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UP researchers' proposal to give South stronger role at UN implemented

A number of Univeristy of Pretoria researchers have been arguing that the United Nations human rights system will be more effecitive - with more visibility and greater global ownership - if the bodies monitoring human rights compliance by states meet not only in Geneva, but also in other parts of the world when monitoring compliance. Samoa will now be the first country to implement this proposal, when they host the Committee on the Rights of the Child there next year.

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Major injection for international law education in South Africa

The President of the South African Law Deans’ Association, Professor Letlhokwa George Mpedi, recently announced a partnership with global law firm White & Case LLP to support students from law faculties throughout South Africa to participate in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (“Jessup”) for at least the next two years. With more than 3,000 law students from 100+ countries participating annually, the Jessup is the largest moot court competition in the world and widely regarded as the most prestigious.

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Invitation: launch of the United Nations Human Rights Guidance on Less Lethal Weapons and Related Equipment in Law Enforcement

You are cordially invited by the Office of the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), in collaboration with the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, the Centre for Human Rights (University of Pretoria) and the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN in Geneva to the launch of the United Nations Human Rights Guidance on Less Lethal Weapons and Related Equipment in Law Enforcement..

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Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA), Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria


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.

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