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.
Mandate 1: Model Laws Project on Media Freedom
The clinic will be part of a global effort to bolster the freedom of the press, in association with an international network of academic institutions and a distinguished panel, led by Lord Neuberger and Amal Clooney. The Project is part of a larger international media freedom campaign, which builds upon the work of the Global Conference for Media Freedom in July 2019. This collaboration has lead and regional clinics. The CHR is part of the regional clinics and would provide research on local and regional laws and practices for the reports to be complied by the lead clinics. The input from regional clinics includes information on local/regional practice, sharing drafts, region-specific threats, jurisprudence or recommendations. Our focus is sub-Saharan Africa (31 Countries) and the clinic will work on 15 of these countries.
The clinic will provide research under the following categories:
- Blasphemy and hate speech;
- Sedition, criminal / civil defamation, lèse-majesté ;
- Misinformation and Disinformation;
- Anti-terrorism and public order, Espionage and Official Secrets; and
- Systemic restrictions on the ability of the media to function: includes regulatory and oversight requirements (including effective judicial and legislative enforcement), state ownership and political influence over media entities.
Mandate 2: COVID-Technology and Human Rights Documentary
- The clinic will write a blog article on the impact of information disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 800 to 1000 words article will be published on AfricLaw blog.
- The clinic will produce a 5 to 10-minute documentary focusing on one of the areas of concern raised in the article, in this case, technology, mental health and COVID-19. The advocacy video will examine how technology is a vital tool for boosting mental health during lockdowns, curfews, quarantine, self-isolation and other social distancing measures implemented to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Ultimately, the video will be publicised on the Centre’s social media platforms as part of the technology and human rights campaign.
Clinic Members 2020