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, 5 March 2021
Legal researchers 'yearning and begging' for core-skill training

Our guest this week is Shouket Allie, a researcher at the Western Cape division of the High Court in Cape Town, South Africa. It was thanks to Allie that the Judicial Institute for Africa (Jifa) began to run courses for legal researchers: he felt it was absolutely essential for him to acquire new skills for his work and approached Jifa for help. Allie, who has just completed his second LLM – he says the skills he learned five years ago are also invaluable for academic work – spoke to Justice in Action and urged researchers to get in line for the course.

Publication Date:
Fri, 12 Feb 2021 - 07:30
JIFA Newsletter #3/2021 - 6 February 2021

In this edition of the Justice In Action Newsletter

Making history, Intl Criminal Court convicts former Uganda militia leader of war crimes, crimes against humanity

Crisis averted in the Kenyan judiciary – for now at least

UK hold on Chagos archipelago declared unlawful

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Publication Date:
Tue, 09 Feb 2021 - 10:45
JIFA Newsletter #1/2021 - 23 January 2021

In this edition of the Justice in Action newsletter 

- Legal row over Kenya's acting Chief Justice

- Religious freedom the winner in Zim school flag salute dispute

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Publication Date:
Tue, 26 Jan 2021 - 10:45
JIFA Newsletter #48/2020 - 12 December 2020

In this edition of the Justice in Action newsletter

- From the Justice in Africa Team

- Benin taken to task by African Court for Charter failures – not even constitutional court escapes censure

- Diplomatic immunity defence in Kenya's maintenance case

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- Making news

- Announcements

Publication Date:
Mon, 14 Dec 2020 - 11:30