Judicial enforcement course2From 13-17 May 2019, SERI participated in a short course offered by the Centre for Human Rights (CHR) entitled “Judicial Enforcement of Socio-Economic Rights in Africa”, held at the University of Pretoria.  The course was attended by approximately 60 participants, which comprised of legal practitioners, judges, masters students, researchers and individuals with an interest in public interest litigation and advancing human rights on the African continent.  

  

Experts who lectured and participated during the course included, but were not limited to:

  • Prof Frans Viljoen, Director of the CHR in the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria;
  • Prof Malcolm Langford, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law and Co-Director of the Centre on Law and Social Transformation at the University of Oslo, Norway;
  • Prof Michelo Hansungule, CHR at the University of Pretoria;
  • Justice Johann van der Westhuizen, (retired) Judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa;
  • Extraordinary Professor at the Centre for Human Rights;
  • Dr Gustav Muller, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria;
  • Kate Tissington from the University of Witwatersrand; and
  • Salima Namusobya, Executive Director of the Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER), Uganda. 

Sekese Judicial enforcement course
Nerishka Judicial enforcement course

The course aimed to provide a “critical understanding of the possibilities of and possibilities associated with judicial enforcement of socio-economic rights in Africa”. The week-long course included lectures on a range of topics which included broader international human rights obligations, as well as conceptual lectures focusing on the decolonisation of human rights and a comparative study of the approach to human rights taken throughout African countries.

During the week, participants were afforded the opportunity to attend the Constitutional Court hearing for the matter of AB & another v Pridwin Preparatory & Others. The group also visited the South African Human Rights Commission to learn more about some of the practical challenges of enforcing socio-economic rights in a Constitutional democracy. SERI was represented by Nerishka Singh and Sekese Rasephei.