Since 2002 IRLI has been conducting a Commercial Law Training Programme targeting lawyers from disadvantaged backgrounds in South Africa, building their capacity to become commercial legal practitioners.
Since 2017 the programme has been supported by Matheson, and has been previously supported by Irish Aid in South Africa.
IRLI team visiting the South African Supreme Court, Johannesburg, 2017.
Success of the Programme
With little prominence given to commercial law during formal legal training in South Africa, and with little opportunity for lawyers from rural or disadvantaged backgrounds to subsequently break into the commercial law arena, participants have expressed sincere gratitude for the focus of this course on building confidence and knowledge.
Participants have used the training as a springboard for expanding their practice or securing a better job.
This has particular significance in isolated areas where lawyers can in turn use their knowledge to encourage greater contribution to the market economy and provide valuable legal assistance to local businesses.