Rule of Law
The rule of law is the cornerstone of any constitutional democracy, ensuring that no-one is above the law and everyone is guaranteed fundamental human rights. Our Rule of Law Programme aims to advance certain civil and political rights, such as the right to protest, the right to freedom of expression, the rights of the arrested and detained, and the right of access to information. In addition to this rights-based work, the Programme aims to protect and promote the systems and institutions of South Africa’s constitutional democracy. This includes working to strengthen Chapter Nine institutions, supporting the transformation of the judiciary, and engaging with Parliament.
CALS currently hosts a project which analyses the work of the Constitutional Court, publishing statistics annually in the South African Journal on Human Rights (SAJHR). The project focuses on issues such as voting alignment between Justices of the Constitutional Court, government success rates in cases before the Court, and trends in the nature of cases heard by the Court. Access to the publications are available through the SAJHR.