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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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Latest News

Call for  Applications
Call for Applications
Consultancy to Conduct a Regional Study Child Participation in the Implementation of Global and Regional Development Frameworks in Africa
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INVITATION
Webinar: Art, Solidarity & Community: from hurt to healing
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INVITATION
Launch of 'Report on Current Practices in Conversion Therapy, Emerging Technology, and the Protection of LGBTQ+ Rights in Africa'.
#WorldMoot2021
#WorldMoot2021
The Opening Ceremony of the 13th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition will be held online on, Thursday 1 July 2021
Call for Applications
Call for Applications
LGBTIQ+ Human Rights Defenders in Africa Capacity Building Workshop
Press Statement
Press Statement
Centre for Human Rights condemns the recent series of hate crimes against LGBTIQ+ persons in South Africa
Press Statement
Press Statement
The Centre wishes to commemorate the 30th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day today, 3 May 2021.
Call for Applications
Call for Applications
Master's degree (LLM/MPhil) in Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Africa at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria

Latest Press Statements

World Press Freedom Day: Information as a public good
3 May 2021
The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria wishes to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the World Press Freedom Day today, 3 May 2021. The celebrations for the World Press Freedom Day began in 1991 at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) Conference where the landmark Windhoek Declaration was adopted.
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Press Statement (3 May 2021)
Centre for Human Rights condemns the recent series of hate crimes against LGBTIQ+ persons in South Africa
26 April 2021
The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, condemns the recent series of hate crimes against LGBTIQ+ communities in South Africa, specifically the recent series of murders of LGBTIQ+ individuals.
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Press Statement (26 April 2021)
Centre for Human Rights calls for improved protection, improved African manufacturing capacity and ratification of the protocol to the African Charter on the rights of older persons
21 April 2021
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Press Statement (21 April 2021)
Thesis Prize Promoting African scholarship launched to honour memory of Professor Christof Heyns
15 April 2021
To honour the memory of our colleague whose untimely death on 28 March 2021 has been an incalculable loss not just to the University of Pretoria and academia at large, but particularly to us at the Pretoria University Law Press (PULP), we have decided to rename what was previously announced as the “Pretoria University Law Press Thesis Prize” as the “Christof Heyns Memorial Thesis Award.”
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Press Statement (15 April 201)
Centre for Human Rights denounces unlawful arrest and detention of Edwin Mutemi wa Kiama in Kenya for exercising his freedom of speech
12 April 2021
The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, condemns the unlawful arrest and detention of Edwin Mutemi wa Kiama, a human rights activist in Kenya, following a viral post on his Twitter handle under the #StopLoaningKenya on 6 April 2021.
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Press Statement (12 April 201)
13th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition
31 March 2021
The 2021 Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition will be held in an adjusted hybrid format due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the event’s organisers have announced.
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Press Statement (31 March 201)
Centre for Human Rights welcomes African Commission resolution on emerging technologies
18 March 2021
The Centre for Human Rights commends the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the adoption of Resolution 473 on the “need to undertake a study on human and peoples’ rights and artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and other new and emerging technologies in Africa”
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Press Statement (18 March 201)
Centre for Human Rights condemns excessive police force leading to death during student protest in Braamfontein
11 March 2021
As Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, we express our sadness that on 10 March 2021, a human life was lost as a result of police violence. We grieve with the family and friends for this senseless loss of life. We condemn the apparent excessive use of force by the police in response to peaceful protest.
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Press Statement (11 March 2021)
This Women’s Day, the Centre for Human Rights is celebrating women caregivers
8 March 2021
In commemorating International Women's Day (IWD)this year, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, seeks to draw attention to the role of women as caregivers, and to challenge the social, legal and economic foundations that cultivate negative perceptions and consequences for women in caregiving roles.
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Press Statement (8 March 2021)
  • World Press Freedom Day: Information as a public good Press Statement (3 May 2021)
  • Centre for Human Rights condemns the recent series of hate crimes against LGBTIQ+ persons in South Africa Press Statement (26 April 2021)
  • Centre for Human Rights calls for improved protection, improved African manufacturing capacity and ratification of the protocol to the African Charter on the rights of older persons Press Statement (21 April 2021)
  • Thesis Prize Promoting African scholarship launched to honour memory of Professor Christof Heyns Press Statement (15 April 201)
  • Centre for Human Rights denounces unlawful arrest and detention of Edwin Mutemi wa Kiama in Kenya for exercising his freedom of speech Press Statement (12 April 201)
  • 13th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition Press Statement (31 March 201)
  • Centre for Human Rights welcomes African Commission resolution on emerging technologies Press Statement (18 March 201)
  • Centre for Human Rights condemns excessive police force leading to death during student protest in Braamfontein Press Statement (11 March 2021)
  • This Women’s Day, the Centre for Human Rights is celebrating women caregivers Press Statement (8 March 2021)

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