The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria (CHR/Centre)  on 9 December 2021 will host a virtual CHR@35 Forum to take stock of successes and failures, and to reflect on the future.  The Centre invites its staff, Faculty colleagues, students, graduates, partners, friends, donors and other stakeholders in the work of the Centre be part of this virtual event.  The event will inform the Centre’s Strategic Plan for the next 5 years.

Having been established in 1986, the Centre in 2021 marks 35 years of its existence.  To commemorate this milestone, the Centre hosts this Forum to reflect on its main achievements/contributions; and shortcomings/missed opportunities; and to consider how the Centre needs to (re)position itself to best fit into a dramatically changing landscape relevant to human rights. 

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The Centre as an academic department: Six break-away sessions for academic programmes (09:00 - 10:15 SAST)

In the first morning session (09:00 - 10:15 SAST), students, teachers and graduates of the Centre’s academic programmes (five Master’s programmes and a doctoral programme) will meet separately, to reflect on aspects related to these programmes (such as the curriculum, the pedagogical approach, the alumni networks).  

Panel 1: The Centre as “NGO” (10:30 - 11:45 SAST)


  • Lloyd Kuveya
    Assistant Director (Operations)

Panellists include: 

  • Adv Bahame Tom Nyanduga
    AU Watch
  • Dr Abdou Khadre
    Universite Virtuelle du Senegal
  • Ms Roselyn Hanzi
    Executive Director, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights
  • Mr. Ayalew Getachew
    Senior Legal Officer, Secretariat of the ACERWC

Panel 2: The Centre’s institutional partners (12:00 -13:15 SAST)


  • Nkatha Murungi
    Assistant Director (Programmes)

Panellists include:

  • Dr Patrick Eba 
    Deputy Director, Division of International Protection (UNHCR)
  • Lindiwe Khumalo
    Acting Secretary, African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
  • William Carew
    Head, ECOSOCC Secretariat
  • Clement Mavungu
    Legal Counsel, PAP
  • Dr Horace Adjolohoun
    Principal Legal Officer, African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Panel 3: The Centre’s donors (14:00 - 15:15 SAST)


  • Frans Viljoen

Panellists include:

  • Ambassador Dr Riina Kionka
    Head of Delegation of the European Union to South Africa  
  • Ambassador Astrid Helle
    Royal Norway Embassy in Pretoria
  • Ambassador Han Peters
    Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Pretoria
  • Raman Zwi
    Delegation of Flanders
  • Godfrey Odongo
    Wellspring Philanthropic Fund

Please join us for this day of remembrance, celebration, critique and reflection, to help shape the future of the Centre for Human Rights.

For more information, please contact:

Prof Frans Viljoen

Tel: +27 (0) 12 420 3228
Fax: +27 (0) 86 580 5743


Dr Nkatha Murungi
Assistant Director (Programmes)

Tel: +27 (0) 12 420 4684
Fax: +27 (0) 86 580 5743

Lloyd Kuveya
Assistant Director (Operations)

Tel: +27 (0) 12 420 3810
Fax: +27 (0) 86 580 5743


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