South Africa is in the process of completing its first National Report within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in addition to presenting its Voluntary National Review at the UN High Level Political Forum in New York in July. The University of Pretoria has over the past six months been working with Stats SA to contribute to South Africa’s reports.
The University of Pretoria, working with a global network of research partners (including in Cambridge, Geneva and well-established collaboration with more than a dozen other African universities), recently established a research programme that focuses on violence reduction and securing the right to life in Africa.
The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria hosted a public lecture by Clement Voule, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of peaceful assembly and association, and Christof Heyns, member of the UN Human Rights Committee on 4 June 2019. Mr Voule spoke about his upcoming report to the UN Human Rights Council, on assemblies in the digital age. Prof Heyns spoke about General Comment 37 of the Human Rights Committee on the right of peaceful assembly.
The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA) is a research institute located in the Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria. The ICLA was established at the beginning of 2011 and is located in a beautifully renovated house with wooden floors next to the Law Building. The Institute houses an extensive collection of antique furniture and art and also serves as the Christo Coetzee museum.
ICLA houses staff members from various departments in the Faculty of Law, as well as visitors and post-graduate students. A total of 43 doctoral students are currently registered with ICLA staff members and 30 have completed their doctoral studies. The main focus of ICLA is on international and domestic law in Africa, but it also has a broader focus on international law beyond the borders of the continent.