We use the law as a positive instrument for change for our clients, and in the public interest.
Our programmes do strategic work in six areas of human rights law. Specialist legal practitioners and activists staff each programme.
LHR employs a holistic approach to social justice and human rights enforcement that includes strategic litigation, advocacy, law reform, human rights education, and community mobilisation and support.
Impact litigation, legal advice, and law reform: developing the law to bring it in line with the rights in the Constitution
LHR provides legal services through its law clinics and advice offices, located in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Musina, Durban, Cape Town, and Upington. This allows us to identify trends and strategic issues arising across the country and across vulnerable groups that may benefit from litigation.
Advocacy and rights education
We measure our success not only by the number of court cases won, but the impact of those victories on the real lives of those we serve. Community-based outreach, advocacy, and rights education are a core component of LHR’s legal interventions, in order to amplify the impact of critical legal outcomes.
LHR seeks out and builds partnerships not only with other civil society actors, but also with communities for which we act as legal representatives and advisors. This ensures that LHR is responsive to the changing social justice issues of the day.
Select the office closest to you to find the contact details of the staff member that can assist you.
Kulwananong Democracy Centre
357 Visagie Street
Tel: 012 320 2943
4th Floor Southpoint Corner Building
87 De Korte Street
Tel: 011 339 1960
18 Watson Avenue
Tel: 015 534 2203
Room S104, Diakonia Centre
20th Diakonia Avenue (formerly St. Andrews Street)
Tel: 031 301 0531
Seehaam is the chair of the LHR Board of Trustees. She is the Director of the Women’s Legal Centre.
Arnold is the Africa Director at the International Commission of Jurists and previous recipient of the Martin Ennals Human Rights Award.
Nobunto is an advocate and a member of the Johannesburg Bar, and has previously worked in several international human rights NGOs.
Anthony is the acting Executive Director of the Law Society of South Africa.
Lawyers for Human Rights is proud to have the generous support of the following donors, who make our work possible.