulation Faculty Alumni Elegance of 2019
When had been you at UCLA and the place did you do your undergraduate research?
I used to be at UCLA from August 2018 till Might 2019 to do an LLM with specializations in Public Passion Regulation and Coverage; and Essential Race Research. Earlier than my LLM, I did an LLB (Bachelor of Rules) on the College of Cape The town from 2009 till 2013.
What’s your present function?
I’m a Program Affiliate. In my function, I supply analysis and advocacy beef up throughout a number of CESR tasks, with a selected focal point on embedding human rights into agendas for financial transformation and strengthening our collaborative paintings round assessing rights achievement.
What used to be your trail to what you might be doing now?
Earlier than becoming a member of CESR I used to be a Regulation Clerk on the Constitutional Court docket of South Africa. As my clerkship used to be coming to an finish, I began in search of jobs within the human rights and advocacy area. I got here around the task ad for CESR within the alternatives segment of an e-mail despatched out through the Promise Institute. I used to be straight away interested in the function as a result of I had all the time had a keenness for (i) socio-economic rights; (ii) the ability of human rights and the legislation to handle socio-economic inequality. As well as, after my stint at UCLA, I used to be fascinated with gaining enjoy in world human rights advocacy. So, the function gave the look of the correct mix of all of the issues I used to be in search of.
What’s a regular day like for you?
Normally, within the morning as much as the early afternoon, I paintings on a selected venture for a number of hours which might range relying at the job handy. As a result of time zone variations, I generally have conferences with colleagues or companions within the overdue afternoon to early night time.
What had been one of the most greatest demanding situations you confronted in attending to the place you might be nowadays?
Once I graduated from UCT, I had two targets I in point of fact sought after to perform. The primary used to be finishing an LLM from a well-ranked Regulation Faculty out of the country. The second one used to be clerking on the Constitutional Court docket of South Africa. Either one of the ones targets took substantial time to perform. I began making use of for LLM programmes in overdue 2015. I used to be approved into a number of excellent faculties however because of monetary constraints I used to be not able to wait any of them. I did then again enquire into the potential for deferral and approved an be offering from one legislation college which introduced me a deferral to this finish. I then deferred my acceptance at that faculty for a 12 months while I carried out for scholarships and investment. Sadly, none of my programs for monetary help had been a hit so I needed to withdraw my position. In opposition to the tip of 2017, I carried out to a number of LLM programmes once more in addition to scholarship and fellowship programmes connected to these legislation faculties. My software to the Sonke Well being & Human Rights Fellowship used to be a hit and that’s how I finished up at UCLA which used to be in fact best possible as a result of my number one hobby in pursuing an LLM used to be to realize experience in vital race principle and intersectionality. In a similar fashion with clerking on the Constitutional Court docket I carried out at least thrice till I controlled to get a spot. So, my recommendation to any legislation scholars in the market is to by no means surrender to your desires and be continual and tenacious.
What has been your favourite venture that you’ve labored on and why is that your favourite?
Throughout my clerking on the Constitutional Court docket, I clerked for Performing Justice Margie Victor. Once I started my clerkship, Pass judgement on Victor used to be writing her judgment for what would transform the landmark resolution of Mahlangu v Minister of Labour which is a ground-breaking judgment at the socio-economic rights of home employees in South Africa. In conjunction with my co-clerks, I used to be in a position to make contributions to her judgment. Being a part of the staff who assisted Justice Victor in writing the bulk judgment used to be in reality a dream come true as it used to be a chance to use my wisdom of vital race principle and intersectionality which I had received while doing my LLM at UCLA. Justice Victor has penned a outstanding judgment which evaluated the gendered poverty that deficient Black Ladies proceed to undergo in post-apartheid South Africa and most significantly absolutely embraced intersectionality as an idea which will have to tell anti-discrimination jurisprudence in South African legislation.