Director: Ms F. Khan
In 1998, in response to the growing needs of refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa, the UCT Law Clinic created a Refugee Rights Project (the RRP), to offer much needed legal aid for this target group. Today the RRP is an independent unit and with its expanded vision now, in addition to the practice, also offers academic courses at both the LLB and Masters levels. Furthermore, the RRP, utilising its work with an ever increasing number of refugees and asylum seekers from across the world, has begun to engage in academic research.
Currently the RRP is engaged in a collaborative project with the universities of Oxford, York and Melbourne analysing domestic refugee legislation. In addition staff are undertaking rights-specific research on the rights of refugees in South Africa, including the right to safety and security, access to courts, workplace rights, and the rights of migrant children.
The RRP also hosts an externship project with Stanford University, Michigan State University and the City University of New York.