Hrda, The Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa
30 June 2020
Lecturers come from all over the world and are recognised experts in the fields of human rights and democratisation. They come from academia, the judiciary, government, international and non-governmental organisations.
Dr Bilchitz is the Director of the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC), an institute based at the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg.
Prof Hansungule is a human rights professor at the Centre for Human Rights and has considerable experience in the field of human rights in Africa. This module is for students going to certain second semester institutions.
Lecturers on the programme have included:
Prof Gudmundur Alfredsson, Director, Raoul Wallenberg Institute, Sweden
Members of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights: Ibrahim Badawi, Emmanuel Dankwa, Bahame Nyanduga, Angela Melo and Barney Pityana
Judge Ruth Bader-Ginsberg, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States of America
Mr Biong Deng, Regional representative of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Pretoria
Prof John Dugard, Extraordinary Professor, University of Pretoria
Prof Cees Flinterman, member, United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women
Justice Richard Goldstone, former Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and Yugoslavia and former judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa
Prof Shadrack Gutto, Director, Centre for African Renaissance Studies, University of South Africa
Judges of the Constitutional Court of South Africa: Johan Kriegler and Johann van der Westhuizen
Dr Edward Kwakwa, Legal Counsel, World Intellectual Property Organisation
Prof Tiyanjana Maluwa, former Legal Counsel of the African Union
Prof Vincent Nmehielle, Principal Defender, Special Court for Sierra Leone
Prof Joseph Oloka-Onyango, Faculty of Law, Makerere University
Dr David Padilla, former Assistant Executive Secretary, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
Ms Mary Robinson, former High Commissioner, Office of the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights
Prof Martin Scheinin, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Terrorism
Prof Geraldine van Bueren, University of London
Programme tutors from Africa, Europe and Asia provide academic support and guidance to students during the first semester. Some of the tutors pursue doctoral studies simultaneously at the University of Pretoria, bringing different regional viewpoints to the issues of human rights and democratisation.
As personal tutors their main roles are:
To help students settle into university life and into the course.
To ensure that the student does not feel ‘lost’, and that s/he has someone to whom they can talk about personal problems.
As academic tutors:
hey present tutorials, in collaboration with lecturers, on assigned topics.
They assist students with assignments, by commenting on first drafts.
One of their main roles is to assist students with the formulation of a dissertation topic and proposal.