Our Mission

The African Centre of Excellence for Access to Justice

The establishment of an African Centre of Excellence (ACE) for Access to Justice will facilitate comparative learning for primarily African legal empowerment programmes as well as international programmes and grow a community of best-practice. It will showcase the work of its members and draw the attention of the organised legal profession to the work of the paralegal sector in Africa. For the purposes of this project, we see the Kigali Continental Conference as a starting point for determining the way forward for such a centre.

We see the issues to be addressed as a need to find formal ways in which the role of paralegals in promoting access to justice is recognised by the judiciary. Through the hosting of the Kigali Continental Conference we will be facilitating and collaborating to achieve judicial support for the African Centre of Excellence for Access to Justice.

African Centre of Excellence for Legal Empowerment in South Africa Feasibility Study

This field visit report forms part of a broader feasibility study undertaken to establish whether the proposed African Centre of Excellence for Legal Empowerment in South Africa (“African Centre”) is well founded and likely to fulfil the needs of the African continent in improving access to justice and promoting legal empowerment in the continent. This study will detail the economic and financial, institutional and management, environmental and socio-cultural, and operational aspects of the African Centre.