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, 19 July 2019
JIFA Newsletter #20/2019 - 23 May 2019

In this edition: 

AfricanLII Launches the Beta version (open for user testing) of an African Caselaw Citator and Judge Thomas Masuku expelled as a judge in Swaziland during 2011- claims he is the victim of a kangaroo court...

Publication Date:
Wed, 29 May 2019 - 16:00
Spring (Autumn) Cleaning our website

JIFA is working on a new website.  Please visit again in June 2019. In the mean time - you know where to find us! 

Publication Date:
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 - 19:45
JIFA Newsletter #11/2019 - 21 March 2019

This week's JIFA newsletter features stories and comments on cases from South Africa, Namibia, Uganda, EOCWAS and Kenya. 

Publication Date:
Sun, 24 Mar 2019 - 11:45
JIFA Newsletter - Special Edition #IWD2019 - 8 March

African Court Nominated for prestigious award over judgment on women's rights

Though there are problems in the justice system, there are also many reasons for celebrating the achievements of judges and courts in the struggle for the rights of women. One of these achievements has been nominated (link opens in PDF) for the Women’s Link Worldwide annual Golden Gavel award: the African Court on Human and People's Rights has been nominated for this honour because of its decision on Mali’s Family Code.

Click here to read all the stories from the JIFA Newsletter

Publication Date:
Wed, 13 Mar 2019 - 11:00