Disability Rights Unit
The Disability Rights Unit is committed to finding evidence-based ways of addressing the rights of persons with disabilities on the African continent. This includes conducting research on international disability rights standards and instruments, building capacity among governments, national human rights institutions, academia, civil society and communities, and engaging with judicial, quasi-judicial and non-judicial redress mechanisms.
Implementation & Litigation Unit
The aim of the Implementation and Litigation Unit is to examine the factors which impact on human rights law implementation by nine states across Europe (Turkey, Georgia, Czech Republic), Africa (Cameroon, Algeria and Tanzania) and Americas (Colombia, Guatemala, Canada).
International Development Law Unit
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.
Race and Common Citizenship Unit
The Unit is established to serve as a forum for providing multi-disciplinary education about race with the objective of promoting the values of equality, human dignity and common citizenship on African continent and more particularly in a South African context.
Freedom from Violence Unit
The Unlawful Killings Unit, now referred to as the Violence Unit was established in 2014 to research the incidence of unlawful killings across the African continent, working within the Centre for Human Rights and the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa. Unlawful killings, in this context, are taken to include any killings that violate the right to life and hence are contrary to international law.
Established in May 2016, the SOGIESC Unit’s mandate is to advocate for and work towards equality inclusion non-discrimination, non-violence, and non-heterosexism for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, and asexual persons (LGBTIQ+ persons).
The Advocacy Unit uses diverse strategies to advocate and campaign for specific human rights issues around Africa. The unit uses photo exhibitions, short films, street marches, social media engagement and more to mobilise communities in demanding for the respect and protection of human rights.
Women's Rights Unit
The Unit approaches Women's Rights issues holistically and therefore also includes in its work the protection of the rights of sexual minority groups. It also realises the importance of inter-disciplinary considerations of women's and gender issues and therefore draws from disciplines such as sociology, anthropology in addition to (human rights) law.