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Our work is based on the belief that strategic litigation is an immensely strong tool for social change as it helps to re-frame the understanding of entitlements before the law and challenges the legal discourse. Our capacity strengthening programmes aim to transfer the skills and expertise needed for local lawyers to; select, develop and argue cases effectively.



Through ISLA’s analysis and consultations, it has been brought to the fore that there is a skills deficit among individuals and institutions undertaking strategic litigation on ‘Violence Against Women’ VAW and SRHR. As a result, there is a critical need to provide sustained tailor-made capacity strengthening initiatives to lawyers as a means of ensuring effective strategic litigation and ultimately the development of progressive jurisprudence on VAW and SRHR. This is the overarching aim of our “Violence Against Women” and “Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights” Litigation Institute (the Institute).


The Institute is a unique initiative aimed at strengthening and developing the capacity of lawyers from Africa for strategic litigation on women’s rights issues. The Institute;

– Provides participants with advanced and in-depth knowledge and practical exercises on women’s human rights protection,

– Aims to improve the participant’s practical skills in the development of strategic litigation through the use of regional mechanisms,

– Gives lawyers an opportunity to get acquainted with the regional standards in the field of equal treatment of women, including the case law of the African Court.


Through its Institutes, covering a diverse range of women’s rights issues, ISLA will ultimate achieve the following;

– Develop successful regional and country level litigation strategies on women’s human rights in Africa,

– Strengthen the capacity of lawyers in the region to litigate women’s human rights cases at domestic and regional levels,

– Provide continuous support and expertise for women’s rights litigation efforts by strengthening the network of lawyers for women’s human rights strategic litigation in the region.


Each Institute runs for 2 weeks and is comprised of sessions that equip participants with an understanding of legal feminist theories, relevant regional and universal norms and standards, and the available legal remedies at domestic and regional levels.


There will also be a practical component in the form of a Moot Court competition. The faculty comprises of experts from both academia and practise who specialise in issues relating to VAW, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.


More information on the Litigation Institute can be found in the programme booklet.

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