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South Africa hears historic class action for lead poisoning launched by Zambian children and women

South Africa hears historic class action for lead poisoning launched by Zambian children and women.
International Criminal Justice

The Prosecutor v Dominic Ongwen: Landmark judgment for the prosecution of sexual and gender-based crimes at the ICC

On 15 December 2022, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) delivered its judgment in the case of The Prosecutor v Dominic Ongwen. SALC and Prof. Bonita Meyersfeld…
Civic Rights Association & Assembly

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) calls on the international community to transform the International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian people into action to protect human rights and defenders. On…
Criminal Justice News

The Rivonia statement

Friday, 28 October 2022; A large, multi-sectoral group of stakeholders from across Africa met in Johannesburg near Liliesleaf Farm, Rivonia, to consider urgent action to address cruel, inhuman, and degrading conditions…

Completed Cases

International Justice

Revocation of VISA to a convicted Dutch war criminal: Augustinus Maria Kouwenhoven

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre has filed an application requesting the Western Cape High Court to cancel the visa of convicted arms trafficker and war criminal Augustinus Maria Kouwenhoven. Kouwenhoven…
International Justice

South Africa: Amicus curiae in Law Society of South Africa case challenging SA signing of new SADC Tribunal protocol

SALC was admitted as amicus curiae in the matter of the Law Society of South Africa and others vs the President and Others. At the hearing SALC made submissions pertaining to relevant international and…
International Justice Completed Cases

STATEMENT: ICC refuses all African submissions in respect of The Hashemite Republic of Jordan’s Failure to cooperate with the ICC to arrest President Al Bashir BEFORE the Appeals Chamber

On 29 April 2018, the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) jointly with Professor Bonita Meyersfeld, filed an application for leave to make amicus curiae submissions in the case of The…
International Justice


On 23rd February the Constitutional Court handed down a unanimous judgment in the consolidated applications in the case of State v Okah. The Judgment followed a hearing which took place on…



South Africa: A safe haven for perpetrators of international crimes?

Mail & Guardian 12 November 2021 Atilla Kisla The Office of the Chief Prosecutor of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT) visited Pretoria on 8 and 9 November to meet…

Back to old habits? South African arms exports to Saudi Arabia and the UAE

Mail&Guardian By Atilla Kisla Following illegal and unethical arms trades to countries with very poor human rights records under apartheid, democratic South Africa established a legal framework so that the…
Criminal Justice

2019-2021 Biennial report

SALC's biennial report captures activities for March 2019 to February 2021. Read the report here.
International Justice Resources

SALC policy brief on ICC witnesses and the review of the Rome Statute: The missing link

The Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court resolved in December 2019 to establish the Independent Expert Review to identify ways of strengthening…