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Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

PO Box 77000
Port Elizabeth, 6031
South Africa
Tel: +27 41 504-1200 | Fax: -9807

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

The Institute for Law in Action (ILA; previously known as the Institute for Sustainable Government and Development - ISGAD) is situated in the Faculty of Law and consists of 3 centres, namely the Centres for Sustainable Development, Government Support and Access to Justice. The centres are mainly focused on training, consultancy services and community engagement through the provision of legal advice and assistance. ILA has succeeded in establishing itself as a leading service provider for the establishment of Municipal Codes (writing and promulgation of full sets of by-laws), the implementation of Codes and the training of municipal staff in the enforcement thereof. It is also a major provider of training for councillors and ward committee members. The University Law Clinic and the Refugee Rights Centre are also housed in ILA.

Mission / Purpose:

ILA engages with all sectors of civil society in addressing community needs and contributing to sustainable development through research, capacity building, skills development, the rendering of institutional support and the establishment of best practices and benchmarks.

Primary aim:

The primary aim of ILA is to improve the levels of service delivery by the different spheres of government, to increase access to justice for the less fortunate sections of society and to build general managerial and administrative capacity within the ranks of the various sectors of South African civil society.

Specific objectives:

  • The improvement of the skills and capacity of those who are involved in public affairs, and who can make a contribution towards improving service delivery.
  • Assisting public authorities to establish or improve public policies and legislation in order to effectively manage public problems and issues.
  • Assisting communities to improve their quality of life through creating access to legal resources.
  • The improvement of local government by increasing the effectiveness of councillors, officials and ward committee members.
  • Making the results of technical reports available for the benefit of communities and society at large and engaging appropriate government departments, NGOs and CBOs.
  • The development of appropriate technologies to serve the public sector and civil society.