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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

#AfricanMoot2020
#AfricanMoot2020
Finalists of African Human Right Moot Court Competition announced after first semi-finals
Invitation: Youth Dialogue
Invitation: Youth Dialogue
Young people’s role in shaping Africa’s development through engagement with the Pan-African Parliament Youth Caucus
Press Statement
Press Statement
Centre for Human Rights calls for release of Egyptian human rights defenders
8th Disability Rights Conference
8th Disability Rights Conference
The conference highlighted the need for remedial action to realise the right to health of persons with disabilities.
FPIC comic book and video
FPIC comic book and video
ACCA launches a video and a comic book prepared from the report on Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)
Virtual Workshop
Virtual Workshop
Workshop on Sovereign Debt Management and Renegotiation in Africa A SADC Perspective
Vacancy
Vacancy
The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, is seeking a Monitoring, Evaluation and Advocacy Coordinator. Deadline: 27 November 2020.
VACANCY
VACANCY
The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, is seeking a Manager for the Children's Rights Unit. Deadline: 27 November 2020.

Latest Press Statements

Centre for Human Rights calls for release of Egyptian human rights defenders
23 November 2020
The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, is alarmed by the arrest and detention of three human rights defenders by Egyptian authorities last week, marking a troubling escalation in an ongoing campaign of harassment and intimidation that has thus far failed to silence various organisations dedicated to defending fundamental human rights in the country.
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Press Statement (23 November 2020)
Catastrophic global failure to protect the rights of persons with disabilities highlighted in critical report
22 October 2020
The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, is part of a coalition of seven global disability rights organisations that have called for urgent action by States and the international community to halt the catastrophic failure to protect the lives, health, and rights of persons with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Press Statement (22 October 2020)
Centre for Human Rights calls for complete police reform and justice for victims of police brutality in Nigeria
19 October 2020
The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, is concerned about ongoing police brutality and human rights violations in Nigeria.
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Press Statement (19 October 2020)
Nelson Mandela World Moot Preliminary Rounds 2020
29 September 2020
This year's Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition saw 44 teams (39 English-language and 5 Spanish-language teams) participating for the coveted eight quarter-finalists positions places.
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Press Statement (29 September 2020)
Centre for Human Rights condemns recent march against foreign nationals in South Africa
23 September 2020
The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, is distressed by the march on 23 September 2020 against foreign nationals in the City of Tshwane (#PutSouthAfricansFirst).
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Press Statement (23 September 2020)
  • Centre for Human Rights calls for release of Egyptian human rights defenders Press Statement (23 November 2020)
  • Catastrophic global failure to protect the rights of persons with disabilities highlighted in critical report Press Statement (22 October 2020)
  • Centre for Human Rights calls for complete police reform and justice for victims of police brutality in Nigeria Press Statement (19 October 2020)
  • Nelson Mandela World Moot Preliminary Rounds 2020 Press Statement (29 September 2020)
  • Centre for Human Rights condemns recent march against foreign nationals in South Africa Press Statement (23 September 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