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The Centre for Human Rights

Address: University of Pretoria
City: Pretoria
Country: South Africa
Phone Number: 27 (12) 420 3034 / 420 3810
Fax Number: 27 (12) 362 51 25
General Information: The Centre for Human Rights of the Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria, is one of the most active human rights institutions on the African continent. The primary focus area of the Centre is human rights law in Africa. Highlights in its history since the Centre was established in 1986 include the involvement of members of the Centre in the writing of the South African Constitution and Bill of Rights, and the contribution the Centre has made to legal education in respect of human rights on the continent through its academic programmes and research outputs. Members of the Centre have served as consultants on human rights issues to a range of institutions, including the Organisation of African Unity/African Union, NEPAD, the OHCHR and the South African Human Rights Commission.

On this website you will be able to get information about the following activities of the Centre:

Every year 30 top performers from law schools across South Africa are admitted to the Master's Programme (LLM) in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa, which is a joint project of the Centre with Makerere University (Uganda), the University of Ghana, the Catholic University of Central Africa, Cameroon, the University of the Western Cape and the American University in Cairo, Egypt.

The newly established Master's Programme (LLM) on International Trade and Investment Law is also presented in partnership with other top institutions.

The Centre presents a Master's programme (LLM) on Human Rights and Constitutional Practice, aimed mainly at local lawyers. The course is presented over a two-year period, with one two-hour lecture (after hours) per week.

The Pretoria Good Governance Academy presents a series of short (1-2 weeks) courses on topics relevant to good governance, aimed at government officials, academics and NGO managers across Africa.

The annual African Human Rights Moot Court Competition has been organised by the Centre for Human Rights since 1992. Seventy or more law faculties in Africa send a team of students and lecturers to this competition each year.

The Integrated Bar Project (IBP) each year places 150 senior black law students from all law faculties in South Africa in internships with law firms, courts and banks in South Africa and abroad.

The Centre publishes the Human Rights Law in Africa Series. The Series is an evolving reference work on human rights law in Africa in English and now also in French, on an annual basis.

The Centre also publishes the African Human Rights Law Journal.

The Gender Unit provides grassroots education and does research and training on gender issues.

The Centre publishes Occasional Papers on relevant topics.

The Centre takes a leading role in the promotion of plain legal language.

On this site you will find copies of the South African Bill of Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in all eleven official languages of South Africa.

This website contains an elaborate African Human Rights Database.

The Southern African Student Volunteers (SASVO), has placed over 9000 students from 40 universities on development programmes throughout Southern Africa.

The website also contains contact details for members of the Centre, and links to other websites.

Directions and map to the University of Pretoria.
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