- challenging rights violations by drafting enforceable legislation consistent with the CRPD and the Protocol;
- utilising enforcement mechanisms set forth in the convention;
- taking forward disability rights litigation requesting CRPD and the Protocol-compliant remedies;
- engaging in disability rights advocacy; and
- developing law, education, or other academic curricula informed by the CRPD and the Protocol.
Call for Applications
Who can apply?
- LLM degree requirements
The Master’s degree LLM in Disability Rights in Africa degree is open to individuals with a LLB degree or equivalent.
- MPhil degree requirements
The MPhil degree is open to non-lawyers with at least an honours degree in an academic discipline relevant to disability rights in Africa; OR any other qualification in an academic discipline relevant to disability rights in Africa that allows admission to a master’s programme at the institution where the undergraduate qualification was obtained. If that qualification has duration of less than 4 years, substantial proven practical or professional experience in disability rights in Africa, subject to the discretion of the Dean, is further required.
- Other relevant requirements
Foreign qualifications are subject to South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) requirements.
Applicants must have excellent academic credentials and demonstrate human rights experience or interest.
A maximum of fifteen students will be accepted for the 2019 academic year.
How to apply
Course duration (two years)
2019 intake: December 2018 - December 2020
Application deadline: 31 July 2018
This is a selection course and applications must be submitted before 31 July 2018 to be admitted to the 2019 academic year.
Cost Estimation (subject to change)
2019 cost estimation for class registering in 2019 (first year of study)
Southern African students – R 19 000
Non-Southern African students – R33 000
2020 cost estimation for class registering in 2019 (second year of study)
Southern African students – R 28 000
Non-Southern African students – R38 000
In addition to registration fees, students have to finance their travel to and accommodation during the face-to-face sessions, which are compulsory to attend. (A total of four face-toface sessions weeks are scheduled over two years)
A very limited number scholarships (3 full scholarship) will be available for African citizens.
Objectives of the programme
- To promote knowledge and understanding about the relevance of international human rights to disability rights;
- To promote knowledge and understanding of the implementation strategies and enforcement mechanisms of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and its Protocol in a global and African context;
- To promote knowledge and understanding of the implementation strategies and enforcement mechanisms of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Africa;
- To promote knowledge and understanding about African regional disability rights protection as an institutional framework; and
- To promote knowledge and understanding about disability as a multi – and interdisciplinary field of study in an African context.