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Advanced Human Rights Course: Judicial Enforcement of Socio-Economic Rights in Africa

Graduate Centre, University of Pretoria Main Campus
14/05/2018 - 18/05/2018
The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, is hosting a one-week intensive short course on judicial enforcement of socio-economic rights in Africa.

Apply online for this course

The aim of this course is to provide participants with a critical understanding of the possibilities of and problems associated with judicial enforcement of socio-economic rights in Africa. Training will be provided to practitioners, policy-makers, scholars and students on national and international litigation of socio-economic rights.

Topics may include the following:

  • Conceptual issues on judicial enforcement of socio-economic rights;

  • Judicial enforcement of socio-economic rights in South Africa;

  • International adjudication of socio-economic rights;

  • African courts and the enforcement of socio-economic rights;

  • Equality and socio-economic rights;

  • Litigation strategy and policy impact;

  • Litigation in broader context: Legitimacy and effectiveness;

  • Latin American courts and the enforcement of socio-economic rights;

  • India and other comparative case law;

  • Non-state actors and international accountability; and

  • Practical exercises/assignments.


Applicants

The aim of the course is to provide participants with a critical understanding of the possibilities of and problems associated with judicial enforcement of socio-economic rights in Africa. 

Practitioners working in the field of socio-economic rights in Africa, judicial officers, postgraduate students researching in this area, government officials responsible for relevant issues and members of civil society groups experienced in and engaged with the issues should apply. Applicants from around the world are invited but since the course will have a particular African focus, applicants from Africa are encouraged to apply.

Fees

The course fee is ZAR 3 000.00 and covers tuition, course materials, teas and lunch but excludes transport and accommodation costs.


Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships are available. Applicants must indicate on the online application form whether they wish to apply for a scholarship and provide sufficient motivation on why they require financial assistance.

Applicants should also indicate whether they would still like to be considered for admittance in the event that they are not granted a scholarship.


Lecturers

Lecturers on the course will include experts in the field, such as:

  • Malcolm Langford, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights;

  • Prof Danie Brand, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria;

  • Dr Gustav Miller, Rhodes University, South Africa;

  • Justice Zak Yacoob, retired Judge, Constitutional Court of South Africa;

  • Prof Jackie Dugard, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa;

  • Prof Ann Skelton, Director, Centre for Child Law, University of Pretoria;

  • Dr Nicholas Orago, University of Nairobi Law School, Kenya;

  • Amar Mahadew, University of Mauritius;

  • Prof Christopher Mbazira, Makerere University and

  • Prof Frans Viljoen, Director, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria.


Global School on Socio-Economic Rights Adjudication

This short course forms part of the recently created initiative, the Global School on Socio-Economic Rights Adjudication, jointly launched by:

  • Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo, Norway

  • Institute for Human Rights, Åbo Akademi University, Finland

  • Chair in Human Rights, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

  • Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa

  • University of Los Andes, Colombia

  • National Judicial Academy, Nepal

  • Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Centre for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University USA


How to apply

Applicants can apply online only. Please note that a high proficiency in English is required to attend these courses. All lectures and materials are in English. 

Electronic copies of the following documents must be uploaded when applying online:

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • One Letter of Recommendation    

  • Employer’s authorisation (where applicable)

  • Academic Records (students only)


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