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These programmes and projects are no longer operational. This page is for archival purposes only.

Integrated Bar Project

The Integrated Bar Project (IBP) was established in the late 1980's with the objective of exposing senior black South African law students to the legal practice of especially commercial law in the country's larger law firms. Since then approximately 1385 students from all law faculties in South Africa have undertaken 3-week internships during the July university holidays. Almost all the top law firms in the country participated and additional specialised phases were added.

The Integrated Bar Project (IBP) aimed to place 100-150 senior black law students from all South Africa's Universities on July holiday internships with South Africa's top law firms. Twenty of these students advanced to specialised internships with the High Courts, the Constitutional Court and the largest commercial banks in South Africa.

SASVO (Southern African Student Volunteers)

The Southern African Student Volunteers (SASVO) was established in 1993 to give students and communities in the southern African region the opportunity to work together as volunteers in sustainable community development projects.  Although based at the University of Pretoria, students from all universities in southern Africa and from all disciplines participated in SASVO projects

SASVO goals were to improve the quality of life in rural areas by working with community members on various projects. Three-week work camps were organised for student volunteers during holiday periods. Special camps were organised for student leaders so that they could develop volunteer programmes from their campuses.

NEPAD Book Project 

With financial support of the GTZ, Dr Hesphina Rukato, the CEO of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) was assigned the responsibility of writing a comprehensive monograph on NEPAD. This was published during 2009 and the launch of the book took place on 11 November. The keynote address was delivered by former president Thabo Mbeki. The book has since been launched in the United States, the United Kingdom and in Ethiopia.

Indigenous Peoples' Rights

The Centre embarked on a project on indigenous peoples rights in selected African states, which culminated in a publication Overview Report of the Research Project by the International Labour Organization and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the constitutional and legislative protection of the rights of indigenous peoples in 24 African countries

For more information on this publication and the Indigenous Peoples' Rights database, please visit www.chr.up.ac.za/chr_old/indigenous/

Xenophobia Project

Since May 2008, the Centre for Human Rights has been engaged in the Strengthening Democracy Project, which focuses on researching the extent, solutions to, and possible causes of xenophobia and xenophobic violence in South Africa. A Centre project on the xenophobic violence of 2008 was completed in 2009, and published as The nature of South Africa’s legal obligations to combat xenophobia.

In March 2008, a wave of xenophobic violence swept across many parts of South Africa, including Tshwane. This study aims to provide an analysis of the potential role that law, and particularly human rights law, may play in combating such violence and its root causes. The study considers the issue from a multidisciplinary perspective, by informing itself of the views of both nationals and non-nationals on pertinent issues. Against this background, an analysis is made of South Africa’s legal obligations, deriving from its Constitution as well as United Nations and African Union treaties to which it is a state party. 

Access to Medicines

The Access to Medicines project focuses on Intellectual Property (IP), Human Rights, and Access to Medicine. The Project monitors trends in international trade that impact Access to Medicines, at the regional and country levels; and also examines emerging measures to improve access to medicines in Africa. The project further provides a forum for intergovernmental deliberations, supported by discussions with experts and exchanges of experience aimed at raising awareness of the current challenges to ‘Access to Medicines’ and generating best options and solutions to advance the cause.

Human Rights & Foreign Policy

The Human Rights & Foreign Policy research project is a collaboration between the Centre for Human Rights and the Department of Political Science at the University of Pretoria.

State Reporting Project

In line with its obligations under the various human rights treaties to which it is a party, the South African government is currently in the process of preparing several state reports. The Centre for Human Rights has been working with the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development in preparing these reports. While the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development coordinates this project, the Centre for Human Rights provides the expertise on this project. Specifically, the reports under the following treaties are being produced: the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination, the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Work on producing the reports under the listed treaties is at a very advanced stage and will be concluded shortly.



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