Legal Assistance Centre


2018 AdvocacyA series of six on
"How laws are made", Common Law,
Statute Law, Customary
and International Law.
2018 Rule of LawIn a series of 8 we explain
Government structures, branches, watchdogs, elections and it's procedures for changes.
2018 Rule of LawA series of six on
"How laws are made", Common Law,
Statute Law, Customary
and International Law.


2017 Annual ReportPresenting our Annual report 2017. It list our work and activities, new publications, donors and much more.

Leasehold for small-scale farmers - summary

Under the National Resettlement Programme the State purchases freehold commercial farms ...


Mental health mattersAn illustrative comic about recognising and responding to mental health needs in Namibia.


Equal opportunitiesDespite the constitutional provision that all people are equal in Namibia,this is often not the case.


Namibian Law on Civil MarriageThis booklet is designed to assist councillors and couples alike to consider the right decision.


Adequate Housing and EvictionA Brief Overview of Namibian and South African (Case) Law in the Context of Informal Settlements
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Same rights as freehold land apply
In a landmark ruling, the Namibian Supreme Court has granted a woman in Zambezi legal ownership of her land under customary
New Era
Full Judgment

2nd LAND CONFERENCE - 28 September 2018

The Legal Assistance Centre is aware of reports that a number of civil society organisations and other movements have opted to boycott the above Land Conference. We respect and understand their positions.
After lengthy discussion we have opted to take part in the Conference. We hasten to say that we have serious concerns about the composition of delegates invited to the Conference which we believe is particularly weighted in favour of government. However, this is also an opportunity for dialogue and for us to argue a perspective based on the law and on evidence we have collected from the grassroots communities we deal with on a daily basis. This perspective may not come to light to the delegates in any other manner.
We place on the record that the LAC’s attendance should not be used to legitimize the process but should be seen as an opportunity for us to raise reasoned legal and constitutional issues as well as factual information gleaned from our extensive engagement with concerns of access to land.
As the spokesperson from Right to Know (R2K) said at a breakfast meeting hosted by the Action Coalition and the Namibia Media Trust this morning:

“There is a space for civil society outside the room and a space for civil society inside the room.”

We aim to be both.

The Index to Namibian Laws - NAMLEX - has been updated to 31 August 2018.
It is also downloadable as a whole document in Pdf.

Press release: The Legal Assistance Centre held a training workshop on WILDLIFE CRIME for 16 local/regional prosecutors, magistrates, MET park wardens and investigators from Nampol. The training was held in Divundu, Kavango East Region, facilitated by the LAC, Advocate Daniel Small, two project officers from TRAFFIC Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network and a private investigator.
In the media: AZ, Nampa, Lela

Sharing information on Women’s and Children’s Rights: German Government supports Legal Assistance Centre

On 22 August 2018, German Ambassador Christian Schlaga and Toni Hancox, Director of the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), signed a funding agreement on LAC’s project “Sharing information on Women’s and Children’s Rights”. The German Government supports this human rights project with 683.000,00 Namibian Dollar.
LAC Press release and Photo
New Era "Star of the Week"


We were celebrating our 30th anniversary during the first week of July 2018. Human rights is our business and we encourage debate and education. Several debates took place at two symposiums while we also had an OPEN OFFICE DAY together with distribution of educational material about human rights issues.
See also the article in the Namibian Sun

Our celebratory BUSINESS BREAKFAST was held on Monday morning at Roof of Africa to introduce the business comunity to the work that we do. For that purpose an Anniversary Film was produced by Dudley Viall.
We also introduced our new webpage design team: Smartmove, who will take our current content of more than 3000 documents, streamline, redesign for smartphones and big screen as a social responsibility project for all Namibians. Thank you.

Civil society deeply concerned about attack on HR defender in Mozambique
It is with sadness that the undersigned civil society organisations express deep concern about the attack on Mozambique human rights defender, Ericino de Salema, which took place in Maputo on 27th March 2018. Read more

Himba chief loses official status
VETERAN Ovahimba traditional leader Hikuminue Kapika has lost his official designation as chief of his community in the Epupa area of the Kunene region. (by Werner Menges of the Namibian) or here.
Mutaambanda Kapika versus Ministry of Urban and Rural Development and others (case law)

Press release: The LSSA will this week from 5-7 February 2018, take to court its challenge of the constitutionality of President Jacob Zuma’s part in sponsoring the demise of the SADC Tribunal in its original form.
The court challenge by LSSA is part of a region wide effort by law societies of the SADC Region in terms of a resolution by the SADC-LA Council to challenge and engage governments for allowing the removal of the SADC Tribunal’s jurisdiction over individual and institutional rights cases.
Comments in this regard are welcomed on our Facebook page.

Media Statement by the Action Coalition on UK based lawyers on the Genocide issue
Recently there have been numerous reports in our media about alleged exorbitant fees paid to legal counsel in the United Kingdom for research done around Namibia's genocide reparatons demands.

Press release: Concerned civil society groups calls on government to address xenophobia by the Ministry of Safety and Security. A letter has been addressed also to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

Press release by the Ministry of Safety and Security
With additional information here

The International Criminal Court
Questions and Answers and why Namibia should stay.
Article by the LAC.

Constitutional Crisis? Citizenship: yes or no?
Article by Toni Hancox and Dianne Hubbard as well as other articles.

Critical Roads or bad driving?
According to the  National Road Safety Council, Namibia’s road injury fatality rate far exceeds the African continental average of 26.6 per 100 000 at 31 per 100 000. Read more...

28 April 2016: Squatters’ rights are violated
The lack of safe drinking water and sanitation in many of Windhoek’s informal settlements is a serious violation of basic human rights.

17 March 2016: Launch of research briefs on corporal punishment, maintenance and cohabitation - Info

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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.
Annotated Statutes and regulations

Updated to 31 August 2018
- currently being uploaded

Annotated Regulations

Udated to 31 August 2018 - currently being uploaded

Namlex 2018 Update

Updated to 31 August 2018


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