Individuals from all African countries are invited to apply for admission to study for the Master’s Degree (LLM) in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa.
The LLM in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa is a regional co-operation initiative presented in partnership by the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, and the faculties of law at:
Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia)
American University in Cairo (Egypt)
Catholic University of Central Africa (Cameroon)
Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (Mozambique)
University of Ghana
Makerere University (Uganda)
University of the Western Cape (South Africa)
This premier course, the only one if its kind, focuses specifically on human rights as seen from the African perspective. The course is presented full time over one academic year (two semesters) that runs from the end of January to early December and comprises eight modules. The first semester is spent at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, studying the following modules:
Module 1: Methodology of human rights research, education and advocacy
Module 2: Democratisation in Africa
Module 3: International and comparative human rights
Module 4: Human rights in Africa
Module 5: Introduction to the South African legal system and Bill of Rights
Module 6: Human rights in the field (Field trip)
At the end of the first semester, the class is divided into seven groups, each of which spends the next five months at one of the partner universities where they complete the following two modules and/or internships:
Module 7: Accredited courses
Module 8: Dissertation
Instruction is by way of formal lectures and practical exercises. The lecturers are some of the most prominent human rights experts in the world. Emphasis is placed on classroom participation and there is ample opportunity for informal interaction between the students and lecturers. Students can make use of extensive library facilities and have 24-hour access to computers.
A substantial part of the course is dedicated to the use of the Internet in research on human rights law. The medium of instruction is English, of which students must have a good working knowledge in order to follow lectures and participate fully in class discussions and practical exercises.
Students who did undertake their studies in Englsih are required to write the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Upon admission to the programme advanced English is provided for students from non-English speaking countries and French is taught to students from English speaking countries. Students who are fluent in both English and French study Portuguese.
Admission is on a competitive basis and bursaries are available.
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants must be in possession of a first degree in Law (LL.B, licence en droit or licenciatura em direito) and should submit the following documentation by post (no electronic applications will be accepted):
1. Letter of motivation (a one-page letter stating why you would like to do the course)
2. CV (a two-page curriculum vitae (including your full particulars: name, address, telephone, fax and e-mail)
3. Transcript (detailed academic record showing subjects taken and marks obtained)
4. Degree certificates (certified copies of all degree certificates)
5. Letters of recommendation (two academic and/or professional letters of recommendation/support)
6. Financial application (a one-page letter detailing your financial position and indicating why you would need assistance)
7. English proficiency (if undergraduate studies were not in English proof of your proficiency)
8. Photo (a recent colour passport photograph)
ONLY THE INFORMATION REQUESTED ABOVE IS REQUIRED. THERE ARE NO APPLICATION FORMS TO BE COMPLETED
Please note: All documents must be typewritten. Please ensure that all documents are submitted together. There are no application forms to be completed.
Deadline for receipt of applications for the 2010 class is 31 July 2009.
Applications should be directed to:
The Coordinator, LLM (Human Rights & Democratisation)
Centre for Human Rights
Faculty of Law
University of Pretoria
Republic of South Africa
For further enquiries:
Tel: +27 (12) 420 4754
Fax: +27 (12) 362 5125
Fax: +27 866 887 666