Inauguration Ceremony for Students of the Master Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa

The Centre for Human Rights, based at the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria welcomed the 16th set of students for the LLM/MPhil in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa. This year, 29 students were enrolled from 16 African countries as well as from France, Germany and Ukraine.


The new students were officially welcome on 8 April 2015, by eminent personalities, from academics to human rights activists, government officials, University of Pretoria staff and members of the diplomatic corps such as the Chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission Advocate Mabedle Lourence Mushwana and, the Director of the Centre for Human Rights, Prof Frans Viljoen.

Every year 30 students from African countries are admitted to the Master's Programme (LLM) in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa, one of the six Regional Master’s Programmes in human rights and democratization which take places in five continents (Balkans, Africa, Asia, Caucasus, Latin America). The programme is an intensive one-year advanced master's course and outstanding mix of theory and practice and higher education in the field of human rights.

The students will have the opportunity to place their training and knowledge in a larger comparative framework by developing relationship between the African Masters and the other regional masters, such as the European Masters Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation (EMA), the Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation in South Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation.

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