Monday, 04 June 2012

Human right attorney Egon Oswald to deliver keynote on Advocacy and the Law at July workshop for NPOs

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One of four keynote speakers at the workshop "Survival, Strategy, and Sustainability: South African NPOs in 2012" is Egon Oswald. Oswald was voted as Human Rights Attorney of the year in 2011 by the Cape Law Society.  

Oswald is the first South African lawyer to successfully prosecute a claim against the state of South Africa in the United Nations.  The claim, which arose out of the mass torture of 234 prisoners at the St Albans Maximum Correctional Facility in Port Elizabeth, resulted in the murder of a warder by a prisoner.  

Oswald continues to fight for the rights of South Africans. His experience as a human rights lawyer has convinced him that the legal profession has a vital role to play in both prevention and control of the abuse of power. Also in the maintenance of a constitutional democracy in South Africa.  His is passionate about using the Justice system to hold State Officials and Institutions accountable when they abuse their powers. He believes that NPO’S should not underestimate the importance of “Impact litigation“ as an Advocacy tool.

The workshop offers NPO’s an exceptional opportunity to meet with leaders in various fields, to access their skills and to utilise this advice in their way forward, funded and secure that they are able to continue the vital work they undertake in South Africa today. 

Registrations for the workshop are currently being accepted. More information is available from [email protected], or by calling Sandhira on 011 6164015/6/7 or by logging onto the COACH website at  Or you can view or download the workshop brochure here or complete an online registration here. The fee for the three day workshop is R3450.00 per delegate.