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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Tuesday, 18 January 2022
JIA Newsletter #42/2021 - 11 December 2021

In this edition of the Justice in Africa newsletter

- From the team of Justice in Africa

- Legal first for Zimbabwe as court orders damages for workplace sexual harassment

- Ugandan court puts widow's rights ahead of cultural practices

Publication Date:
Sat, 11 Dec 2021 - 14:00
JIA Newsletter #41/2021 - 4 December 2021

In this edition of the Justice in Africa Newsletter

Outcry over rape decisions by Namibian magistrate

Mauritian lawyer, named in controversial drug trafficking report, wins case to expunge findings

Botswana's highest court upholds decriminalisation of gay sex, AG undertakes to implement this decision

Publication Date:
Sat, 04 Dec 2021 - 14:00
JIA Newsletter #40/2021 - 20 November 2021

In this edition of the Justice in Africa Newsletter

- Judge concerned about 'overcriminalisation' of teenage sex 

- Transgender victim of police unlawful arrest and assault awarded damages

Publication Date:
Sat, 20 Nov 2021 - 14:00
JIA Newsletter #39/2021 - 13 November 2021

In this edition of the Justice in Africa Newsletter

- Judges ask: are ‘fraudulent leakages’ responsible for all those missing court records?

- Court declares husband, charged with murdering his wife, 'unworthy' to bury her

- Namibian government to appeal in gay fathers' surrogacy case 

Publication Date:
Sat, 13 Nov 2021 - 14:00