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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

Press Statement
Press Statement
Centre for Human Rights Welcomes South Africa’s Repeal of Section 6 of The Civil Union Act
Centre Alumni on global lockdowns
Centre Alumni on global lockdowns
Two Centre for Human Rights HRDA Alumni participated in the LeadUP Global Alumni Virtual Chats: Minister Yvonne Dausab and Chinedu Nwagu
Call for Researchers
Call for Researchers
The Centre is calling researchers to evaluate the impact of the Maputo Protocol in selected countries in Africa.
Webinar: Video
Webinar: Video
On 2 July 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, hosted the eleventh in a series of discussions, which are now open to the public.
Call for Papers
Call for Papers
The Mcgill Journal of International Law & Legal Pluralism is currently welcoming thoughtful, argument-driven full-length pieces from scholars, jurists, judges, professionals, and students. Articles should offer original, innovative, and critical outlooks on international law and legal pluralism.
Africa Rights Talk
Africa Rights Talk
In this week's episode is Dr Joel Modiri discussing institutional racism in the African context
ACCA: Webinar
ACCA: Webinar
On 29 June 2020, the ACCA in collaboration with China Accountability Project, organised a webinar on COVID-19 and its impact on Chinese investments in Africa.
Press Statement
Press Statement
The Centre for Human Rights welcomes the news that the legislature of the Gabonese Republic has voted to pass a landmark bill to decriminalise homosexuality in the country.

Latest Press Statements

Press Statement:Centre For Human Rights Welcomes South Africa’s Repeal of Section 6 of The Civil Union Act
14 July 2020
The Centre for Human Rights welcomes the passing of the Civil Union Amendment Bill by South Africa’s second legislative body, the National Council of Provinces (NCP). The Amendment Bill repeals section 6 of the Civil Union Act 17 of 2006 (CUA), which had provided that a marriage officer may, in writing, inform the Minister of Home Affairs that he or she objects to solemnising a civil union between persons of the same sex on the ground of conscience, religion, and belief. This provision had long been a barrier to the legal recognition of same-sex couples by marriage officers in the Department of Home Affairs.
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Press Statement (14 July 2020)
Press Statement: Gabon moves to decriminalise same-sex consensual conduct
3 July 2020
Centre for Human Rights welcomes the news that the legislature of the Gabonese Republic (‘Gabon’) has voted to pass a landmark bill to decriminalise homosexuality in the country
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Press Statement (3 July 2020)
Centre for Human Rights calls for judicial dialogue with African Union Court and citizen inclusion in electoral reforms following Constitutional Court judgment.]
16 June 2020
Centre calls for judicial dialogue with African Union Court and citizen inclusion in electoral reforms following Constitutional Court judgment.]
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Press Statement (16 June 2020)
Centre for Human Rights expresses grave concern about high level and racialised nature of excessive force during Lockdown
11 June 2020
The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, notes with grave concern the instances of death and other human rights violations due to excessive force during law enforcement in South Africa. We note that these are not isolated instances, but are linked to inequalities based on race.
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Press Statement (11 June 2020)
  • Press Statement:Centre For Human Rights Welcomes South Africa’s Repeal of Section 6 of The Civil Union Act Press Statement (14 July 2020)
  • Press Statement: Gabon moves to decriminalise same-sex consensual conduct Press Statement (3 July 2020)
  • Centre for Human Rights calls for judicial dialogue with African Union Court and citizen inclusion in electoral reforms following Constitutional Court judgment.] Press Statement (16 June 2020)
  • Centre for Human Rights expresses grave concern about high level and racialised nature of excessive force during Lockdown Press Statement (11 June 2020)

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