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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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Friday, 23 August 2019
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.

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Publication Date:
Wed, 13 Mar 2019 - 11:00
JIFA Newsletter #9/2019 - 7 March

Shock "advice" by International Court of Justice on another forgotten African colony

For tourists and investors, particularly those from South Africa, Mauritius is often seen as a quiet paradise, politically stable and a model of both democracy and humane economic development. Now, thanks to a new advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice, Mauritius – geographically part of Africa – has also been placed right at the forefront of an international political row that has its origins in the period of high colonialism and that involves the USA and its crucial defence strategies, the UK and the United Nations. The bottom line? - the ICJ tells the UK that holding on to islands that rightly belong to Mauritius, is colonial and illegal. It cannot continue and all UN members are obliged to help implement a plan to end it.

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Publication Date:
Wed, 13 Mar 2019 - 11:00
JIFA Newsletter #8/2019 - 28 February

Don't use "constitution" as a "mantra", Malawi Supreme Court warns

Malawi’s former agriculture minister, George Chaponda, was a key figure in that country’s “Maizegate” scandal around the importation of maize from Zambia to replenish stocks that had allegedly fallen low. Public criticism of apparent corruption led to a presidential commission of inquiry and then to high court action to have Chaponda stand down during the inquiry. Though the high court initially ordered Chaponda’s suspension, the supreme court has just ruled that it was wrong to do so, and that the judge had ignored binding precedent. The judgment was important for clarifying Malawi’s approach to judicial review. It has also taken an in-depth look at presidential prerogative among other issues.

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Publication Date:
Wed, 13 Mar 2019 - 10:45

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