Call for Applications: 3rd Litigation Surgery on Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender and Intersex Rights in South Africa

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Opportunity closing date: 
Thursday, 12 July, 2012
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INTERIGHTS is an international NGO providing leadership and support in the legal protection of human rights. The organisation works to ensure that human rights standards are protected and promoted effectively in domestic courts and before regional and international bodies, contributing to the development of a cumulative and progressive interpretation of international human rights law.

INTERIGHTS is calling for applications for its conference entitled ‘3rd Litigation Surgery on Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Rights in South Africa’, taking place from 18-21 September 2012 in Pretoria.

Applicants are required to submit cases involving LGBTI rights violations.

The objective of the planned litigation surgery is to identify and provide substantive support to cases involving LGBTI rights that could be pursued before domestic or international fora and to build relationships with lawyers undertaking such cases.

Criteria for eligibility:

  • The call for applications is open to lawyers, whether in private practice or affiliated to an NGO, who litigate on LGBTI rights in Africa. It is desirable that lawyers have an affiliation to an NGO. A total of 10-12 participants will be selected;
  • The lawyers must have a demonstrated interest in and/or knowledge of LGBTI rights;
  • The lawyers must also have a demonstrated interest in and/or knowledge of international and regional human rights law;
  • In order to be considered, the lawyers must be involved in litigating a case or cases that address LGBTI rights violations. With their application, they must submit at least one case study of a case that they are litigating or intend to litigate that could be discussed during the litigation surgery;
  • The cases submitted must involve the violation of a fundamental right protected in a national constitution (for instance the right to be free from discrimination or freedom of association), African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights ('ACHPR'), Convention Against Torture (‘CAT’) or any other relevant international human rights instrument.
  • The complainant must be willing to have the case litigated before their national courts and, if domestic remedies have been exhausted, to have the case referred to the ACHPR or other applicable treaty body.
  • The cases must fall within one of the following themes:
    • Discrimination;
    • Access to health care;
    • Freedom of association;
    • Freedom of expression;
    • Torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment;
    • Education;
    • Privacy;
    • Assembly;
    • Forced sterilisation;
    • Denial of identity;
    • Housing.

Applicants are encouraged to submit more than one case.

The working language for the meeting will be English

To apply, complete an application form and submit it together with your case summary(ies) to Moni Shrestha at

Enquiries: Sibongile Ndashe, E-mail:

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