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, 23 August 2019
JIFA Newsletter #27/2019 - 11 July

In this edition

- Lesotho’s PM threatens top judge with second impeachment

- Uganda’s human rights law takes enforcement to new level

- Top Namibian Minister quits after corruption conviction 

- Foreigner's health issues insufficient to halt deportation

- An idea whose time has come

- 'Country Policy and Information Note' Nigeria: Medical and Healthcare Issues

Publication Date:
Fri, 02 Aug 2019 - 12:45
JIFA Newsletter #26/2019 - 4 July

In this edition

- What is a life worth in Uganda's courts?

- Landmark defamation ruling clarifies standard for media 

- "Contemptuous" report on planned major coal power plant dismissed by Kenya's environmental tribunal

Publication Date:
Fri, 02 Aug 2019 - 12:30
JIFA Newsletter #25/2019 - 27 June

In this edition

- Uganda’s anti-gay laws feature in UK immigration hearing

- Hearing obligatory before police are transferred – Lesotho’s Court of Appeal

- Landmark ruling gives immigration abuse inquiry more muscle 

Publication Date:
Fri, 02 Aug 2019 - 12:30
JIFA Newsletter #24/2019 - 21 June

In this weeks edition:

- Without the SADC Tribunal, "legitimacy of SADC community in jeopardy" - Tanzanian High Court

- Abortion allowed when pregnancy follows rape - Kenya's Constitutional Court

- Judge, no soccer fan, recuses himself from murder trial involving fanatics of the game

- Mass prisons' promotions declared invalid by Lesotho's appeal court

- Top Zim judges "regret" no changes to outdated law that harms women

Publication Date:
Fri, 02 Aug 2019 - 12:30