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SALC was officially launched on 20 June 2005, originally as a joint initiative of the International Bar Association (IBA) and the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA).


Our vision is that the rule of law and human rights are respected, protected, promoted and fulfilled throughout Southern Africa.


Our mission is to promote and advance human rights, democratic governance, rule of law and access to justice in Southern Africa through strategic litigation, advocacy and capacity strengthening.


  • We believe in the promotion of democratic values, human dignity, substantive equality and non-discrimination.
  • We focus our work on communities who are marginalised and face challenges in accessing legal, social and environmental justice.
  • We strive to foster an environment which respects the physical, mental and social well-being of our clients, partners and staff and encourages human flourishing.
  • We strive to work in an inclusive, accountable, responsive, effective, consultative and empowering manner.