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The DGRU is an applied research unit within the Public Law Department at the University of Cape Town. It was established in order for the faculty, and UCT more generally, to have a greater influence on democracy and human rights in South Africa and the region.

The DGRU is primarily concerned with issues of judicial governance on the African continent and has established itself as one of the leading think-tank on African judiciaries. We conduct our work through applied research, advocacy, training and publishing legal information online. 

We also provide practical work experience to postgraduate law students through a number of projects.