South Africa

UNESCO Chair in Education Law (914), established in 2010 at the University of Pretoria (South Africa).


Education law.


The specific objectives of this Chair are to:

  • Strengthen the teaching and joint research capacity of the Faculties of Law of the nine partner Universities in African countries by exchanging lecturers and researchers:
  • Undertake research and analysis of new legislation in the field of education law in Africa, and preparation of model legislation on Education Law;
  • Provide training and formation for the enforcement of the right to education;
  • Initiate and develop African Legal Textbook Series on Education Law;
  • Provide the partner Faculties with a platform for exchange of knowledge concerning the legal frameworks governing education in the countries in which their are based;
  • Build professional networking between Faculties of Law of the participating Universities in African countries;
  • Build partnership I all countries involved in the networking, with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and public application of the legal frameworks applicable to education in the country in question.

Host Institution

University of Pretoria (South Africa)


UNESCO Sector/Office responsible for the Chair/Network


Contact Prof. Christof Heyns, UNESCO Chairholder

Dean of the Faculty of Law

University of Pretoria

Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa

0002 Pretoria

South Africa

E-mail: Christof.Heyns(at)