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About the course

The Advanced Human Rights Course on Data Protection in Africa is hosted by the Expression, Information and Digital Rights (EIDR) Unit of the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria. The main objective of this Course is to improve existing knowledge on various intersecting aspects of data protection and how to mainstream these aspects into the African context. In addition to this, the Course seeks to empower more data protection advocates with practical knowledge on the new frontiers of data protection in Africa. The Course will be taught by expert practitioners and academics in the field of data protection in Africa.

Course date: 2 – 6 October 2023
Venue: Hybrid format
Online Zoom 
Physical attendance (University of Pretoria, South Africa)

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Course content

The Course focuses on specific issues that intersect with data protection including: 

  • Concepts and clarification of terms in data protection 
  • International and regional frameworks
  • Vulnerable persons 
  • Digital IDs 
  • Open governance 
  • Elections 
  • International human rights mechanisms 
  • Social protection and poverty eradication programmes
  • Data Protection Agencies (DPAs)
  • New and emerging technologies 

Participation is limited to 30-40 persons with focus on participants from various African countries. Participation is drawn from civil society organisations, policymakers, academia, grassroots advocates, private sector actors and others. Certificates will be presented to the participants ONLY after they have fully participated in all the sessions in the Course.


The course will be offered in a hybrid format. Participation in the course online is FREE of charge.


The course will be conducted in a hybrid format i.e. physical and virtual participation. Virtual participants are therefore required to have access to a stable internet connection.

Application procedure

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Applications close on 6 September 2023

Important Notice:

High proficiency in English is required to attend this course. All lectures and materials are in English. Prior to applying for this course, please read through the information on the practical information.

Documents to be submitted:

  • Curriculum Vitae (short CV in PDF or Word document, maximum 3 pages, maximum 10 MB in file size)
  • One Letter of Recommendation (PDF or Word document, maximum of 10 MB in file size)
  • Academic Records (students only) (combined in one PDF or Word document, maximum 10 MB in file size)

*Please note that in order to apply for any of the Advanced Human Rights Courses, you are required to use a Google Gmail account.

For more information, please contact:

Dr Tomiwa Ilori
Postdoctoral Research Fellow & Project Coordinator Expression, Information & Digital Rights Unit

Tel: +27 (0) 12 420 4397
Fax: +27 (0) 86 580 5743

Mr Dennis Antwi
Project Manager:
Advanced Human Rights Courses (AHRC)

Tel: +27 (0) 12 420 4197
Fax: +27 (0) 86 580 5743


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