Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, South Africa
The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, is an internationally recognised university-based institution combining academic excellence and effective activism to advance human rights, particularly in Africa. It aims to contribute to advancing human rights, through education, research and advocacy.
CHR hosts 6th annual Disability Rights in Africa conference
Centre calls on AU member states to recommit to independence of African Commission
29 October 2019
What brings us – states, Commission, civil society, and others – here, to the 63rd session if the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, is our joint pursuit to better protect the rights of Africa’s peoples – in all their diversity.
Centre for Human Rights welcomes African Commission visit as opportunity to clarify South African government’s position on interference with Commission’s independence
05 September 2018
This visit, which takes place from 3 to 8 September 2018, aims to raise awareness about the African human rights system, established under the African Union(AU), and to provide a forum for dialogue about the state of human rights in South Africa.
West African experts call for ratification of Older Persons' Protocol
09 August 2018
Press Statement: The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria in partnership with HelpAge Global Network in Africa and Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa, is organizing Policy Dialogue with Key Government Institutions including the African Union Social Affairs Department responsible for coordination and ratification of the African Union Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Older Persons
Civil society organisations and Trade Unions in South Africa join calls for immediate and decisive action to end violence against women
25 July 2018
Civil society organizations in South Africa comprised of a broad collective of human rights and women’s rights organizations and Trade Unions add their voice to the call for immediate and decisive action towards ending violence against women in South Africa.
Eritrea: UN expert says embracing human rights vital to shape successful future
26 June 2018
The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea expressed concern that patterns of violations identified over the past six years persist, namely arbitrary and incommunicado detention, indefinite military/national service amounting to forced labour and severe restrictions on fundamental freedoms.
Centre for Human Rights & Centre for Child Law call on the government of South Africa to “leave no child behind”
15 June 2018
On 16 June 2018, Africa commemorates the Day of the African Child 2018 under the theme “Leave No Child Behind for Africa’s Development”. This year’s theme aims to target children who are not benefitting from Africa’s growth and development. African countries are challenged to ensure that children are at the centre and not left behind in the drive towards sustainable economic development.
Centre calls on AU member states to recommit to independence of African Commission29 October 2019
Centre for Human Rights welcomes African Commission visit as opportunity to clarify South African government’s position on interference with Commission’s independence05 September 2018
West African experts call for ratification of Older Persons' ProtocolPress Statement (09 June 2018)
Civil society organisations and Trade Unions in South Africa join calls for immediate and decisive action to end violence against womenPress Statement (25 July 2018)
Eritrea: UN expert says embracing human rights vital to shape successful futurePress Statement (26 June 2018)
Centre for Human Rights & Centre for Child Law call on the government of South Africa to “leave no child behind”Press Statement (15 June 2018)
Academic programmes presented by the Centre for Human Rights:
LLM/MPhil in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa
The LLM/MPhil in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa is a prestigious one-year intensive course where 25-30 exceptional individuals spend 6 months in Pretoria and 6 months at one of the 13 partner universities all over Africa.
LLM (International Trade and Investment Law in Africa)
The LLM degree in International Trade and Investment Law in Africa is a higher education and training programme based in, and focused on, Africa with full exposure to the international world of trade and investment.
LLM/MPhil (Sexual & Reproductive Rights in Africa)
The Master's degree (LLM/MPhil) in Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Africa is a two-year programme that is offered as a blended learning course comprising of online interaction and residential block-weeks in Pretoria.
The LLM/MPhil degree in Multidisciplinary Human Rights gives students from various disciplines the opportunity to engage with human rights issues from a number of perspectives. This programme is for lawyers and non-lawyers.
The two-year programme is offered as a hybrid teaching approach comprising online interaction and residential face-to-face weeks in Pretoria. Two face-to-face sessions will be scheduled every year. The first face-to-face session is in December 2018.
The Centre for Human Rights hosts a number of Research Units whose main objectives are to do research in their prospective fields.
Most Units have a short course, a clinical group and a resource database linked to the Unit. Focus areas include freedom of expression and access to information, business and human rights, children's rights, disability rights, women's rights, litigation, race and common citizenship, sexual orientation and gender and identity expression and unlawful killings.
The International Development Law Unit (IDLU) presents the LLM (International Trade and Investment Law in Africa) and its mission is to conduct and promote policy-oriented legal research on international development law topics.
Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa
The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA) aims to become a first port of call for those who wish to engage in legal research and legal reform in Africa involving comparative or international law at the advanced level.