- Country: Tanzania
- Open To: East Africa Countries
- Funding type: Full funded
- Deadline: 25th November 2021
The East Africa Emerging Public Interest Advocates Programme for young legal professionals is a flagship fellowship programme by the Center for Strategic Litigation (CSL), currently in partnership with 19 other East African organisations including The East African Court of Justice which is a regional organisation; Katiba Institute, Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC), and Kituo cha Sheria from Kenya; Center for Food and Adequate Living Rights (CEFROHT), Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER), and The Network of Public Interest Lawyers (NETPIL) from Uganda; and the Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC) from Tanzania. the program 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 realization 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. A 10% special quota is provided for young lawyers from Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan who meet the requirements for attending the program. Through a tailored approach, the training provides fellows 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:
Since the inauguration of the first training programme in November 2019, CSL has hosted two cohorts. Altogether out of 490 applicants, 47 fellows have been accepted to the programme thus far. A general profile of the fellows is as displayed below: Programme Book and Photo Book for the inaugural cohort: For more details about the experience of the fellows of the first cohort of the training programme, please read this Programme Book and see this Photo Book. The two documents may give prospective candidates an indication of what transpires throughout the training programme. Applications for cohort 3:Start and end dates: The fellowship programme for Cohort 3 is expected to start on 07 February 2022 and continue through and conclude on 24 August 2022, followed by a graduation ceremony in January 2023. A breakdown of the dates to cover the phases of the programme is as seen below:*Please note that these dates are subject to change depending on different factors. Any change will be communicated in good time.
CSL aims to identify talented individuals who have the potential to make the change. We are committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination, and encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates. To apply for the fellowship, you must: Application and selection process and timeline: The only way to apply for the fellowship is through the online application system that can be found HERE. The online application form must be written in English. CSL will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the online application system. Once you start the online application, you will have until the application round closes to submit the completed form. Active but incomplete applications will NOT be considered once the application window is closed. Applications must include the following supporting documentation to be eligible for consideration: Proof of citizenship (passport) – uploaded to the online application system. Full transcripts and certificates – uploaded to the online application system. Supporting documentation uploaded to the online application system must be uploaded as files that are no more than 5 MB in size and must be in one of the following formats: PDF, .doc, .docx, .odt, .jpg, .jpeg. Files submitted in any other format (including Zip files and PDF Portfolios) will NOT be accepted.
- The applicant’s commitment to a career in social justice and public interest law,
- The potential impact of the applicant’s work,
- The student’s record of service and accomplishment in law school.
- Recommendations of professional references known to the applicant.
Confidentiality shall be observed throughout the selection process.
During the review and selection process, the Selection Committee may have access to confidential information, including, but not limited to, your personal information, such as education history, employment history and information you choose to provide in your application. During the course of evaluating your application, CSL may also collect opinions, discussions, assessments results, and recommendations concerning your qualifications for the fellowship. You agree that this information is confidential to CSL and will not be shared with anyone during and following the selection process, except where the disclosure is required by applicable law.
Applications will be considered according to the following selection criteria:
- Academic merit of the candidate.
- Quality of the proposed casework.
- Potential impact on the development of the casework in the candidate’s home country.
- Two academic and/or professional letters of recommendation (emailed or mailed directly to CSL and received by the due date)
b. Applicants Interviews
The selection committee chooses applicants they wish to interview in person. During this interview, applicants are asked questions about their proposals and their interest in the fellowship. Successful applicants will receive an offer in the form of a confirmation letter. The letter must be signed and returned within 3 working days of receipt confirming a candidate’s acceptance of the fellowship. Please note that if a fellow chooses not to comply with the terms and conditions of the fellowship programme, CSL reserves the right to determine the appropriate course of action including, but not limited to:
- Terminating the fellowship
- Asking the fellow to reimburse costs for expenditures incurred.
If a candidate declines the fellowship, an established list of alternates will be used to fill the vacated position, following acceptance of, and participation in the programme.
- Economy travel to and from your country of residence by an approved route for you only. CSL will not purchase any travel tickets for a fellow unless they can show proof of all valid travel documents (e.g valid passports). CSL will not be liable for any loss or expenses (including airfares) for travel delays incurred by the fellow as a result of inaccurate information provided by the fellow, delays in submitting the appropriate forms to the relevant authorities or refusals of host or transit country authorities to grant a visa to the fellow.
- During the travel period covered under the training programme, it is the fellow’s responsibility to comply with all local laws and legislation of the country to which he or she will travel .
- A stipend during the practicum phase (contingent upon completion of deliverables/ set milestones)
- When the terms of admission have been agreed to, CSL will send you a formal confirmation of admission. You are expected to start the programme on the date stated in your notification of admission.
You are expected to start the programme on the date stated in your notification of admission.
- You will be selected for the programme on the basis of your case study (human rights infringement) outlined on your application form, which is not expected to change significantly during the programme. Any such changes must be agreed with CSL.
- Your award may be terminated at any time for reasons of unsatisfactory conduct, progress or attendance. Applicants are expected to adhere to CLS’s code of conduct for award-holders which states: