Pro Bono and Human Rights
As a responsible corporate citizen, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH) is sensitive to the broader socioeconomic context within which it conducts business and strives to make a positive contribution to South Africa’s developmental challenges. In furtherance of this commitment it seeks to actively promote constitutional values and facilitate access to justice for the disadvantaged and vulnerable.
In 2011, as a manifestation of our firm’s commitment to human rights, CDH set up a dedicated Pro Bono and
Human Rights practice which has built a reputation as a leader in the field. Each year, our small but vibrant practice provides thousands of hours of pro bono assistance to numerous deserving individuals and organisations unable to pay for legal services.
In addition to running our own independent matters, our practice also draws on the wealth of knowledge and expertise in the firm’s other practice areas, allowing us to offer a wide range of specialist pro bono legal services of the highest quality to a range of different clients. Because we believe our future as a nation lies in
building and empowering communities, our practice also engages in human rights training, legal training and special project work. Every attorney in the firm is encouraged to make a contribution not only to the provision of pro bono legal services but also in rolling out our human rights-based special projects and initiatives.
- Assisting vulnerable individuals
- High impact/public interest litigation
Specialist fields of expertise
- Constitutional law
- National key points
- Zimbabwean torture case
- Powers of the Public Protector
- Refugee law
- Promotion of access to information
- TRC database
- Human rights training/special projects
- Assisting NGOs and NPOs
- Staffing clinics
Our Pro Bono and Human Rights team is externally praised for its depth of resources, capabilities and experience.
- In 2015 our Pro Bono practice was shortlisted for the award for the most impactful case at the 2015 ProBono.Org Awards for its contribution to the SAHA/R2K National Key Points matter.