Research and Advocacy
The DGRU is one of Africa’s leading research centres in the area of judicial governance.
Capacity Development
DGRU provides University-certifed short courses to African judges and legal researchers through the Judicial Institute for Africa (JIFA).
Judicial appointments
DGRU attends the public interviews conducted by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), and conduct research on the judicial track records of the candidates being interviewed.



Based in the Faculty of Law at the University of Cape Town (UCT), the DGRU is an applied research and advocacy unit that focuses on supporting judicial governance and providing free access to legal resources in Africa.

  • Our work aspires to support SDG 16 through strengthening judicial institutions and strengthening the rule of law and promoting human rights.
  • We are a member of the Global Judicial Integrity Network.
  • In 2018, we were recognised as an official resource partner of the Southern African Chief Justices Forum (SACJF).
  • We provided the background research to the Lilongwe Principles of Judicial Selection and Appointment, recently adopted by the SACJF.
  • We are a member of the global Free Access to Law Movement.

We also provide various capacity development opportunities for students.

Our strategy and activities are informed by our theory of change.