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Core Skills for Judges:
This course covers core issues such as judicial independence and ethics; motions and applications; judgement writing etc.
Newsletter
JIFA publishes a weekly newsletter curated by well-known legal journalist Carmel Rickard and provides commentary on recent African case law.
Courses
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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Sunday, 26 September 2021
New centre at UCT to offer refugee law training

Judges, magistrates and lawyers across Africa are faced with matters pertaining to refugees and migrants, and the countries in which they find themselves. A new centre of excellence based at the University of Cape Town (UCT) aims to provide these officers and law practitioners with collaborative resources to make rulings, set precedence and establish justice.

On Thursday, 5 August 2021, an online ceremony was held to acknowledge the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Judicial Institute for Africa (JIFA) based at UCT, the International Association of Refugees and Migration Judges (IARMJ) represented by its African chapter, and the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Publication Date:
Wed, 11 Aug 2021 - 13:00
JIA Newsletter #30/2021 - 28 August 2021

In this edition of the Justice in Africa newsletter

- Test of judicial impartiality, independence, for Eswatini judges 

- Case built on ‘a lie’ by investigators, prosecutors ‘gone rogue’ – judge clears former Botswana intelligence agent of charges

Publication Date:
Sat, 28 Aug 2021 - 11:00
JIA Newsletter #29/2021 - 21 August 2021

In this edition of the Justice in Africa newsletter

- Newly ‘perfected’ death penalty decision shows all is far from perfect on Malawi’s apex court

- SADC loses appeal over unlawfully terminated contract with top tribunal official

- Ugandan court guts anti-porn laws women say oppress, rather than protect, them

Publication Date:
Sat, 21 Aug 2021 - 10:15
New centre to train judicial officials in refugee law

The Judicial Institute for Africa at UCT, the International Association of Refugees and Migration Judges (IARMJ), and the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have signed a memorandum of understanding in a bid to establish a new centre to offer training for judges, magistrates and lawyers.

Publication Date:
Tue, 17 Aug 2021 - 09:00

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