An intensive 1-month residential training programme in which the residency combines lectures, court visits, community engagements, and practical learning through moot courts and mock trials. During the period, fellows interact with some of the leading practitioners and scholars in human rights, constitutionalism and public interest litigation in East Africa.
After completion of the residential programme, the fellows spend 4.5 months in the field putting in practice what they learnt during the residential programme to build and implement a public interest project case.
They work under the close supervision of an experienced mentor to pick a case most relevant to the social justice context in their respective jurisdiction, undertake literature review and original research on the identified problem and work closely with the affected community to co-create a public interest case to be pursued through court action and advocacy.
Fellows are matched with respective host organizations who offer to support them through the course of their practicum and expose them to key skills in public interest litigation, advocacy and project management.
The host organizations provide professional development and network to their respective fellows and expose them to the practical realities of working in defense of social justice.
Fellows, trainers, and mentors convene in residence for reflection, evaluation of progress, and discussions on the way forward. The programme for respective cohorts concludes at this stage with graduating fellows allowed to join the programme’s alumni network.