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​The South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC) is a centre of the University of Johannesburg and a leading research centre in South Africa producing advanced research in its focus areas. SAIFAC’s vision is to be an internationally recognized centre of research excellence in its key focus areas of constitutional, human rights, public and international law.
SAIFAC’s mission is to produce advanced research in its focus areas, to foster collaboration and engagement between academics and members of the legal community across South Africa and internationally, and to advance constitutionalism, human rights and the rule of law in Southern Africa.



Can the Democratic Republic of the Congo become a democracy?

Many in the international community have hailed the December 2018 elections in the DRC as the first-ever peaceful hand-over of power in the post-independence era in the DRC effected through elections. Numerous dissenting voices claim that the elections were a sham – 'an electoral coup' - and have only endorsed an illegitimate leadership. Who is correct?

Against this backdrop, SAIFAC is organising a panel discussion to discuss a number of significant questions related to the future of democracy, good governance and human rights in the DRC.

Date: 13 August 2019

Time: 17:30 for 18:00-20:00

Venue: Women's Gaol, Constitution Hill (Underground parking available)

RSVP to Naomi Hove 

Saifac Africa Forum.pdf


From 29-30 August 2019, SAIFAC with the support of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, will be the leader organiser of the annual two-day Constitutional Court Review Conference.  A number of excellent local and international presenters will prepare academic papers evaluating the judgments of the Constitutional Court over the past year on many of the important issues raised by these judgments.  These papers will then be published in the annual Constitutional Court Review journal, which was accredited by the Department of Higher Education and Training at the end of 2015. Professor David Bilchitz and former researcher, Raisa Cachalia are editors. The editor in chief, Professor Stu Woolman is a research associate of SAIFAC and long-time supporter of its activities and events.

This conference is closed for authors.


SAIFAC invites you to submit an abstract for a paper on Justice for Victims of the Gross Human Rights Violation of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, a conference to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa on 27 – 29 November 2019.  The deadline for submission of abstracts is 31 March 2019 (

The central question of the conference is whether the international legal framework currently adequately addresses sexual and gender-based violence by achieving justice for its countless victims. The focus of the conference will be on the achievement of justice for victims based on three main themes, namely accountability (individual criminal prosecution and state responsibility); reparation for victims; and the positive role that international law can play in addressing the culture of denial and social stigma attached to these violations, and in restoring the dignity of its victims.

The conference is co-organised and supported by: SAIFAC (the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law), a Centre of the University of Johannesburg; SARCIL (the South African Research Chair in International Law); and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung – Rule of Law Program for Sub Saharan Africa. 

Saifac Gender Violence Conference.pdf

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