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Public Interest Legal Services in South Africa: Project Report

Geographic relevance: South Africa

Data type: Legal references

Author(s): Michael Clark et al

Publication details: SERI (Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa)2015

About this resource:

This is a study by and for the public interest legal services sector. It was implemented by the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI), which is one of the nation’s leading public interest law NGOs, with a significant track record of human rights research and collaborative work with a wide array of actors within the sector.

The report is based on extensive interviews with people and organisations active in the field of public interest legal services in South Africa. It provides answers to questions such as: How can the sector’s value and impact best be characterised and measured? How, and to what ends, do organisations, other groupings and individuals within the sector co-ordinate their activities and collaborate with each other? What role do public interest legal services play in expanding access to justice? What obstacles do they face in doing so?

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