Who is involved in PILS?

The public interest legal services sector is involved in a wide variety of work across multiple fronts. Virtually every major area of social concern is the subject of some form of public interest legal work, which often meets with real success. Examples include the expansion of access to housing, healthcare services (particularly essential medicines), widened access to social grants, challenging xenophobia, racism and gender-based violence, enhancing youth and educational opportunity, and protecting the environment.

PILS organisations include:

  • Legal Resources Centre (LRC)
  • SECTION 27
  • Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR)
  • The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI)
  • Centre for Environmental Rights (CER)
  • Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI)
  • Women’s Legal Centre (WLC)
  • Ndifuna Ukwazi (NU)
  • Southern African Litigation Centre (SALC)
  • Equal Education Law Centre (EELC)
  • Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Task Force (SWEAT)
  • The Black Sash
  • Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS)
  • The Centre for Law and Society (CLS)
  • Probono.org
  • Centre for Child Law
  • Association for Rural Advancement (AFRA)
  • Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre (TLAC)
  • Treatment Action Campaign (TAC)
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