Public Interest Litigation


Final Level, half course, second semester.

9 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8

Convener: Associate Professor F Khan and P Mfobu

Course entry requirements: All Preliminary and Intermediate Level courses to have been completed.

Course outline:

This course is designed to examine strategic and legal issues related to litigating in the public’s interest and social justice cases that advance the constitutional and civil rights of vulnerable groups or communities. The course will draw from the Refugee Rights and the Land and Accountability Research Centre’s experience as part of teams engaged in strategic impact litigation about land rights over several years. We will explore public interest litigation and approaches by examining the legal framework, through a variety of case studies, pending litigation and guest lecturers. The course is based on a participatory, active learning approach, with an emphasis on practical learning. Participants will do the required readings, prepare individual and group assignments and participate actively in group discussions.

DP requirements: None.

Assessment: One written assignment which will contribute 20%, a presentation which will contribute to 20%, class attendance and participation which will contribute 10% and an exam which will contribute 50% to the final mark.