DGRU provides research support to judiciaries in Africa. The support is in the form of (i) capacity building, (ii) deployment of researchers to superior courts and (iii) virtual research support. As part of capacity building, DGRU provides training to court researchers in order to enhance their capacity to conduct high quality research for judges. DGRU also deploys researchers to clerk in superior courts in Africa. The researchers are mainly Masters and PhD law students from the University of Cape Town and they are deployed to work within courts for a period ranging from 6 months to 1 year.
As part of the virtual research support to judiciaries in Africa, DGRU works with a team of outstanding Masters and PhD law students from the University of Cape Town, to provide judges with peer reviewed legal opinions on specific questions of law. DGRU also provides judges with access to research materials such as academic articles and case law. A member of the judiciary from any jurisdiction in Africa who needs support with research can send a request by email to the Director of DGRU, Ms Vanja Karth or DGRU Researcher Dr Justice Alfred Mavedzenge