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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

#AfricanMoot Preliminary Rounds
#AfricanMoot Preliminary Rounds
Preliminary rounds of 29th African Human Rights Moot Court Competition to be held online
#WorldMoot Oral Rounds
#WorldMoot Oral Rounds
Preliminary oral rounds of 12th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition to be held online
CONGRATULATIONS
CONGRATULATIONS
Centre for Human Rights congratulates Dr Kabre on his recent award
30th #AfricanMoot
30th #AfricanMoot
UP's Vice-Chancellor's signature marks the official launch of the 30th #AfricanMoot
#Faces2020
#Faces2020
Calling all registered undergrad & postgrad students at any African tertiary institution to make a 3-minute human rights short film!
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
The Centre is hosting a (virtual) conference on 29 October 2020 under the theme ‘Elections and COVID-19: Harnessing the pandemic to improve elections’.
#AfricanMoot 2021
#AfricanMoot 2021
30th edition of African Human Rights Moot Court Competition to be hosted by Faculty of Law, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Africa Rights Talk
Africa Rights Talk
This week’s episode of Africa Rights Talk with Professor Ann Skelton discusses the positive implications of the Committee on the Rights of the Child to host the first ever United Nations treaty body session outside of Geneva.

Latest Press Statements

Press Statement: Swiss Federal court decision on Caster Semenya regrettable, but should not be the end of the road
11 September 2020
The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria (Centre) notes with disappointment the decision by the Swiss Federal Supreme Court to effectively ban Caster Semenya from participating in certain competitive sporting events (400m to the mile) unless she reduces her testosterone levels to ‘acceptable female’ levels.
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Press Statement (11 September 2020)
Press Statement: Centre for Human Rights mourns loss of human rights advocate George Bizos
10 September 2020
With the passing of Advocate George Bizos on 9 September 2020, South Africa lost an exceptional human rights lawyer who devoted his life to the promotion and fostering of a human rights culture in South Africa. “His life demonstrates the best use to which the law can be put: as a tool to defend those at risk of abuse of power, and as a tool for social transformation and human connection’”, said the Director of the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, Frans Viljoen.
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Press Statement (10 September 2020)
Centre requests African Commission to act swiftly in issuing urgent appeal to prevent imminent risk of irreparable harm to Nigerian singer
9 September 2020
The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, has with alarm taken note of the precarious position and imminent risk of irreparable harm to the life of Nigerian singer Yahaya Sharif Aminu. The Centre on 9 September 2020 lodged a request to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Commission) to take immediate action, in the form of directing an urgent appeal to the Head of State, or any other appropriate form.
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Press Statement (9 September 2020)
Centre for Human Rights calls on the government of South Africa to take clear stand against human rights violations and lack of accountability in Zimbabwe
07 August 2020
The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, welcomes the appointment by President Ramaphosa of two special envoys to engage with the deteriorating conditions in Zimbabwe. However, we regret the characterisation of a situation of serious human rights violations as “difficulties”, and urge President Ramaphosa to ensure that South Africa’s approach is not one of “quiet diplomacy” at the expense of addressing the underlying issues of impunity and lack of accountability. Given that South Africa is currently chairing the African Union, it is of increased importance for President Ramaphosa to take a clear stand against erosions of constitutional governance and the rule of law, and to insist on accountability for violations of human rights in Zimbabwe.
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Press Statement (07 August 2020)
Press Statement: Mandela Month Talk questions if South African government’s COVID-19 response has struck right balance between respecting rights and curbing the pandemic
24 July 2020
Mandela Month Talk questions if South African government’s COVID-19 response has struck right balance between respecting rights and curbing the pandemic
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Press Statement (24 July 2020)
Centre for Human Rights deplores serious erosion of free expression in Zimbabwe Details
23 July 2020
Centre for Human Rights deplores serious erosion of free expression in Zimbabwe
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Press Statement (23 July 2020)
  • Press Statement: Swiss Federal court decision on Caster Semenya regrettable, but should not be the end of the road Press Statement (11 September 2020)
  • Press Statement: Centre for Human Rights mourns loss of human rights advocate George Bizos Press Statement (10 September 2020)
  • Centre requests African Commission to act swiftly in issuing urgent appeal to prevent imminent risk of irreparable harm to Nigerian singer Press Statement (9 September 2020)
  • Centre for Human Rights calls on the government of South Africa to take clear stand against human rights violations and lack of accountability in Zimbabwe Press Statement (07 August 2020)
  • Press Statement: Mandela Month Talk questions if South African government’s COVID-19 response has struck right balance between respecting rights and curbing the pandemic Press Statement (24 July 2020)
  • Centre for Human Rights deplores serious erosion of free expression in Zimbabwe Details Press Statement (23 July 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