Core Skills for Judges:
This course covers core issues such as judicial independence and ethics; motions and applications; judgement writing etc.
JIFA publishes a weekly newsletter curated by well-known legal journalist Carmel Rickard and provides commentary on recent African case law.
JIFA offers a number of certified 5 day courses including core skills for Judicial Officers, an Introduction to Human Rights for Judicial Officers and specialist Human Rights Course for Judicial Officers

The Judicial Institute for Africa (JIFA) is based at the University of Cape Town and is a partnership between the Democratic Governance and Rights Unit (DGRU) and the Southern African Chief Justices Forum (SACJF)

JIFA complements the work being done by domestic judicial institutes in Africa where they exist and offers opportunities for judges from jurisdictions where there are no judicial institutes to participate in courses for professional development.

We currently have a number of courses on offer and can also design and present bespoke courses on request.

We are distinct from other training institutes on the continent, in that we offer a bouquet of ongoing resources and support to judges once training has been completed.  

As well as offering University of Cape Town certified short courses, we publish a weekly newsletter curated by well-known legal journalist Carmel Rickard

JIFA is a member of the Global Judicial Integrity Network (GJIN).

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Friday, 10 July 2020
JIFA and the DGRU Join African Human Rights Organization in a Statement on Threats Against the Independence of Judges in Malawi

The Judicial Institute for Africa joins the DGRU and over 40 respected jurists and organizations from across Africa in a statement on threats against the Malawi Judiciary by the executive. 

Publication Date:
Mon, 15 Jun 2020 - 15:15
JIFA Newsletter #25/2020 - 2 July 2020

In this edition 

- Namibian President must sign affidavit on exercise of his ‘formidable powers’ – high court 

- Apex courts in two African countries try to avoid ‘absurd results’ in labour matters

- Judge slams Kenya's 'shameful' treatment of diplomat

Publication Date:
Fri, 03 Jul 2020 - 11:30
JIFA Newsletter #24/2020 - 25 June 2020

In this edition 

- Supply doctors, health workers with protection, court tells Lesotho government 

- 'Indeed the dead have rights' - Kenyan high court in Covid exhumation case

Publication Date:
Fri, 26 Jun 2020 - 13:15
JIFA Newsletter #23/2020 - 19 June 2020

In this edition 

- Malawi's judicial crisis deepens: resistance to gvmt moves placing CJ on immediate leave 

- Major decision on gay rights by US Supreme Court

- Judge murdered while presiding in massive DRC corruption trial

- A war against the nation's women and children - Ramaphosa

Publication Date:
Thu, 18 Jun 2020 - 08:00