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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.

Centre for Human Rights COVID-19 Portal

Latest News

Invitation:
Invitation:
Global Classroom 2022 on Internal Displacement
Call for Papers
Call for Papers
Annual Disability Rights in Africa Conference - Migration, Displacement and Disability: A Human Rights Response
#GreenJusticeAfrica Campaign Launch
#GreenJusticeAfrica Campaign Launch
Successful launch of #GreenJusticeAfrica campaign on the impact of climate change
INVITATION: Virtual book launch
INVITATION: Virtual book launch
COVID-19 and Sovereign Debt: The case of SADC, edited by Daniel D. Bradlow and Magalie L. Masamba (2022)
Children’s Rights Unit Stakeholder Meeting
Children’s Rights Unit Stakeholder Meeting
Stakeholder meeting and training workshop on children's right to privacy in the digital sphere in Africa
LEXOTA Launch
LEXOTA Launch
LEXOTA—A new tool to track government responses to online disinformation across Sub- Saharan Africa
Vacancy
Vacancy
Country consultants: review of discriminatory laws related to violence against women on the continent
Press Statement
Press Statement
Centre calls for widespread condemnation and meaningful action to xenophobic attacks against non-citizens of South Africa and the killing of Elvis Nyathi
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Latest Press Statements

Centre for Human Rights Calls on African states to speed up ratification of the African Disability Protocol
8 March 2022
The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, welcomes the recently improved pace of ratification of the 2018 Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Africa (African Disability Protocol).
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Press Statement (8 March 2022)
Centre calls for a robust response from the Government of South Africa to prevent xenophobic violence
2 February 2022
The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, is concerned about the growing anti-immigrant sentiments and attacks fuelled by the recent xenophobic statements of political parties.
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Press Statement (2 February 2022)
Centre condemns arbitrary detention and deportation of Corlett Letlojane by Cameroon authorities
22 December 2021
The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, is concerned and condemns the arbitrary detention and deportation of Corlett Letlojane by Cameroon authorities on 16 December
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Press Statement (22 December 2022)
In depth study and action to prevent death at initiation
20 December 2021
Centre calls for in-depth study and action to prevent deaths arising from customary initiation practices
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Press Statement (20 December 2022)
Nelson Mandela World Moot Competition, 20 May to 21 July 2022
17 December 2021
In the past years the University of Pretoria in South Africa has not participated in the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition in light of the fact that the Centre for Human Rights (CHR) is located at the Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria.
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Press Statement (17 December 2022)
  • Centre for Human Rights Calls on African states to speed up ratification of the African Disability Protocol Press Statement (8 March 2022)
  • Centre calls for a robust response from the Government of South Africa to prevent xenophobic violence Press Statement (2 February 2022)
  • Centre condemns arbitrary detention and deportation of Corlett Letlojane by Cameroon authorities Press Statement (22 December 2022)
  • In depth study and action to prevent death at initiation Press Statement (20 December 2022)
  • Nelson Mandela World Moot Competition, 20 May to 21 July 2022 Press Statement (17 December 2022)

Academic Programmes

Academic programmes presented by the Centre for Human Rights:
HRDA

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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TILA

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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SRRA

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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MDHR

MHR

LLM/MPhil (Multidisciplinary Human Rights)
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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DRIA

DRIA

LLM/MPhil (Disability Rights in Africa)
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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Education Projects

The Centre presents annually a number of short courses, two moot court competitions and a conference:
AHRC

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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AHRMCC

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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NMWMCC

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

Conferences

Annual Conference
The Disability Rights Unit at Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, hosts an annual conference on disability rights in an African context during the first week of November.

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Research Units

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

Associated Institutes / Units

IDLU

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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ICLA

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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Publications

AHRLJ

AHRLJ

African Human Rights Law Journal

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ADRY

ADRY

African Disability Rights Yearbook

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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