The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, will host a one-week intensive short course on judicial enforcement of socio-economic rights in Africa from 17 to 21 May 2021.
Course date: 17 – 21 May 2021
Venue: Zoom (online)
Important: COVID-19 information
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and current restrictions, all courses will be conducted in a virtual format. Participants are therefore required to have access to a stable internet connection. The Centre for Human Rights will however review the situation from time to time and will advise applicants on the resumption of contact sessions.
About the Course
The aim of the course on the judicial enforcement of socio-economic rights in Africa is to provide participants with a critical understanding of the possibilities of and problems associated with the judicial enforcement of socio-economic rights in Africa. During the one-week intensive course, training is provided to practitioners, policy-makers, scholars and students on national and international litigation of socio-economic rights.
Topics may include the following:
- Conceptual issues on judicial enforcement of socio-economic rights
- Judicial enforcement of socio-economic rights in South Africa
- International adjudication of socio-economic rights
- African courts and the enforcement of socio-economic rights
- Equality and socio-economic rights
- Litigation strategy and policy impact
- Litigation in a broader context: Legitimacy and effectiveness
- Latin American courts and the enforcement of socio-economic rights
- India and other comparative case law
- Non-state actors and international accountability
- Practical exercises/assignments
As this is a high-level course, in particular practitioners working in the field of socio-economic rights in Africa, judicial officers, postgraduate students researching in this area, government officials responsible for relevant issues and members of civil society groups experienced in and engaged with the issues should apply. Applicants from all around the world are invited. However, the course will have a particular African focus. Applicants from African countries are, therefore, in particular, encouraged to apply.
Lecturers on the course have included experts in the field, such as:
- Malcolm Langford, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights;
- Prof Danie Brand, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria;
- Dr Gustav Miller, Rhodes University, South Africa;
- Justice Zak Yacoob, retired Judge, Constitutional Court of South Africa
- Prof Jackie Dugard, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa;
- Prof Ann Skelton, Director, Centre for Child Law, University of Pretoria;
- Dr Nicholas Orago, University of Nairobi Law School, Kenya;
- Amar Mahadew, University of Mauritius;
- Prof Christopher Mbazira, Makerere University and
- Prof Frans Viljoen, Director, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on travel and global lockdowns, the course will be offered online on Zoom.
Participation in the course therefore FREE of charge.
Since the course is FREE, scholarships are no longer applicable.
Please note: Applications closed on 3 May 2021.
A 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 and the payment details pages.
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.
Applications closed on 3 May 2021.
Overview of previous courses
For more information, please contact:
Tel: +27 (0) 12 420 4197
Fax: +27 (0) 86 580 5743
Global School on Socio-Economic Rights Adjudication
This short course forms part of the Global School on Socio-Economic Rights Adjudication, jointly launched with: