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.
Safety & Violence Initiative (SaVI)
The Safety and Violence Initiative (SaVI) facilitates debate, research and interventions across the university with a focus on understanding and responding to violence, and promoting safety. The initiative brings together scholars from a number of departments, centres and units across UCT. SaVI is one of four multi-disciplinary strategic ventures at UCT, and covers one of the national priorities – crime and violence.
CLS and SaVI are collaborating on the issues of campus safety generally, and the response to sexual violence in particular.