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    COVID-19: Welcoming Ceremony Master's Programmes postponed

    As South Africa faces the locally expanding coronavirus epidemic, the

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    The Helen Kanzira Lecture is an annual lecture on sexual and reproductive rights in Africa,

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    The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, takes great pleasure in

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    On 23 and 24 January 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University

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Prof Daniel Bradlow

BA(Wits) JD(Northeastern) MLIC(Georgetown) LLD(UP)

SARChI Professor of International Development Law and African Economic Relations

Emeritus Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law

Tel: + 27 (12) 420 6202

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The following students are registered for the LLD at the Centre for Human Rights, under the supervision or co-supervision of Prof Daniel Bradlow

  • Ms. Nthope Mapefane
    “The accountability of regional organisations”


Prof Charles Fombad 

Licence en Droit(University of Yaounde) LL.M(University of London) PhD(University of London)

Director: Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA)
Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law

Tel: +27 (0) 12 420 3377

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The following students are registered for the LLD at the Centre for Human Rights, under the supervision or co-supervision of Prof Charles Fombad 

  • Zelalem Eshetu Degifie
    “The Militarization of Constitutional Democracy in Africa: The Case of Ethiopia.”

  • Mutiat Abdulsalam
    “The Realization of Right to Education of students with disabilities in Nigerian Universities.”


Prof Magnus Killander

jur kand(Lund) EMA(Padua) LLD(UP)

Academic Coordinator: LLM/MPhil Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa (HRDA)
Professor of Human Rights Law

Tel: +27 (0) 12 420 5407

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The following students are registered for the LLD at the Centre for Human Rights, under the supervision or co-supervision of Prof Magnus Killander

  • Mr J Buabeng-Baidoo 
    Realising minimum social security rights in Africa: The role of international assistance and cooperation

  • Ms Hlengiwe Dube
    Balancing the protection of human rights and public security under mass surveillance: A case study of South Africa

  • Ms Lindlyn Moma
    The right to a healthy environment within a just transition to clean energy production

  • Ms Mary Izobo
    The role African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) in promoting democratic governance in Africa: The case of Ghana and Kenya 

  • Ms Marystella Simiyu
    Protection of media freedom in the digital age and its impact on elections in Kenya 

  • Ms Tebuhleni Nxumalo
    Enhancing accountability for sexual violence in religious communities

  • Ms Barbara Kitui (co-supervisor: Dr Rose Nakayi, Makerere University)
    The land governance architecture and securing women’s land rights in Uganda

  • Ms Omotunde Enigbokan
    South Africa's implementation of human rights law on the right to acquisition of nationality

  • Ms Anita Nyanjong (co-supervisor: Dr Nkatha Murungi)
    Examining the justice paradigms for African feminists in traditional dispute resolution mechanisms: A case study of Nyando Sub-County in Kenya

  • Mr Lyndon Nkomo
    The conflict between national security interests and Internet access rights in Zimbabwe

  • Mr Mongezi Ntanga
    Beyond aid - Legal reforms for national resource mobilisation for socio-economic rights in Africa

  • Mr Tendai Mbanje
    The role of the African Union and the Regional Economic Communities election observer missions in the advancement of credible electoral processes in Africa

  • Ms Davina Murden
    The role of urban governance in ensuring socio-economic rights with a particular focus on the right to housing in informal settlements

  • Ms Nolutando Ncame
    A theory of deference to protect the rights of indigenous people in international adjudication

  • Ms Dorcas Basimanyane
    Mobile technology and internet development in Africa: Legal and human rights challenges in South Africa and Uganda


Prof Charles Ngwena

LLB(Wales) LLM(Wales) LLD(UFS)

Professor of Human Rights Law
Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights; Disability Rights; Race and Cultural Studies

Tel: +27 (0)12 420 3801

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The following students are registered for the LLD at the Centre for Human Rights, under the supervision or co-supervision of Prof Charles Ngwena

  • Mr CG Sibande
    Enforcement of sexual and reproductive health rights in Malawi: An analysis of human rights framework for sex workers rights

  • Mr GC Odo
    Promoting gender justice in Nigeria through judicialisation of maternal mortality

  • Mr M Mulumba
    The value of meaningful community participation in establishing entitlements to health care in Uganda

  • Mr LM Mute
    Bridging liberalism and communalism: in search of an effective framework for political participation by persons with disabilities in Kenya

  • Ms S Nabaneh
    A critical analysis of the political determinants of sexual and reproductive health: Criminalization health impacts and game changers

  • Ms AI Ofuani
    Promoting the rights of persons with disabilities: The case of Nigeria

  • Mrs NC Umeh
    Realising access to inclusive education for the hearing-impaired learner in Nigerian primary schools

  • Mrs WA Holness
    Support for the parental rights and responsibilities of mothers with intellectual disabilities in two KwaZulu-Natal children’s courts.


Prof Frans Viljoen


Director: Centre for Human Rights
Executive Committee
Professor of International Human Rights Law

Tel: +27 (0) 12 420 3228

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The following students are registered for the LLD at the Centre for Human Rights, under the supervision or co-supervision of Prof Frans Viljoen

  • Mr Dieu-Donné Wedi Djamba
    Judicial dialogues: The relation of the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights with national, subregional and other regional courts - practice and perspective

  • Mr EY Ako
    Decriminalisation of same-sex acts in Africa: A case study of Ghana

  • Mr A Agada
    The compatibility of the Nigerian law on sexual minorities with the Nigerian Constitution and international law

  • Ms MW Kareithi
    A historical-legal analysis of woman-to-woman marriage in Kenya

  • Mr L Banda
    Towards non-discrimination on basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in Africa: The case of de-crimination in Zambia

  • Mr T Mamhare
    Towards the realisation of the rights of intersex persons: Establishing medical and legal protection of the rights of intersex persons in Africa

  • Mr VO Ayeni
    The impact of African Union human rights treaties in selected African states

  • Ms MW Kamunyu
    The gender responsiveness of the African Commission of Human and Peoples’ Rights

  • Mr MG Nyarko
    Realisation of socio-economic rights under Ghana’s constitutional framework: Prospects and challenges.

  • Mr G Ogwaro
    Human rights education and removing resistance to human rights: Finding the right approach and appeal for Africa

  • Mr AA Ashenafi
    Realising electoral rights in Africa: A refugee rights perspective

  • Ms HM Ekefre
    The implementation of African human rights decision by domestic state actors

  • Mr DNC Ikpo
    The scope of individual duty under the African human rights system towards sexual and gender minority rights

  • Ms CK Mutungi
    Constitutional law and constitutionalism in neo-liberal regional integration: The East African community

  • Mr A Jjuuko
    Using strategic litigation to create social transformation in situations of homophobia and active hostility

  • Mr T Chinyoka
    Human rights must be adaptable to different contexts to be effective



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