Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria
The Centre for Human Rights, in the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, was established in 1986, aimed against the apartheid system of the time. Members of the Centre participated in meetings with the liberation movements outside the borders of South Africa, organised conferences and participated in efforts to promote human rights in South Africa, and, when the transition came, served as technical advisors to both the interim and final constitution writing process. The focus of the Centre has now broadened, and the Centre has over the years positioned itself in an unmatched network of practising and academic lawyers, international and national civil servants and human rights practitioners across the entire continent, with a specific focus on human rights law in Africa and international development law in general. The activities of the Centre include a continental Masters’ programme in human rights; short courses for civil servants and others from all countries of Africa; an annual Moot Court Competition which is attended by the vast majority of law faculties on the continent; publishing the leading publications in the field of human rights law in Africa, including the African Human Rights Law Journal; and an academic press that publishes leading texts on public law in Africa (PULP). The Centre in 2006 received the UNESCO Award for Human Rights Education. Recent research projects undertaken by the Centre include research on HIV/AIDS (for the UNDP), on indigenous peoples’ rights (for the ILO), the preparation of a human rights violations glossary (for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights), and a project on the human rights implications of South Africa’s foreign policy. The Centre has 25 staff members and an annual budget of nearly ZAR 20 million.
Professor Frans Viljoen is Director of the Centre and Professor of International Law and Human Rights Law at the University of Pretoria. He is the author of numerous publications on international human rights law and human rights on the African continent, including International human rights law in Africa (Oxford University Press, second edition 2012). He is also the academic coordinator of the LLM (Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa), presented by the Centre, in collaboration with twelve partner law faculties across Africa. He has been involved in advocacy and training in and on the African regional human rights system, and published widely, He is editor-in-chief of the African Human Rights Law Journal and co-editor of the English and French versions of the African Human Rights Law Reports.
Professor Michelo Hansungule is professor of international human rights law in the Centre. He is a member of the International Commission of Jurists. He has undertaken research and published on topics related to African human rights: the UN human rights protection system in Africa; African Commission and Courts of human rights; refugees under the African system; international humanitarian law in Africa; women’s and children’s rights under the African system; traditional leadership and human rights; and National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs).
Dr Magnus Killander is Associate Professor and head of research of the Centre. He completed his doctorate on the human rights aspects of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM). He is the author of numerous publications on international human rights law. He edited International law and domestic human rights litigation in Africa (Pretoria University Law Press, 2010) and is the co-author of ‘Towards minimum standards for regional human rights systems’ (with Christof Heyns) in Mahnoush H. Arsanjani, Jacob Katz Cogan, Robert D. Sloane & Siegfried Wiessner(eds) Looking to the future: Essays on international law in honor of W. Michael Reisman (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2010). Dr Killander is the editor-in-chief, African Human Rights Law Reports; and the Africa editor of the International Human Rights Law, Oxford Reports on International Law, associate (African) editor of International Law in Domestic Courts, Oxford Reports on International Law and a co-editor of the African Human Rights Law Journal.
Bright Nkrumah is a research assistant in the Centre and currently undertaking a study on the European Union’s human rights policy towards Africa. He completed his master’s degree on addressing the challenges to the justiciability of socio-economic rights in Ghana. He worked as a researcher in the South African Human Rights Commission during which he researched on the impact of business on human rights and assessed the factors which led to the Marikana violence in South Africa. He is the co-author of ‘Lessons from ECOWAS for the implementation of article 4(h)’ (with Frans Viljoen) in Dan Kuwali & Frans Viljoen (eds) Africa and the responsibility to protect: Article 4(h) (Routledge UK, 2013)
Mr. Remember Miamingi is a researcher at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria. Mr. Miamingi’s research areas include the interaction between human rights and culture, the role of intergovernmental bodies in the realisation of human rights and democratic governance. Before joining the Centre for Human Rights for his doctoral studies, Mr. Miamingi was the Pan-African Institutional and Relations Manager for Save the Children UK. Mr. Miamingi obtained his LLB from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria and LLM from the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa.
Nora Ho Tu Nam is a doctoral candidate at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria. Her research focuses on the influence of the European Union on the policies and laws adopted by sub-Saharan African countries. She obtained her Masters with Distinction from the University of Pretoria and her LLB from the University of Mauritius.