The students on the LLM/MPhil programme in Human rights and Democratisation in Africa are assigned to human rights clinics which contributes to the work of the Centre’s research units and give the students practical experience and advance the Centre’s mission towards the realisation of human rights in Africa.

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On 30 January 2018, the African Union adopted the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Africa (African Disability Protocol). The African Disability Protocol was necessary as it tackles issues pertinent to the African context, which the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) does not do. To date, fourteen member states (Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Kenya, Mali, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Niger, Rwanda, South Africa, Sahrawi and Uganda) have ratified the African Disability Protocol. According to Article 38 of the African Disability Protocol, fifteen ratifications are required for the Protocol to enter into force. Therefore, the African Disability Protocol requires one more ratification to enter into force. 

Since 2022, the Disability Rights Unit has been conducting an advocacy campaign to encourage member states to ratify the African Disability Protocol. In 2024, the scope of the campaign will be broadened to focus on domestication of the African Disability Protocol.

2024 Mandate

  1. Draft a research paper on domestication strategies that member states can adopt to ensure that Africans with disabilities enjoy the rights enshrined in the Protocol.
  2. Develop a ‘Know your rights under the African Disability Protocol’ information pamphlet for persons with disabilities that raises awareness about the rights they are entitled to.

Clinic members

  1. Ludo Lone Sekga
  2. Fatou Gaye
  3. Neville Mupita


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