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, 2 June 2020
JIFA Newsletter #17/2020 - 14 May 2020

In this edition 

- Lawyers don't have to pay double tax, minister ought to consult next time - Uganda court

- Reflections on COVID-19 and human rights

- Malawi case flags growing threats to human rights, role of African Court

- Courts should not give up their position as ‘last resort protection’ under COVID-19 regulations

Publication Date:
Fri, 22 May 2020 - 12:00
JIFA Newsletter #18/2020 - 21 May 2020

In this edition 

- Celebrate Africa Day - help the African Court shape its future!

- Parliament’s ‘contempt’ raised in challenge to Tanzania’s bail-ban laws

- Malawi appeal court judges set new election standards

- A win for all of South Africa against brutality by security forces

Publication Date:
Fri, 22 May 2020 - 12:00
JIFA Newsletter #16/2020 - 7 May 2020

In this edition 

- Teachers' body vicariously liable for rape, sexual assault at school - appeal judges

- Dying surrounded by family ‘a most fundamental right’ - court

- Posthumous win for Kenyan human rights activists

- New head for SADC administrative tribunal

Publication Date:
Wed, 13 May 2020 - 11:30
JIFA Newsletter #15/2020 - 30 April 2020

In this edition 

- Security forces sowing terror in Lesotho, Lawyers for Human Rights tells courts

- Lockdown on hold, AG taken to task: latest from Malawi high court

- First-class vs economy-class access to the law: what the US Supreme Court says

- Totality principle in 'harrowing' Seychelles online sexual abuse case

- RIP Justice Augustino Ramadhani

Publication Date:
Wed, 13 May 2020 - 11:15