Media Report on Keynote by Judge Jody Kollapen The keynote address of the Public Interest Law Gathering at Wits University on Thursday, 24 July 2014 was delivered by Judge Jody Kollapen of the North Gauteng High Court. It was titled: “How, and to what extent, has public interest litigation unlocked the promise of the Constitution?” Kollapen highlighted four areas in which public interest law work has made a significant contribution, including ensuring the lawful exercise of power, […]

Swazi Statement made at PILG 2014

JOINT STATEMENT BY CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS 25 JULY 2014 Civil Society Organisations Condemn Unreasonable Sentence of Prominent Swaziland Activists The undersigned organisations, meeting at the Public Interest Law Gathering in Johannesburg, condemn the conviction and unreasonable sentence handed down by Judge Mpendulo Simelane in the Mbabane High Court in Swaziland. Last week, Judge Simelane found human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko and magazine editor Bheki Makhubu guilty of contempt of court […]

Text of Justice Cameron’s Speech at PILG 2014 available on website

Justice Cameron delivered a speech at a Birthday Party Reception in the evening of July 24, 2014. Please go to the website at

Livestreaming available for PILG 2014

All the PILG 2014 sessions being held in the Chalsty Auditorium are being livestreamed. To view, go to  

A Thank You to Our Sponsor(s)

A Big THANK YOU to our sponsors for PILG 2014: The Bertha Foundation The Open Society Foundation South Africa The South African Human Rights Commission

First Day Details: PILG 24 July 2014

*Participants are urged to get to the Wits campus early *We will post suggestions re: where to find parking — be aware that the students will be in session *Registration: Thursday, 24 July from 8:00 to 9:00, Chalsty Centre, Wits Law School, West Campus *Start Time: 9:00 am SHARP!

LHR to host seminar on refugee protection, 23 July 2014

As part of Public Interest Law Gathering 2014, Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) will host a day-long seminar on the state of refugee protection in South Africa. Panel discussions will focus on the refugee status determination system, labour rights, the special dispensation for Zimbabweans and the protection challenges caused by the on-going xenophobic attacks on refugee traders. The main aim of the workshop is to bring together civil society organizations, […]