Refugee Rights Clinic
The Unit's Refugee Law Clinic provides direct legal services to thousands of refugees and asylum seekers in the Western Cape each year.
The Refugee Rights Unit teaches refugee law to undergraduate law and masters' students within the Department of Public Law.
The Refugee Rights Unit conducts applied research in refugee law and related topics.
Advocacy & Training
The Refugee Rights Unit undertakes a significant amount of targeted advocacy and training of government officials, the judiciary, civil society partners and refugee communities.


Monday, 20 May 2019
Presentation of paper at International Conference

The UCT Refugee Rights Unit is proud to announce that Ncumisa Wille has been selected to present a paper at the University of Georgia's African Studies Institute 3rd Annual International Conference on Africa and its Diaspora, which will take place in Atlanta, USA from 5 - 7 November 2014.

Publication Date:
Wed, 05 Aug 2015 - 09:45
SAFER 2014 course

On 14 - 16 July 2014 the Refugee Rights Unit convened it's annual Sustained Advocacy for Empowered Refugees ("SAFER") Course. This three day course in refugee law and practice, rights assertion and community conflict resolution is aimed at empowering refugee community leaders, and South Africans working with refugee communities to better understand and thereafter be in a position to assert the rights that refugees are entitled to â€“ both as refugees specifically and as all persons in South Africa.

Publication Date:
Wed, 05 Aug 2015 - 09:45
Shadow Report on South Africa's Initial Country Report on the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child

In 1997 the government of South Africa signed the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. Last year, government submitted its initial State Party Report to the African Union (AU) Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child covering the period June 2000 to April 2013. Shortly thereafter, the civil society children's rights sector embarked on a process to draft a Shadow Report or alternative report for the AU Committee to consider.

Publication Date:
Wed, 05 Aug 2015 - 09:45