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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.

Latest news

Press Statement
Press Statement
The Centre Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria calls on the Senegalese government to Protect Digital Rights
Civil Society Organisations and National Human Rights Institutionscall for more transparency and announce new initiatives on the nomination and selection of members of human rights mechanisms in Africa
New Episode on Africa Rights Talk
New Episode on Africa Rights Talk
Breaking Chains: Unmasking the Shadows of Sex Trafficking: Part 1
#WorldRadioDay2024
#WorldRadioDay2024
A Century Informing, Entertaining, and Educating
UN Independent Commission
UN Independent Commission
on the Occupied Palestinian Territory visits the Centre for Human Rights
Engagement with Media and Civil Society
Engagement with Media and Civil Society
on Access to Information and the 2024 Elections in South Africa
Call for Papers
Call for Papers
The Centre invites submissions for articles and case discussions proposing to make ground-breaking contributions to the human rights discourse in Africa.
Call for Papers ADRY 2024
Call for Papers ADRY 2024
The African Disability Rights Yearbook (ADRY) is calling for papers for consideration for publication the ADRY in 2024.

Academic Programmes

Academic programmes presented by the Centre for Human Rights:
LLM/MPhil in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa

HRDA

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.

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LLM (International Trade and Investment Law in Africa)

TILA

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.

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LLM/MPhil (Sexual & Reproductive Rights in Africa)

SRRA

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.

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LLM/MPhil (Multidisciplinary Human Rights) (MHR)

MDHR

LLM/MPhil (Multidisciplinary Human Rights) (MHR)
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.

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LLM/MPhil (Disability Rights in Africa) (DRIA)

DRIA

LLM/MPhil (Disability Rights in Africa) (DRIA)
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.

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Research Units

Overview of our Units

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, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression, and Sex Characteristics and Freedom from Violence.

Overview of our Units

Education Projects

The Centre presents annually a number of short courses, two moot court competitions and a conference:
Advanced Human Rights Courses

AHRC

Advanced Human Rights Courses
The Advanced Human Rights Courses (AHRC) programme consists of annual advanced short courses dealing with issues pertinent to human rights, development and good governance in Africa.

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African Human Rights Moot Court Competition

AHRMCC

African Human Rights Moot Court Competition
The annual African Human Rights Moot Court Competition is the largest gathering of students, academics and judges around the theme of human rights in Africa.

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Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition

NMWMCC

Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition
The Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition is an annual event and is open to both undergraduate and master's degree law students.

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Annual Conference

Annual Conference

Annual Conference
The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, hosts several conferences throughout the year that focus on African human rights matters

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Associated Institutes / Units

International Development Law Unit

IDLU

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.

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Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa

ICLA

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.

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African Human Rights Law Journal

AHRLJ

African Human Rights Law Journal

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 African Disability Rights Yearbook

ADRY

African Disability Rights Yearbook

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Latest Press Statements

The Centre Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria calls on the Senegalese government to Protect Digital Rights
23 February 2025
The Centre Human Rights, calls on the Senegalese government to Protect Digital Rights
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Press Statement (23 February 2025)
Centre for Human Rights welcomes judgment declaring labour legislation constitutionally invalid
30 October 2023
On 25 October 2023, the Gauteng Division of the High Court of South Africa handed down a revolutionary judgement in the case of Van Wyk and Others v Minister of Employment and Labour [2023] ZAGPJHC 1213.
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Press Statement (30 October 2023)
Centre for Human Rights calls on Zimbabwe’s Senate and President not to enact the Patriot Bill
06 June 2023
Centre for Human Rights calls on Zimbabwe’s Senate and President not to enact the Patriot Bill
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Press Statement (06 June 2023)
  • The Centre Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria calls on the Senegalese government to Protect Digital Rights Press Statement (23 February 2025)
  • Centre for Human Rights welcomes judgment declaring labour legislation constitutionally invalid Press Statement (30 October 2023)
  • Centre for Human Rights calls on Zimbabwe’s Senate and President not to enact the Patriot Bill Press Statement (06 June 2023)

Awards & Prizes

UNESCO Prize for Human Rights Education
In 2006, the Centre for Human Rights was awarded the UNESCO Prize for Human Rights Education, with particular recognition for the African Human Rights Moot Court Competition and the LLM in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa
2006
2006
UNESCO Prize for Human Rights Education
African Union Human Rights Prize
In 2012, the Centre for Human Rights was awarded the 2012 African Union Human Rights Prize, in recognition of the Centre's contribution to the work of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights in the promotion and protection of human rights in Africa.
2012
2012
African Union Human Rights Prize