Makwanyane Institute Call for Applications

I am pleased to share with our readers the Makwanyane Institute’s call for applications for its 2018 workshop. The institute is located at Cornell University Law School in the USA. I know of several lawyers who participated last year and had a wonderful time. All the details are below- please note the deadline for applications is 20 November 2017. OW.


The Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide is pleased to accept applications for its second Makwanyane Institute, an intensive training workshop for capital defenders, that will take place in the USA from June 18 to 28, 2018. Named in honor of the South African Constitutional Court’s seminal decision abolishing the death penalty, the Institute will offer fifteen Fellows the opportunity to participate in specialized training, litigation support, and community-building.

The Institute invites applications from criminal defense lawyers practicing in common law jurisdictions in Africa, including Botswana, Cameroon, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Applications are due November 20, 2017.

The 2018 Makwanyane Fellows will travel from June 18 to 28, 2018 to Cornell University Law School in the USA to be trained and mentored by a team of leading experts in death penalty representation in the US and internationally. Fellows will be expected to organize follow-up trainings in their country of practice.

Airfare, accommodation, and meals are provided for Makwanyane Fellows.


You can find the application form and more information here. The completed application form should be returned by email to by November 20, 2017.

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