Course date: 15 - 19 May 2017
The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, is hosting a one-week intensive short course on judicial enforcement of socio-economic rights in Africa from 15 to 19 May 2017.
Graduate Centre, University of Pretoria Main Campus
About the Course
The aim of the course on Judicial Enforcement of Socio- Economic Rights in Africa is to provide participants with a critical understanding of the possibilities of and problems associated with judicial enforcement of socio-economic rights in Africa. During the one-week intensive course, training is provided to practitioners, policy-makers, scholars and students on national and international litigation of socio-economic rights.
Topics may include the following:
- Conceptual issues on judicial enforcement of socio-economic rights
- Judicial enforcement of socio-economic rights in South Africa
- International adjudication of socio-economic rights
- African courts and the enforcement of socio-economic rights
- Equality and socio-economic rights
- Litigation strategy and policy impact
- Litigation in broader context: Legitimacy and effectiveness
- Latin American courts and the enforcement of socio-economic rights
- India and other comparative case law
- Non-state actors and international accountability
- Practical exercises/assignments
The aim of the course on Judicial Enforcement of Socio-Economic Rights in Africa is to provide participants with a critical understanding of the possibilities of and problems associated with judicial enforcement of socio-economic rights in Africa. During the one-week intensive course, training is provided to practitioners, policy-makers, scholars and students on national and international litigation of socio-economic rights.
As this is a high-level course, in particular practitioners working in the field of socio-economic rights in Africa, judicial officers, postgraduate students researching in this area, government officials responsible for relevant issues and members of civil society groups experienced in and engaged with the issues should apply. Applicants from all around the world are invited. However, the course will have a particular African focus. Applicants from African countries are therefore in particular encouraged to apply.
The deadline for applications is 7 May 2017.
The course fee is ZAR 3 000.00. This fee covers tuition, course materials, teas and lunch for the duration of the course. The fee excludes transport and accommodation costs.
A limited number of scholarships are available. Applicants must indicate on the online application form whether they wish to apply for a scholarship and provide sufficient motivation substantiating
why they require financial assistance.
Applicants should also indicate whether they would still like to be considered for admittance in the event that they are not granted a scholarship.
Lecturers on the course will include experts in the field, such as:
- Malcolm Langford, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights;
- Prof Danie Brand, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria;
- Dr Gustav Miller, Rhodes University, South Africa;
- Justice Zak Yacoob, retired Judge, Constitutional Court of South Africa
- Prof Jackie Dugard, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa;
- Prof Ann Skelton, Director, Centre for Child Law, University of Pretoria;
- Dr Nicholas Orago, University of Nairobi Law School, Kenya;
- Amar Mahadew, University of Mauritius;
- Prof Christopher Mbazira, Makerere University and
- Prof Frans Viljoen, Director, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria
Global School on Socio-Economic Rights Adjudication
This short course forms part of the recently created initiative, the Global School on Socio-economic Rights Adjudication, jointly launched by:
- Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo, Norway
- Institute for Human rights, Åbo Akademi University, Finland
- Chair in Human rights, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
- Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa
- University of Los Andes, Colombia
- National Judicial Academy, Nepal
- Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Centre for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University USA
How to apply
Applicants can only apply online. Please note that a high proficiency in English is required to attend these courses. All lectures and materials are in English. To apply, please visit:
Electronic copies of the following documents must be uploaded when applying online:
- Curriculum Vitae
- One Letter of Recommendation
- Employer’s authorisation (where applicable)
- Academic Records (students only)
Reading list (2012)
- Reading list as prescribed by Mr Khulekhani Moyo:
- Reading list as prescribed by Prof Sandra Liebenberg:
- S. Liebenberg Socio-Economic Rights Adjudication under a Transformative Constitution (2010) Juta& Co: chapter 4
- Government of RSA v Grootboom& Others 2001 (1) SA 46 (CC)
- Minister of Health v Treatment Action Campaign 2002 (5) SA 721 (CC) ·
- Occupiers of 51 Olivia Road v City of Johannesburg 2008 (3) SA 208 (CC) ·
- Mazibuko v City of Johannesburg 2010 (4) SA (CC) [focus mainly on the free basic water aspects of the argument]
- Reading list as prescribed by Dr Cesar Rodriguez Garavito:
- Reading list as prescribed by Dr Jackie Dugard:
- Reading list as prescribed by Dr Cephas Lumnia: