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Research Reports & Policy Briefs

Strategic litigation and legal advocacy often requires in-depth research to establish the extent of human rights infringements and the most appropriate remedies for such infringements. SALC has produced as number of research reports and policy briefs which guide its litigation and advocacy work.

Research Reports & Policy BriefsRule of LawZimbabwe

An Analysis of Zimbabwe’s Proposed Constitutional Amendments Relating to the Judiciary

The Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 2) Bill, 2019 (‘the Amendment Bill’) was published in Zimbabwe’s Government Gazette on 31 December 2019. The Bill seeks to make changes to the current Constitution of Zimbabwe (‘the 2013 Constitution’), establishing the rules and principles by which the polity of Zimbabwe is governed.…
Amanda Shivamba
10 Jun 2020
Research Reports & Policy BriefsRule of LawSADCZimbabwe


A Constitution of any State is a body of fundamental principles which the State is acknowledged to be governed by; it is the supreme law of the land. The procedure for amending a Constitution differs from State to State; however, it is always more difficult to amend a Constitution than…
Staff Writer
27 May 2020
Criminal JusticeFreedom of Expression, Assembly and AssociationHealth RightsResearch Reports & Policy BriefsRule of LawSADC

SALC Policy Brief: A Legal Overview of the Impact of COVID-19 on Justice and Rights in Southern Africa

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, various countries in the Southern African region have put in place restrictions on gatherings, free movement, commerce and expression. Many of these measures limit human rights and result in criminal sanctions for breach. This policy brief looks at these criminalising provisions within the context…
Staff Writer
26 May 2020
Research Reports & Policy BriefsSexual and Reproductive Health RightsWomen’s Land and Property RightsZimbabwe

Policy Brief: The Recognition of Customary Marriages In Zimbabwe And The Proposed Marriages Bill

The Zimbabwe Marriage Bill, 2019 was gazetted and released for public comment on 19 July 2019. The Bill proposes to amend  the law governing marriage in Zimbabwe, in order to  consolidate the different laws and to align the law with the Constitution. This policy brief seeks to analyse the proposed…
Freedom of Expression, Assembly and AssociationLitigation ManualsMalawiMozambiqueResearch Reports & Policy BriefsSADCTanzaniaUncategorizedZimbabwe

Navigating Litigation During Internet Shutdowns in Southern Africa

  As of 2018, ITU estimated that 51.2% of the global population was using the internet. Much of the recent growth is occurring in Africa, which saw a 20% bump in internet users over the course of 2017. There are now half a billion users across the continent, with some…
Staff Writer
14 Aug 2019
Research Reports & Policy BriefsRule of LawZambia

An Analysis of Zambia’s Proposed Constitutional Amendments Relating to National Assembly Oversight

The Zambian Constitutional Amendment Bill was released for public comment on 21 June 2019. The Bill proposes amendments relating to oversight functions of the National Assembly. This policy brief seeks to demonstrate what impact these proposed amendments to National Assembly oversight will have, whether or not they interfere with the…
Amanda Shivamba
31 Jul 2019
Research Reports & Policy BriefsZimbabwe

SALC Policy Brief: The Imposition of International Sanctions on Zimbabwe

The Imposition of International Sanctions on Zimbabwe Overview Economic sanctions are commercial and financial penalties imposed by countries against a targeted self-governing state, group, or individual with the aim of changing the behaviour of political elites in the target country. Zimbabwe has been under sanctions since 2002. The stated intention of these…