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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.

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Zimbabwe Constitutional Literacy Booklet Launch
Zimbabwe Constitutional Literacy Booklet Launch
Vacancy
Vacancy
Research Consultant - Study on human and peoples’ rights and artificial intelligence, robotics and other new and emerging technologies in Africa
Invitation
Invitation
Launch of the Impact Analysis Study on the African Union Economic Social and Cultural Council in the Governance structure of the African Union
Center hosts Annual Advanced Human Rights Course on
Center hosts Annual Advanced Human Rights Course on
Indigenous peoples’ rights
Training Workshop
Training Workshop
on the incorporation of the adverse impact of Climate Change on Children's Socio-economic Rights in Selected African Countries in Selected African Countries
Call for Papers
Call for Papers
The African Disability Rights Yearbook (ADRY) is calling for papers for consideration for publication in Section A of the ADRY in 2023.
Call for Papers
Call for Papers
Editors of African Journal of Privacy and Data Protection 2022 invite interested authors to submit papers on data protection and privacy in Africa
PULP hosts book launch for Exploring
PULP hosts book launch for Exploring
African approaches to international law: Essays in honour of Kéba Mbaye

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 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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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

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 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)

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