The Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria (UP) on 17 October 2017 entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Pan-African Parliament (PAP). The foreseen collaboration will be spear-headed by the Centre for Human Rights, but may involve other departments, centres, institutes and units in the Faculty of Law.
A relationship of reciprocity is foreseen. On the one hand, Members of the Pan-African Parliament (MPAPs) may benefit by attending Centre courses, and interns may be placed with MPAPs. On the other hand, working with the PAP will provide an opportunity to enhance the research agendas of UP students.
One of the challenges faced by the PAP has been inadequate exposure. The MoU therefore also aims to increase the dissemination of PAP materials and information on the activities of the PAP.
“The University of Pretoria must be just about the closest residential research university to the PAP. There is therefore a moral obligation on UP to get involved in advancing the agenda of good governance in Africa, by more closely supporting the PAP” said Prof Frans Viljoen, Director of the Centre at the signing of the MoU with the President of PAP Honourable Roger Nkodo Dang.