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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Monday, 20 January 2020
JIFA Newsletter #37/2019 - 20 September

In this edition 

- Demolish unlawful sewerage works - environmental tribunal

- Fight over defence fees in controversial Lesotho trial

- Seychelles appoints leading Ugandan judge to its apex court

- ‘Neglect, dereliction of duty’ by prosecution – and father convicted of child rape goes free

Publication Date:
Fri, 20 Sep 2019 - 13:45
JIFA Newsletter #36/2019 - 13 September

In this edition 

- Society ‘crying out for miracle’ to end brutality against women - judge

- Concern over impact of Botswana's appeal decision on 'refugees' 

- Contempt confirmed against former top Seychelles judge

Publication Date:
Fri, 20 Sep 2019 - 13:45
JIFA Newsletter #35/2019 - 5 September

In this edition 

- Environmental law in action: Jifa training course

- Tiny, remote Namibian clan claims world renowed Etosha National Park as ancestral land

- Appeal blocks far-reaching environmental ruling

- Husband's right to ‘rule over his wife’ – it's gone!

Publication Date:
Fri, 20 Sep 2019 - 13:30
JIFA Newsletter #34/2019 - 29 August

In this edition 

- Keen interest in Jifa's first environmental law training course

- Conservation victory as Kenyan judge rules against Ministers

- Self-confessed poachers acquitted after prosecution’s mistake

- ‘Hear the voices speaking on behalf of the dead’ – court

- Magistrates in Lesotho introduce a new deal for awaiting trial prisoners

Publication Date:
Fri, 20 Sep 2019 - 13:30