PROJECT: Responsible Investment within Pension Funds – Centre for Applied Legal Studies

Dear All,
Please see below an exciting new project.

In brief: The Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS), based at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa,  is seeking 2 to 3 students to work on a project undertaking comparative research examining responsible investment within pension funds from both a South African and an international perspective.

The purpose of this project is to produce a comprehensive research report with a particular focus on the following areas:

  • the development of the international trend towards responsible investment;
  • comparative analysis of legislation from a range of comparable jurisdictions;
  • examples of “best practice” internationally;
  • an examination of the South African legislation for Pension Fund Managers and examples of Pension Fund Management which meet/do not meet the criteria (if possible);
  • possible areas of litigation where Pension Funds do not meet the international and domestic responsible investment requirements.

The findings of this report will be used to support the production of a further report by CALS on responsible investment in South Africa, which will outline requirements for Pension Fund Managers, and will be used as a measure of “best practice”. It may also be used in possible litigation for Pension Fund Managers who fail to comply with this practice.

Students will engage with CALS’ staff throughout the research project through email and telecons where necessary.

Commitment:

Approximately 75 hours of work in total to be split between 2-3 students depending on schedules/ availability.

It is desirable but not essential for students to have a background in the areas of economics/ finance and human rights and South African law/ politics.

Deadlines:

Draft for middle of November 2013, and a finished report for the end of December 2013.

Please email us at soas@banyan-advocates.co.uk detailing your availability and interest in the project, with the name of the project in the subject line. Please also attach a CV.

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