Mr Musa Kika.

Former Law student Mr Musa Kika’s recent appointment as Assistant Researcher at the Democratic Governance and Rights Unit (DGRU) will see him explore his passion for Human Rights, Constitutional Law and Administrative Law.

The Unit, launched in 2014, is an applied research unit within the Public Law Department at the University of Cape Town (UCT), focusing on issues of judicial governance, encompassing judicial appointments, gender transformation of the judiciary, right to information, free access to law as well as well as constitutionalism.

For Kika – graduating with his LLB next month – this internship will allow him to assist in conducting research in the Unit’s focus areas thus broadening his knowledge in these various aspects of Law. Kika also has some research experience as he has worked as a Research Assistant at the School of Law and enhanced knowledge of real life court cases though being part of the clerkship programme facilitated by Judge Malcom Wallis at the School.

‘My involvement with DRGU started in February, following my move from UKZN to UCT. I had been in contact with the Unit since I was accepted at UCT last year. Presently, I am partaking in two projects: the JSC Monitoring project and a scoping study on the expansion of the monitoring project to other African countries. This involves monitoring the judicial appointment process in other African jurisdictions,’ said Kika.

The 2014 Ellie Newman Memorial Moot Court finalist, who is also studying towards an LLM in Public Law, says the knowledge gained from the internship will be beneficial to his studies.

‘The work I do at the DRGU involves something I am interested in. My passion is to promote the use of law to advance good governance. Projecting into the future, I aim to join the Bar and practise in the area of Public Law.

‘My long term goals are to serve Africa in the areas of human rights, governance and the rule of law through institutions such as SADC, the AU, and the UN, and their affiliate bodies,’ said Kika.