The field of public interest litigation has expanded and is continuing to expand rapidly in South Africa, with an increasing amount of institutions engaging with law as a tool for social change.

The public interest law gathering (PILG) is an annual event held in Johannesburg, South Africa since 2011 bringing together public interest legal practitioners and organisations, law students, paralegals, social movement leaders and legal academics with the aim of serving as a focal point for professionals in the field to share and develop knowledge.  Focusing on public interest litigation, the gathering is a collaborative knowledge-sharing exercise, as well as an opportunity to promote networking in the public interest community. We intend to facilitate greater collaboration within human rights and public interest litigation oriented organisations and to increase the skills of persons working in such organisations.

*PILG 2016 is organized by the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS), Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR), the Legal Resources Centre (LRC), ProBono.Org, Section27, the Socio-economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI), the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC), Students for Law and Social Justice (SLSJ) and the University of the Witwatersrand, School of Law.


Listen to the Keynote Address by Justice Mokgoro here







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Public Interest Law Gathering Young Professionals – 31 August 2016. We the young black professionals of the public interest law sector, on behalf of all young black professionals in the legal sphere write this letter of demand to draw attention to a number fo issue which concern us. Click here to read the letter of demand

PILG 2016 Announcement – 24 June 2016

Public Interest Law Gathering: A Coming Together of Public Interest Law Practitioners in South Africa 29 – 31 August, 2016 Venue: University of the Witwatersrand, School of Law Some of the Topics to be Explored Include: Political Parties in Public Interest Litigation Universities as Sites of Struggle Litigation vs. Advocacy: Do We Have to Choose? Spotlight on the “Hands Off Our Grant Campaign” Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Strategies for Public […]


SAVE THE DATE!!!!! For the Sixth Annual Public Interest Law Gathering* (PILG) August 29 – 31, 2016 Venue: University of the Witwatersrand, School of Law More Details to Follow!