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Angelo Matusse is a PhD Research Fellow. He studied law at Baku State University, in the former Soviet Union, where he completed his Masters in Public International Law (1991). He also holds a Masters Degree in International Business Law from QMW College of the University of London, 1995.

Angelo Matusse joined the Human Rights Centre as a researcher in 2010, to pursue his doctoral studies. At that time, he had just ceased to lecture in full at the Faculty of Law of the Eduardo Mondlane University, for having been appointed Assistant Attorney General of the Republic of Mozambique. In September 2014, he was sworn as a Judge of the African Court on Human and People’s Rights (AfCHPR), following his election to that position by the Assembly of the African Union, during its 25th Session in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. His current position of AfCHPR judge while a human rights researcher, undoubtedly, warrants a perfect combination.

His research focuses on the responsibility of States to protect children from sexual abuse, targeting, in particular, the specific case of Mozambique, his home country.

Angelo Matusse is a member of the human rights component of the VLIR-UOS Institutional Cooperation Programme with Mozambique DESAFIO.



POSITION PhD Research Fellow

EMAIL AngeloVasco.Matusse[@]

SECRETARIAT +32 (0)9 264 69 11

POSTAL ADDRESS Ghent University, Campus Aula, Human Rights Centre, Universiteitstraat 4, 9000 Ghent, Belgium


  • Currently, Judge of the African Court on Human and People’s Rights, since 2014;
  • Assistant Attorney-General of the Republic of Mozambique
  • Head of International Judiciary Cooperation Division at AG’s Office
  • Lecturer of Public International Law; Human Rights; Comparative Law; Transport Law at the Faculty of Law – Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo
  • Lawyer in private practice and member of the Mozambican Bar Association
  • Resident Representative of the Association of European Parliamentarians for Africa
  • Areas of interest: Public International Law, Human Rights Law; Constitutional Law; Family law;


  • Master of Laws (LL.M.) – International Business Law – 1995, Faculty of Law – (QMW) University of London
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.) / LICENCIATURA – Law with specialization in Public International Law – 1985 – 1991, Faculty of Law – Baku State University
  • Bachelor – Teaching of Mathematics and Physics – 1983 – 1985, Faculty of Education-Eduardo Mondlane University


  • International Public Law
  • Human Rights Legal Litigation


  • The “laboratories” of the Mozambican Municipalization Process: Are the New Municipalities Meeting Local Needs?
  • “Judiciary Cooperation in Southern African Development Community (SADC)” 2012; “Accountability of 1994 Rwanda Genocide Suspects in Southern Africa: Mozambique perspective; “The legal environment for regional integration: an introduction to SADC legal instruments and community law”
  • Childhood Poverty in Mozambique. A situation and trends analysis; to ISS Monograph Series No. 56: Mozambican Legislation on Organized Crime; Faculty of Law Review No 3: “A glance at the Community of Portuguese Community of African States (CPLP) Cooperation”

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