Legal Assistance Centre



2014 Annual ReportRead in this 2014 report about the work and achievements of the LAC.


Research reportGRAP has released their new report on LGBT issues recently.
Download free
Hard N$ 100

Third Amendment here

2013 Annual ReportDedicated to all those who made it possible to achieve a free, democratic and independent Namibia.


Animations pageGRAP releases new animated videos on punishment, maintenance and protection orders.


Scraping the PotA full study focusing on the living conditions of the San communities in Namibia.
N$ 250.00


Maintenance report 2013An assessment of the operation of Namibia's Maintenance Act 9 of 2003.


God stopped making LandReport on Case Studies of Namibia’s
Topnaar and Hai||om Communities.


God stopped making LandLand rights, conflict and law in Namibia's Caprivi Region.


They have that heartMale involvement in community and home-based care in Namibia



Namibia’s planned withdrawal from the International Criminal Court 
The Legal Assistance Centre is greatly saddened by the news that Namibia plans to withdraw from the International Criminal Court. Read also in All Africa

Winner of the JP Karuaihe Human Rights Excellence Award
We received the prize for our outreach during Namibia's celebration of 25 years of Independence, providing copies of the Constitution to members of the public as well as updating our guide "Know your Constitution" and for our work on alternatives to corporal punishment. See also our Facebook page.

Hai//om sue for rights over Etosha
MEMBERS of the Hai//om San community have launched a potentially ground-breaking court case through which they are trying to have their ancestral rights over Etosha National Park and the Mangetti area recognised and enforced. Reports the Namibian Newspaper

Hai//om set to make legal history with Etosha aboriginal land claim reports Osisa

Save Water: My Right, my Responsibility
The Constitution of Namibia provides for the right to human dignity, and part of this right is access to safe, sufficient and affordable water. However, this right goes hand in hand with a responsibility to use water appropriately. (Workplace Water policy)

Teacher-Learner Relationships
The Legal Assistance Centre extends its condolences to the family of Jacqueline Kuaseua and Cecilia Kambuu Kuaseua. Their tragic murder has sent shockwaves across the nation. Many people have asked whether it is permissible for a teacher to have a relationship with a learner. The answer is a clear and emphatic

Peaceful land provision
We noted with much concern the reactions on social media and in other fora on the pronouncement made by the Affirmative Repositioning movement that land should be allocated to applicants by 31 July 2015, or it would be occupied illegally. Here a call upon all....
More in the New Era report

What Corey Did Wrong, and Harry Can Do Right NAMIBIA is facing an unprecedented upswing in rhino poaching, and authorities from all corners of society are seeking solutions. Opinion from Lucas Hansen

"Dwaal net rond" -The Forgotten
for more info see Namibian Sun
a film by Thorsten Schütte, narrated by Matilde Kulo, tells the story of Immanuel Xoagub, one of many jobless farmworkers in Namibia, who is trying to fight his precarious living situation by claiming his lawful rights.

End of the Game
CONSERVATION CONCERN ... Writer and conservationist Christiaan Bakkes, has been involved in Namibia's community-based conservation programme over the past 20 years, Bakkes is questioning whether the programme is still the success it has been hailed as. Read on...

Misa Namibia
In support of the advocacy campaign to raise awareness of Swazi prisoners of conscience, editor Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko, who will mark one year in prison on 18 March 2015 for publishing articles critical of the judiciary.

LAC’s Rhino Conservation Project Receives Support From Pupkewitz
For over three decades, Namibia has been one of the leading examples the implementation of a successful Community Based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM) programme. This is largely credited to the enduring commitment of the Namibian Government, its Business Sector, its Non-Governmental Sector and most importantly, its people to conserve Namibia’s unique wildlife. Read on...

Improving Namibia's response to victims of Gender-based violence
Members of the media are invited to attend the inauguration of the roadshow at the Katutura Magistrate Court.

Launch of " Scraping the Pot"
Press release: here
Summary of report: here

Government loses appeal on 48-hour rule
27 March: "The constitutional right to be brought before a court within 48 hours after arrest is undoubtedly an important right accorded to arrested persons and should be guarded jealously in light of Namibia’s pre-Independence history of detention without trial and other related injustices," Chief Justice Peter Shivute said.

The launch of "Access to Justice"
on 14 March 2014 at 9:30 at the LAC office

Here is the director's speech and article in the Namibian where the vice president of the Law Society of Namibia, Dee Sauls, had the following to say:
“I want to urge every legal practitioner in the country to devote one day to offer their services pro-bono to those that can otherwise not afford legal aid to defend their basic human rights!”


Court order protects land right
5 March 2014: A Mariental resident has obtained a High Court order to stop the Witbooi Traditional Authority from cancelling a customary land right that the Hardap.....

The Legal Assistance Centre formally handed over its offices in Ongwediva
18 February 2014: the Legal Assistance Centre formally handed over its offices in Ongwediva to ELCIN Western Diocese. These offices were constructed by the LAC as the Human Rights Centre and commenced operations during 1988 shortly before independence.

Toddler killed in police cells
27 January 2014: The Legal Assistance Centre notes with great sadness the reports in the media in relation to the death of a toddler in Wanaheda Police Station. The Director has released a press statement.

We, the Legal Assistance Centre, being a public interest law centre, collectively strive to make the law accessible to those with the least access, through education, law reform, research, litigation, legal advice, representation and lobbying, with the ultimate aim of creating and maintaining a human rights culture in Namibia.
Pre-independence Laws

Also available now

Government Gazettes and Namlex

All available now
Updates waiting to be published.

Posters from the Embassy of Finland
IDASA Namibia Reports

Unfinished Business: Democracy in Namibia

Career Opportunities

No position at the moment

Safety for Children

Winner of the Karuaihe Award 2014

JP Karuihe