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 18 to 22 May 2020.
Course date: 18 - 22 May 2020
Venue: Zoom (online)
At the moment, scheduled courses will proceed as usual but may be presented virtually in a slightly modified format. Changes and other relevant information will be communicated to applicants as and when they become available.
COVID-19 Update on this course
The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, would like to inform applicants and prospective applicants of the Advanced Human Rights Course on the Judicial Enforcement of Socio-Economic Rights in Africa (18 – 22 May 2020) that due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of borders as well as academic institutions in South Africa, the course will be presented in a modified format — a format different from the conventional contact sessions.
The course will this year be presented virtually during the above period of one week, on Zoom. A limited number of applicants will be admitted to take part in the course. Lectures will be virtual, and participants will be required to do reading, submit assignments, and engage in exercises. There will be between 3 and 4 hours of interactive lectures a day. These lectures will be complemented by other activities.
Participants should therefore have access to reliable and consistent internet and must have the Zoom application on their laptops, desktop, cellphones or tablets.
An electronic certificate of participation will be awarded to all participants who successfully complete the course. Full participation is required for the award of the certificate.
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 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
The course fee is ZAR 3 000.00 (US $ 450).
This fee covers tuition, course materials, teas and lunch for the duration of the course.
The fee excludes transport and accommodation costs.
A limited number of partial scholarships are available.
Applicants must indicate on the online application form whether they wish to apply for a scholarship and provide sufficient motivation substantiating why they require financial assistance.
Applicants must also indicate whether they would still like to be considered for admission in the event that they are not granted a scholarship.
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 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 8 May 2020.
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: