LATEST NEWS AND EVENTS

PROF DANIE BRAND APPOINTED ACTING JUDGE IN HIGH COURTS

Prof Danie Brand, Director of the Free State Centre for Human Rights at the UFS, has been appointed as an acting judge in the North Gauteng High Court. Prof Brand will sit in both the Pretoria and Johannesburg High Courts for the first court term of 2024, from 22 January to 29 March 2024.

Prof Brand acted as a judge in the High Court several times in the past. He says he is honoured by the appointment and excited by the prospect.

Prof Danie Brand

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MULTILINGUAL DEBATE TOURNAMENT HOSTED BY FSCHR

A multilingual debate tournament was hosted on the 13th and 14th of October by the Free State Centre for Human Rights. The tournament featured a total of 8 teams, 6 residences and 2 teams from the law faculty student association. With the motto "Creating a diplomatic space for multilingualism", the tournament fostered the use of multilingualism by having the debate teams use at least 2 languages that are recognided with the language policy of the University of the Free State, ie, English, IsiZulu, Afrikaans and Sesotho. The teams went head-to-head to compete for the following titles: multilingual debate winning team, best Afrikaans, Sesotho, and Isizulu speaker, and best overall speaker. Read more.

ABOUT

The Free State Centre for Human Rights is a criticalinterdisciplinary, and contextually engaged research, advocacy, and legal-practice institution, focusing in its work on the relationship between human rights and transformation.

This relationship is approached from a critical perspective that recognises its double-handed nature; the fact that human rights, in whatever context, relate both positively and negatively to transformation, can both enable and hinder transformation.

Within the broad framework-concern with the relationship between human rights and transformation, the Centre’s work coalesces around three thematic focus areas: impoverishment; democracy; and identity. This means that the Centre’s 

work and its research community is interdisciplinary, drawing on a range of different disciplines and combining insights and wisdom from a variety of fields.

Although the Centre is primarily an academic research institution, its work is contextually engaged. Apart from its Research and Postgraduate Division, the Centre consists of an Advocacy Division that engages in transformation related human rights advocacy on the UFS campus and a Legal Services Division that operates as a Free State-focused public interest litigation unit in cooperation with the UFS Law Clinic.

All the Centre’s work is geographically located: research, advocacy, and litigation focus on issues on the UFS campus and in Bloemfontein, the Free State Province, and Lesotho.


DIVISIONS

Research and Postgraduate

Research and Postgraduate

In terms of Research, the Free State Centre for Human Rights focuses on the relationship between human rights and transformation, from a critical, inter-disciplinary and contextually engaged framework. Read more.

advocacy

Advocacy

The Advocacy Division promotes transformation through human rights education and advocacy on the UFS campuses and more broadly in the Free State Province, Lesotho, and South Africa. Read more.

LEGAL SERVICES 1

Legal Services

The Legal Services Division  is a human rights strategic litigation unit that litigates on behalf of clients on brief or as amicus curiae seeking the protection of human rights, social justice and transformation. Read more.


POSTGRADUATE TEACHING

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Interdisciplinary Master of Human Rights

This coursework Master's programme is designed to accommodate students and professionals from various academic disciplines. With its mode of delivery online with no residency requirement, the programme can be completed part-time. Read more.

 

Masters by Dissertation

Master's Degree by Dissertation

The Free State Centre for Human Rights offers the Master’s Degree by Full Dissertation. The programme provides students with the relevant skills to work independently as well as under supervision. Read more.

LLD PHD

LLD/PhD Programme

The Free State Centre offers a doctoral programme in Human Rights including LLD (Doctor of Laws) and PhD (Doctor of Philosophy). The former is dedicated to candidates with a law background while the latter is for those with background other than law. Read more.


 
 

FACULTY CONTACT

T: +27 51 401 2451
F: + 27 51 401 3043

E: law@ufs.ac.za

Equitas Building
UFS Bloemfontein Campus

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