The Equal Education Law Centre
Founded in 2012, the EELC is registered as a law clinic with the Cape Law Society and its staff of social justice lawyers specialise in education policy, legal advocacy, community lawyering and public interest litigation. The EELC engages in strategic litigation regarding major issues surrounding long-term educational reform, as well as working on individual cases arising from experiences of learners, parents and teachers, such as expulsions, disciplinary matters and access to schools. The EELC provides legal services and representation free of charge to persons who would not otherwise be able to afford them. The legal processes pursued by the EELC seek to create systemic change in the education sector.
CLS’s collaboration with the EELC is centred on exposing law students to the movement and community lawyering, advocacy and legal research done by the EELC. Through the collaboration CLS also seeks to use its positioning as a research centre to build the research capacity of the EELC and other activist organisations.
Democratic Governance & Rights Unit (DGRU)
The DGRU is an applied research unit within the Public Law Department at UCT. The DGRU's work is primarily concerned with the relationship between rights and governance. Its work focuses on the intersection between public administration, with the challenge of public accountability, on the one hand, and the realisation of constitutionally-enshrined human rights on the other.
CLS and the DGRU’s current collaborations focus on work on judges, judicial training and transformation, and legal education.
Social Change Assistance Trust (SCAT)
SCAT was founded in the early 1980’s by three trustees who believed there was a need to provide grants to organisations to promote community-based control. This was seen as a critical component of transformative development and the creation of a strong civil society and good governance. These community based organisations are termed Local Development Agencies (LDAs) because they are agents of change in the communities where they work.
Over the years SCAT has refined a model of indigenous grant-making that has proved to be empowering and sustainable, and these funds enable a tangible impact at the local level. A bottom-up, people centred development approach is promoted and SCAT encourages accountability and transparency between the LDAs, the community and the donor.
CLS and SCAT are currently partnering on a book project, as well as a research project assessing Legal Advice Offices’ engagement with domestic violence cases.