Application is ongoing for the East Africa Emerging Public Interest Advocates Programme for young legal professionals is a flagship fellowship programme by the Centre for Strategic Litigation (CSL) 2021.
The East Africa Emerging Public Interest Advocates Programme for young legal professionals is a flagship fellowship programme by the Centre for Strategic Litigation (CSL) in partnership with other East African organisations including the Network of Public Interest Lawyers (NETPIL), Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC), Katiba Institute, Kituo cha Sheria, Advocates for Natural Resources and Development, Tax Justice Network – Africa, Center for Food and Adequate Living Rights, Initiative for Social and Economic Rights, Tree of Hope and Justice Centers. The programme empowers young advocates through rigorous skills-based training and practical experience in public interest litigation.
The goal of the programme is to build the next generation of public interest advocates in East Africa who share a commitment to and passion for promoting social justice and democratic values. This comes from the realisation that there is a limited number of active public interest litigants as most lawyers prefer careers in private and other fields of law. The fellowship provides up to 30 outstanding young advocates from Kenya, Tanzania (mainland), Tanzania (Zanzibar) and Uganda with an opportunity to learn from public interest litigation and advocacy academics and practitioners, both in class and in court for six (6) months under the following carefully designed curriculum:
- Residential programme
- Closing Seminars.
Start Date: February 1, 2021.
Duration: 6 months
- Economy travel to and from candidates country of residence by an approved route for them only.
- A stipend during the practicum phase (contingent upon completion of deliverables/set milestones).
To be eligible to apply for the fellowship, one must:
- Be a citizen of either Kenya, Uganda or Tanzania.
- Be able to start the programme in Tanzania by 01 February 2021 and commit throughout the entire phase of the programme until 14 August 2021 the latest.
- By February 2021, be a recent college graduate or young professionals with up to five years of relevant work experience.
- Demonstrate a passion for human rights and rule of law.
- Have provided all supporting documentation in the required format.
To be eligible for consideration, applications must include the following supporting documentation:
- Proof of citizenship – uploaded to the online application system.
- Full transcripts and certificates – uploaded to the online application system.
Application Deadline: December 9, 2020.
For more information and application, visit the official site.