The Legal Resources Centre (LRC) is South Africa’s largest public interest, human rights law clinic. Established in 1979, we use the law as an instrument of justice for the vulnerable and marginalised, including poor, homeless and landless people. The LRC has four offices in Cape Town, Durban, Grahamstown and Johannesburg.
The LRC aspires towards a fully democratic equal society. Our goals are to promote justice using the Constitution ‚build respect for the rule of law ‚and contribute to socio-economic transformation within South Africa and Beyond.
Inspired by our history, the Constitution and international human rights standards, the LRC is committed to a fully democratic society based on the principle of substantive equality and to ensure that the principles, rights, and responsibilities enshrined in our national Constitution are respected, promoted, protected and fulfilled.
To strive, both for itself and in its work, for a fully democratic society based on the principle of substantive equality and to ensure that the principles, rights, and responsibilities enshrined in our national Constitution are respected, promoted, protected and fulfilled.
To function as an independent, client-based, non-profit public interest law clinic which uses law as an instrument of justice and provide legal services for the vulnerable and marginalised, including the poor, homeless, and landless people and communities of South Africa who suffer discrimination by reason of race, class, gender, disability or by reason of social, economic, and historical circumstances.
To work for a fully democratic society and to build respect for the rule of law and constitutional democracy; enable the vulnerable and marginalised to assert and develop their rights; promote gender and racial equality and oppose all forms of unfair discrimination; and contribute to the development of a human rights jurisprudence and to the social and economic transformation of society.
The LRC seeks creative and effective solutions by using a range of strategies, including impact litigation, law reform, participation in partnerships and development processes, education and networking within South Africa, the African continent and at the international level.