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Core Skills for Judges:
This course covers core issues such as judicial independence and ethics; motions and applications; judgement writing etc.
Newsletter
JIFA publishes a weekly newsletter curated by well-known legal journalist Carmel Rickard and provides commentary on recent African case law.
Courses
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 #6/2020 - 2 March 2020

In this edition 

- Namibia's anti-graft body targets counsel from South Africa

- When the shepherd becomes a wolf

- Sudan: does it care a damn?

- Coronavirus fears hit law firms, courts; plans for containment

- Kenya and Botswana: why were their recent sodomy judgments so different?

- Law reporting at the African Court on Human and People’s Rights: Aspirations and Challenges (Part II)

Publication Date:
Wed, 11 Mar 2020 - 07:45
JIFA Newsletter #7/2020 - 6 March 2020

In this edition 

- Looking for opportunities to disrupt the status quo – International Women’s Day 2020

- Statement for International Women’s Day by Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

- Africa's women struggle to gain abortion rights; USA women struggle to keep them

- Indian widow’s plight ‘shocks conscience of the court’

- Eritrea 'slave labourers' - Canada's highest court allows claim to heard in Canada 

Publication Date:
Wed, 11 Mar 2020 - 07:45
JIFA Newsletter #5/2020 - 21 February 2020

In this edition 

- One Minute Survey - JIFA Newsletter

- Three decades later, former Kenyan air force member may sue for torture – appeal court 

- Democracy an expensive business - Malawi court 

- Prisoner, jailed for indecent assault, loses civil action over extended imprisonment

- Law reporting at the African Court on Human and People’s Rights: Aspirations and Challenges (Part I)

Publication Date:
Wed, 11 Mar 2020 - 07:30
JIFA Newsletter #4/2020 - 14 February 2020

In this edition 

- Relatives of Lesotho's PM appeal bail granted to his 3rd wife, charged with murdering wife number two 

- Uganda judiciary to hold court in refugee camps; warn police on judicial independence 

- Top court reigns in Kenya's President over judicial appointments

Publication Date:
Mon, 17 Feb 2020 - 08:45

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