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The Refugee Rights Clinic is a law clinic registered with the Cape Law Society.  We provide free legal services to refugees and asylum seekers in the Western Cape. The Clinic is professionally staffed by a team of Attorneys and Candidate Attorneys. Senior students from the UCT law faculty and visiting interns from around the world also assist the clinic in its work.  

The Clinic is comprised of three clinics defined by subject area, each headed by a supervising attorney. These are the Children's Rights Clinic, the Refugee Status Determination Clinic, and the Detention and Rights Clinic. 

The Refugee Rights Clinic is situated at the UCT Middle Campus, Law faculty, Rondebosch, Level 3, Room 3.05.

Consultations are by appointment only:
Appointments may be made by calling 021 650 5581 OR by email refugeelawclinic@uct.ac.za - (Urgent matters require no appointment).

The Clinic’s hours are 08:30 to 16:30, Monday to Friday and closed every day for lunch (13:00 to 14:00); however, consultations with clients are conducted Monday to Thursday from 08:30 until 13:00 only.

The services provided include legal assistance throughout the entire asylum application process.  All documentation issues are addressed.  Refugees and asylum seekers are also assisted to access rights. Any rights violation will be addressed:  in addition, the law clinic assists UNHCR in their Voluntary Repatriation Programme.