The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits) is one of the biggest (and top) Universities in Africa. The University has established itself at the industrial and commercial heart of South Africa, Gauteng Province, as a centre for education and research of the highest quality. Currently, the University is home to approximately 32,500 students, about 1,100 permanent and 500 temporary academic staff members. Wits has already participated in more than 20 EU funded projects, drawn from EU R&D programmes such as FP6, FP7, EuropeAid, and ACP.
The main WITS participants in TRUST are members of the School of Law. Established in 1922, the University of Witwatersrand’s Oliver Schreiner School of Law has a long established reputation as a premier centre for legal studies. Situated in Johannesburg, it is one of Africa’s top law schools and has a reputation for leading edge research, active public engagement, excellent teaching and rigorous training. It is particularly renowned for the leading role it played in shaping some of the country’s most important legislation, most notably the South African Constitution and Human Rights legislation. Individually, members of staff remain connected to the world of practice, and have acted as advisors and consultants to government departments, international organisations and the private sector.