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.


Sunday, 17 January 2021
NO to Xenophobia

The UCT Refugee Rights Unit would like to condemn in the strongest possible terms the Xenophobic Violence in 2015 and stands in opposition to any attempts to intimidate, attack, kill or in any other way harm or unfairly discriminate against foreign nationals in South Africa.

Publication Date:
Wed, 05 Aug 2015 - 09:45
Public interest careers expo 2015

On the 6th of May, Kramer Law School Building hosted a public interest careers expo. Non-governmental organisations and law clinics showed up to promote their organisation's public interest involvement. Our two research assistants, Lisa Wood and Shamima Allie, represented the UCT Refugee Rights Unit at this event. The expo was aimed at students of the law faculty and was intended to inform them of the options they could pursue in the public interest side of the law.

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

In 2013, the UCT Refugee Rights Unit produced the textbook Refugee Law in South Africa. The book was edited by Fatima Khan and Tal Schreier and published by Juta and Co Ltd. Fatima Khan motivated in her acknowledgements why a textbook on refugee law is so crucial: "I am committed to the view that the law and knowledge of the law can make a critical difference to the well-being of refugees in South Africa."

Publication Date:
Wed, 05 Aug 2015 - 09:45
UCT Refugee Rights Clinic Hosts Cape Town Programme on International Refugee Law

Resounding success was the sentiment expressed by many at the end to the first ever African Leaders and Experts conference on International Refugee Law. From the 18th to the 21st of November 2014 the University of Cape Town Refugee Rights Unit in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had the pleasure to host the Cape Town Programme on International Refugee Law. The training and dialogue involved senior officials from 12 SADC Countries and leading experts on Refugee Law and senior officials from the South African Department of Home Affairs.

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