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The DGRU 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 an applied research and advocacy unit within the Public Law Department at the University of Cape Town. We are primarily concerned with issues of judicial governance on the African continent. We have established ourselves as one of the leading think-tanks 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.