SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies

Canon Collins Educational & Legal Assistance Trust

Canon Collins Educational & Legal Assistance Trust works in the areas of higher education; public interest law, particularly on behalf of poor people; and research into law and legal systems. The Trust’s vision for southern Africa is of an open and just society free from discrimination, where all people can meet their needs and realise their potential. Their programmes include:

  • Scholarships for postgraduate study in the UK and in southern Africa
  • The production and dissemination of legal research
  • Public advocacy for and by poor and marginalised communities
  • Specific projects with partners in public interest law and education

Key principles of their partnerships include a commitment to widen access to education at all levels; to apply academic research to development issues; and to foster and support future leaders across the region.

CAS works with Canon Collins Trust on events relating to southern Africa:


South Africa @ 20

A one day interdisciplinary conference to celebrate and debate 20 years of democracy in South Africa, bringing together leading experts to discuss Political Economy and Governance, South African Foreign Policy, Contemporary Society and Arts and Culture.
March 2014

Book Launch: ‘Death of an Idealist: in Search of Neil Aggett’ by Beverley Naidoo 

Speakers: Beverley Naidoo (Author) Dr Jonny Steinberg (Lecturer in African Studies, Oxford University), Siphamandla Goge (Journalist & broadcaster, SABC Radio News & Ukhozi Current Affairs) Shula Marks (Professor Emeritus, SOAS)
October 2013