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I want to assure you that I will not bombard you with a ton of emails. We’re working on streamlined systems and segmented databases based on geographic & subject matter areas – for now you’ll get one monthly update from the Centre for Integrative Law.

By signing up to receive Shark Free Waters you’ve placed yourself at the forefront of a paradigm shift in law taking place around the world.

The Integrative Law Movement is a global movement of 1000’s of lawyers, legal advisors, judges, mediators and law students who are questioning the existential environment surrounding the legal system and rethinking the jurisprudence underpinning it. We are looking at some of the purposes of a legal system such as that of healing conflict and realising “Hey, we haven’t equipped ourselves very well for this!”.

South Africa has been lauded for its TRC reconciliation process and hailed for its visionary Constitution but if you ask any local lawyer they’ll likely agree that our everyday legal profession is not leading the world.

“The move to multi-dimensional lawyering requires simultaneous reform of legal procedure and the development of new lawyer skills. Lawyers need to act differently. To act differently, they must think differently. This is the place to begin: with a new mentality for lawyers and the public about the possibilities in law for securing human interaction and fulfillment in solving problems.”

~Thomas D. Barton and James M. Cooper

The Centre for Integrative Law is a home for competent, conscious and compassionate lawyers. We help lawyers explore things like Mindfulness training for Lawyers, Values-Based Lawyering, Humanizing Legal Education and leadership development.  We are developing a unique understanding of the Integrative Law Movement in the South African context.

If you remember one thing about Integrative Law, it should be this:  The movement is as much about the internal shifts and personal development work of the lawyer, as it is about new more humane models and methods of practising law (external aspects).


  • Shark Free Waters will keep you up to date with the Centre for Integrative Law’s trainings and workshops by local and global Integrative Law pioneers.
  • To start adding your voice to the conversation, please “like” the Facebook page – there’s a FB icon below. Comment on whatever interests you!
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  • If you want to join SAILA – Southern Africa’s Integrative Lawyers Association, send a mail to We meet monthly in Cape Town. Meetings in other provinces will start soon. Check out FB post and the “news” section of the CIL site to learn more.

Welcome to the journey of becoming an Integrative Law Pioneer in South Africa! Any questions or suggestions? Mail me at

Warm regards

Amanda Boardman

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