From 10 to 12 July 2013, the Third Annual Public Interest Law Gathering (PILG) was held at the School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand. This is an annual event that brings together public interest legal practitioners and organisations, law students, paralegals, social movement leaders and legal academics to share and develop knowledge. PILG is organised through a coordinating committee consisting of Wits School of Law, SALC, CALS, LHR, Section 27, SERI, LRC, SLSJ and ProBono.Org.

Some of the topics explored at the 2013 PILG included: extractive industries; budgetary transparency and accountability; corporate obligations in respect of human rights; health and vulnerable populations; School Governing Bodies, school admissions policies and the right to education; customary law; Legal Practices Bill, community service and the ethics of legal representation; housing strategies post-Blue Moonlight; the criminal injustice system; addressing sexual violence in schools; community participation and mining development; using international law frameworks globally and domestically; disability law and the rights of people with disabilities; and informal settlement upgrading.

  • Read more on the PILG event here.