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ABOUT

Students for Law and Social Justice (SLSJ) is a South African students organization dedicated to protecting human rights, preventing discrimination and promoting social justice and the rule of law.  The Society has been formed in partnership between students of the various universities of South Africa, with the aim to transform legal education and access to justice.

 

FOUNDING PRINCIPLES

  • Advancing the constitutional values of human dignity and of equality, and the advancement of human rights and freedoms;
  • A commitment to non-racialism and non-sexism as well as the supremacy of the Constitution of South Africa and the rule of law;
  • The need for a progressive and united student voice, across universities, faculties and disciplines,  to address the challenges of our society.

 

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

  • Learn about the challenges facing our world, continent and country, and about how a progressive rule of law can underpin development and social transformation;
  • Lead students across South Africa to engage in legal and organising work to build social justice; and
  • Provide opportunities for legal graduates to engage in public interest legal work before and after graduation;
  • Work for the transformation of our law schools and universities into socially engaged institutions that recognise the challenges of our society and dedicate themselves to those challenges, whilst working to improve standards and accessibility.

 

We seek to achieve our aim by educating our members, the broader student and wider community, about the challenges facing society and about ways to respond through (including but not limited to) the organising of seminars, discussions, debates, workshops, research and study groups, and the adoption of practical programmes and campaigns aimed at achieving our objectives as stated in the SLSJ constitution.

 

BRIEF HISTORY

SLSJ was launched by students in 2007 as a seminar-based forum, for law students to engage on central issues of legal and socio-economic concern. In 2008, SLSJ became a national organisation, fostering networking, dialogue and activism between the Universities of Cape Town, Western Cape, Fort Hare, KwaZulu-Natal and the North West. University branch committees were established among the students, working closely with the National Executive Committee and SLSJs other branches.

 

Over the years, our membership has significantly grown and has increased to include the Universities of Stellenbosch, Witwatersrand, Pietermaritzburg and the Free State.

 

2007 Founding Members

Founding Chairperson Doron Isaacs (UCT)

Nyoko Mavungua (UCT)

Jeremy Raizon (UCT)

Emma Holtmann (UCT)

Dmitri Holtzman (UWC)

Janice Bleazard (UCT)

Gabi Richards (UCT)

Emma Webber (UCT)

Yana van Leeve (UWC)