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Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa

The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA) is a gateway to excellence regarding international and comparative law

The ICLA, unique to the continent, opened its doors in 2011 as an entity in the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria.

The vision of the ICLA as a research institute is to

  • generate knowledge and
  • develop research capacity at the highest level across African territorial,  legal and language limits within the parameters of International and Comparative Law, and also
  • develop African legal establishments to a level on par and in harmony with those in the rest of the world. 

The ICLA is co-directed by Prof. Erika de Wet and Prof. Christof Heyns.
Prof Erika de Wet, VC Prof Cheryl de la Rey and Prof Christof Heyns at the launch of the ICLA

The mission of the ICLA is
  • to develop a community of scholars from a wide range of countries and institutions who will initiate and implement projects to ensure proper enforcement of the rule of law in Africa;
  • to serve as the point of convergence and institutional memory for judicial and legislative reform across the continent;
  • to contribute towards theoretical and critical analyses of law in Africa;
  • to constitute a base from which the legal systems of African countries can be accessed by other regions and international organisations; and
  • to link African legal scholars with those in the rest of the world at the cutting edge of contemporary research on international and comparative law.

Contact person:
Ms. Pumeza Matwa
Tel: 012 - 420 6127
Email: [email protected]

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