The Centre for Comparative Law in Africa (CCLA) was established in 2011 with funding from the Vice-Chancellor's Strategic Fund to promote the study of comparative law and draw on the strengths of comparative methodology to research into the diversity of legal cultures in Africa. The Centre presents an opportunity to develop a discipline that lends itself to optimal application in the pluralistic legal frameworks within which life is lived in Africa. Its location within the Department of Commercial Law recognises the centrality of comparative law to ongoing efforts at economic integration on the African continent.
In its mission to contribute to the development of comparative law in Africa, the strategy of the CCLA is to establish the field at UCT, build capacity in it across the continent through its academic programmes, apply comparative law expertise in consultancies and disseminate new knowledge in comparative law in Africa. The CCLA is committed to creating pathways for research to feed into policy through conferences, publications, consultancies and professional networks across and beyond Africa.