The pioneer research capacity-building workshop under the TY Danjuma Fund, an endowment supporting the work of the Centre for Comparative Law in Africa (CCLA) held from 20 – 23 September 2016 and was attended by ten researchers from the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS). This event is modelled after the Emerging Researchers’ Programme at UCT where early career academics are mentored through a programme that introduces them comprehensively to the research enterprise.  Workshop sessions addressed various aspects of conducting research in an African context, including research planning, methodologies and publishing. The objective is to equip participants with tools for initiating, undertaking and publishing Africa-focused research.

Consequently, research skills for a range of academic writing, including papers for publication, book chapters, master’s dissertations, doctoral proposals were covered.  A seminar on feeding research into postgraduate teaching was also included in the programme as some of the participants have limited teaching responsibilities at the master’s level.

The workshop was hosted by the CCLA and organised by UCT Law Faculty’s Professional Development Programme, Law@Work. All resource people were from UCT, one from the Research Office and all others from the Law Faculty.  In a flow of engaging sessions, various topics were discussed and from feedback received, the participants clearly found the event to be timely and of tremendous value.

Download the Workshop Programme here.