Africa’s leading doctoral programme in law


Developing advanced capacity in international and comparative law, rooted in African soil

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Executive summary

The Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria will engage, with its network of partners in Africa and abroad, in a large-scale intervention to expand and deepen Africa’s capacity in the field of international and comparative law. The central feature of the intervention will be to expand its current doctoral programme in this area into a comprehensive and semi-structured programme aimed at the top students of the continent. The students on the programme will be supervised through collaboration between experts in the Faculty and external experts in this field. The students will mostly be full-time and all will be required to attend regular research summits. They will get the opportunity to spend a couple of months abroad at some of the leading universities in the world, and/or to do internships at relevant international organisations, in particular the United Nations in Geneva. The programme will have as a primary objective the enhancement of potential teaching and research capacity at law faculties on the continent.

The programme will allow the Faculty to deliver 50 doctoral students per year who will have benefitted from an education on a par with the best that the world has to offer. It will be largely self-sufficient in five years.