Immigration and refugee law [Seminar] postponed to November

About the seminar

Immigration and refugee law have grown exponentially as distinct areas of practice over the past two decades. The South African economy needs to import skilled foreign nationals on an ongoing basis. However, the complexities and implications for clients if their immigration status is questioned can be devastating. Some people and families who have fleed persecution and violence and must apply for refugee status. This demands that legal practitioners stay on top of their game. This seminar delivered by acknowledged experts in the fields, offers legal practitioners an introduction to an exciting and fast-developing area of this legal practice.
Legal Education and Development (LEAD) a division of the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) is hosting a one-day seminar on Immigration and Refugee Law in South Africa, which will provide an overview of the fundamentals. The seminar is divided into two parts: The first focuses on key processes and issues in immigration legislation. The second will part provide an introduction to the Refugees Act and its procedures. Particular attention will be given to recent legislative amendments and new case law.
Who should register?

Practicing and candidate legal practitioners, in-house counsel of any level of seniority, legal advisers in government, and corporate legal advisers.

Seminar outline

The first half of the seminar will be in a traditional format. Participants will be invited to submit questions for the second half, which will be dealt with in the second session.In between, we will deal with the latest case law and the rulings from the National Consumer Tribunal. All the basics of the CPA will be covered.


CHRIS WATTERS has been in practice for over 25 years with an almost unparalleled background in administrative law and human rights Mr Watters has worked as a human rights lawyer through much of the 1980s. A founder member of NADEL, he is a recently retired member of the Immigration and Refugee Law Committees of both the Legal Practice Council and of the LSSA.

He drafted the provincial law societies’ submissions on the Immigration Act 13 of 2002, including the last three amendments to the Act and presented the same to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs. He also presented on the proposed amendments to the SA Citizenship Act 88 of 1945 which came before Parliament in 2011.

He also drafted the law societies’ submissions to the Refugee Appeal Board on the Rules of that body. In 2008 he served as rapporteur on immigration legislation at the South African Law Reform Commission to review all Home Affairs legislation for constitutionality.

JACOB VAN GARDEREN is a South African human rights attorney with more than 20 years’ experience in social justice activism and strategic litigation, He mainly specialises in refugee and migration law. He served as National Director of Lawyers for Human Rights, a leading human rights organisation in South Africa focusing on strategic litigation, refugees and migrant rights, land reform, farm workers, housing, penal reform, gender equality and environmental rights, since 2008. In 2018, Mr van Garderen co-founded the Public Interest Practice, a human rights consulting firm supporting African civil society organisations working on rights advocacy and public interest litigation.

Registration fee categories (VAT inclusive)

  • Practising legal practitioners (previously this referred to attorneys and advocates): R 1 850 per person.
  • Legal practitioners from practices further than 150km from closest venue: R 1 340 per person.
  • Candidate legal practitioners and support staff: R 1 340 per person.
  • Legal practitioners from university law clinics: R 1 580 per person.
  • Non-practising legal practitioners/others: R 3 700 per person.

Registration closes 48 hours prior to the day of the seminar.

How to register

E-mail the completed registration form as well as your EFT proof of payment to
LSSA banking details Refer to the registration form for details.

Contact LEAD’s Seminars Department

For more information about this seminar, contact the Seminars Department at or on +27 (012) 441 4644 / 4690 / 4913.

Course Dates

Dear Client,
The date/s for this seminar will be confirmed in due notice. This is due to the impact of the corona virus. Registration will remain open.