Africa Criminal Justice Reform (ACJR)
They engage in high-quality research, teaching and advocacy on criminal justice reform and human rights in Africa. Their work supports targeted evidence-based advocacy and policy development promoting good governance and human rights in criminal justice systems. Their work is anchored in international, regional and domestic law. They promote policy, law and practice reform based on evidence. They have a particular focus on effective oversight over the criminal justice system, especially in relation to the deprivation of liberty.
Key aspects of their work include:
Their explicit human rights focus. International and regional human rights law informs and guides all of their work and They partner with organisations with similar approaches. This distinguishes them from security-focused organisations.
Their partnerships with local organisations. Partnerships ensure mutual learning and growth. Wherever possible they seek to support reform processes in partnership with government and civil society stakeholders across the continent, to ensure local ownership of reform processes and the transfer of skills.
Their expertise in both social science research and legal research. They carry out empirical social science research to inform policy and processes, in addition to legal analysis and research.
Their ability to engage in multiple languages. They have researchers fluent in English, French, Portuguese and Afrikaans, ensuring that they are able to engage with most countries in Africa.
Their ability to translate law and research into plain language and multi-media. Where appropriate, their work is transformed for particular audiences.
Their academic rigour. They are based at the Dullah Omar Institute which is in turn part of the University of the Western Cape. They regularly publish in academic journals.See more