The Thulamela PBPIC is involved in the following projects.
Lawyers for Human Rights
The Thulamela PBPIC has been working with Lawyers for Human Rights Refugee and Migrant Rights Programme since October 2016 to establish a group of willing and able junior counsel to assist with matters in the Refugee Appeal Board and High Court.
As a first step in this project, the PBPIC together with Lawyers for Human Rights (and more recently, the JSA HRC) have run a series of workshops to equip junior members from our Group and the Johannesburg Bar with the skills to take on refugee and immigration matters. The workshops provide a general introduction to refugee law, together with practical advice on representing asylum-seekers in Refugee Appeal Board hearings and review applications in the High Court.
- 30 September 2016 at Thulamela Chambers.
- 2 June 2017 at Thulamela Chambers.
- 3 November 2017 at Pijte Chambers.
- 10 November 2017 at Thulamela Chambers.
The PBPIC has compiled a contact list of approximately 45 advocates who have received training and would like to take on pro bono refugee law work from Lawyers for Human Rights and other immigration attorneys.
A number of Thulamela juniors have now represented asylum-seekers in the Refugee Appeal Board and in High Court review applications.
Casual Workers’ Advice Office
The PBPIC has agreed to act as the first contact point for the Casual Workers’ Advice Office when they require counsel for employment matters both at CCMA level and in the High Court.
On 25 November 2016, the PBPIC hosted a workshop run by Suzanna Harvey of the Cape Bar, along with Ighsaan Schroeder the co-ordinator of the Casual Workers Advice Office covering the amendments to section 198 of the LRA and the issues arising in the review applications and the CCMA cases.
The JSA Human Rights Committee
The Johannesburg Society of Advocates Human Rights Committee decided to focus on migrant and refugee rights as the Committee’s primary human rights issue for 2017.
The PBPIC made contact with the JSA HRC to inform it of Thulamela’s ongoing collaboration with Lawyers for Human Rights on refugee and migrant issues, and Chris McConnachie has been co-opted to serve on the JSA HRC with the view to facilitating liaison between the two committees in respect of refugee and immigration rights.