DAY 1: 13 OCTOBER 2021


08h30 – 09h30                     Time to settle in, attend to urgent emails and other work

09h30 – 10h00                    Welcome, framing of PILG and explanation of the programme
Teresa Yates (National Director at ProBono.Org)           

10h00– 11h00                     Keynote Address by Dr Sithembile Mbethe
Introduction by Palesa Madi (Deputy Director at Centre for Applied Legal Studies)

11h00 – 11h15                    Tea break

11h15 – 11h30                    Update on COVID-19 hotline and PILS website
Michael Clements (Head of Programmes at Lawyers for Human Rights)

11h30 – 13h00                    Plenary: Social grants
Facilitator: Isobel Frye (Director at Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute)

13h00 – 14h00                    Lunch break

14h00 – 15h30                    Panel 1A: Informal and precarious livelihoods during COVID – impacts and responses
                                                      Facilitator: Kelebogile Khunou (Researcher at Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa)


Panel 1B: Rights and accountability in customary law: Developments backward and forward for rural communities
Facilitator: Monica De Souza Louw (Deputy Director at Land and Accountability Research Centre)


15h30 – 15h45                    Tea break

15h45 – 17h00                    Self-care session
Facilitator: Lucy Draper-Clarke (Heart-Mind)


DAY 2: 14 OCTOBER 2021


08h30 – 08h45                     Time to settle in, attend to urgent emails and other work

08h45 – 09h15                    Self-care session
Facilitator: Lucy Draper-Clarke (Heart-Mind)

09h30 – 11h00                    Plenary: Threatened and collapsing institutions
Facilitator: Prof Tshepo Madlingozi (Director at Centre for Applied Legal Studies)

11h00 – 11h15                    Tea break

11h15 – 12h45                   Panel 2A: Can we use learning/adaptation from the COVID-19 pandemic to sharpen our defence of/progress towards social justice outcomes in a changed climate?
Facilitator: Wandisa Phama (Deputy Director at Centre for Environmental Rights)

Panel 2B: A rights-based green recovery post COVID-19: Where legal and policy efforts to further Animal Wellbeing, Social Justice and a Healthy Environment
Facilitator: Lara Wallis (Executive Director at Animal Law Reform South Africa)

Panel 2C: Reflections on multi-faceted education activism in South Africa during COVID-19
Facilitator: Hopolang Selebalo (Head of Research at Equal Education)

12h45 – 13h45                    Lunch break

13h45 – 15h15                    Panel 3A: Vaccine Apartheid and Secrecy – Using law to advocate for equity, transparency and accountability within a global pandemic
Facilitator: Dr Marlise Richter (Senior Researcher at Health Justice Initiative)

Panel 3B: : Mandatory vaccination – Reconciling individual rights and public health
Facilitator: Mbali Baduza (Legal Researcher at Section27)

Panel 3C: Naming the Perpetrators of GBV: Legal Challenges and Conundrums
Facilitator: Erica Emdon (Director at Public Interest Practice)

15h15 – 15h30                    Tea break

15h30 – 16h45                    Plenary: The role of donors in responding to COVID-19 – The future of funding for the public interest legal sector
Facilitator: Nersan Govender (Director at Legal Resources Centre)

16h45 – 17h00                    Closing and thanks
Seehaam Samaai (Director at Womxn’s Legal Centre)