Overview and history

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) is a regional NGO which uses public interest litigation, training, research and advocacy in eleven Southern African countries to realise and advance the rights of marginalised and vulnerable groups and to strengthen the rule of law.

SALC was officially launched on 20 June 2005, originally as a joint initiative of the International Bar Association (IBA) and the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA). It was launched as the first organisation dedicated to the training and support of lawyers litigating human rights and rule of law issues in Southern African countries.

SALC aims to increase public awareness within Southern Africa of the potential and importance of litigation and legal systems in vindicating human rights. SALC aims to enhance the quality of arguments made before domestic courts, and to ensure such arguments are supported by rigorous research and applicable authority. In so doing it aims to secure authoritative court judgments establishing strong legal precedents that uphold and protect human rights and the rule of law in the region.