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Orquídea Massarongo-Jona

Doctoral Researcher

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Orquídea Massarongo-Jona's Bio

Orquídea Massarongo-Jona is a PhD Research Fellow. She graduated from Faculdade de Direito da Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (2002) and later joined the Mozambican Bar Association (2004). Orquídea obtained an LL.M. at the University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town (South Africa) where she was awarded a Master’s Degree in International Trade Law (2003). She practiced law at José Caldeira & Associados (JCA).

Currently Orquídea is working at the Faculty of Law, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (Mozambique) as a Full Time Lecturer; she is also enrolled at the Center for Human Rights (since 2005) at the same University as a Project Manager and Researcher. Her areas of research interest are human rights, health research ethics and trade law, with particular interest in issues that affect or relate to women and vulnerable people.

Orquídea has also developed some consultancy work in areas such as trade in services, ethics in health research, Human Rights, humanitarian law and media law.

She is currently doing her PhD in Human Rights at Ghent University (Belgium) as part of the Desafio Programme, a VLIR-UOS Institutional Cooperation Programme between Mozambique and Belgium DESAFIO. Her PhD research is dealing with the practice and enjoyment of sexual and reproductive rights by women in Mozambique in the work sphere, with a comparative study with South African and Portuguese Jurisdiction.

Orquídea Massarongo-Jona, is a member of the Council of Directors of the Regional Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa in partnership with other 10 African Universities Coordinated by the University of Pretoria and of the Commission of Human Rights at Mozambique Bar Association. She is also a member of the National Ethics Research Committee for Health, an institution subordinated to the Ministry of Health. She Coordinates together with Prof. Eva Brems the human rights component of the VLIR-UOS Institutional Cooperation Programme with Mozambique DESAFIO. She Coordinates the publication of a Human Rights Journal and co-edited publications resulting from a inter-institutional cooperation with the University of Macao.

Orquídea Massarongo-Jona's Publications

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Orquídea Massarongo-Jona's Professional Positions

  • Research Fellow, Centre for Latin America Research and Documentation (2012)
  • Senior Staff Attorney, Inter-American Court of Human Rights (2005 – 2010)
  • Senior Staff Attorney, Center for Justice and International Law (2003 – 2005)
  • Students Coordinator, Human Rights Clinic, Pontifical University of Ecuador (2001 – 2002)

Orquídea Massarongo-Jona's Education

University degrees

  • LL.M. in International Trade Law, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2003
  • Bachelor of Law (LL.B.), Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique, 2000

Additional (inter)national (human rights) courses taken

  • Summer Course on Human Rights For Development (Children’s Rights), University of Ghent (2014)
  • Summer Course on Disability Rights, Center for Human Rights, University of Pretoria (2014)
  • Harvard Clinic Bioethics Course, Harvard Medical School, Boston (2013)
  • Course on International Law, Centre For Human Rights, University of Pretoria (2009)
  • Course on WTO Dispute Settlement Procedures and Practice, Institute For Training and Technical Cooperation, WTO, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania (2009)
  • Course on Human Rights in Africa, Centre For Human Rights, University of Pretoria (2009)

Orquídea Massarongo-Jona's Sideline activities/memberships

Orquídea Massarongo-Jona's work details
  • Fax: +258 21 017055
  • Postal Address: Ghent University, Campus Aula, Human Rights Centre, Universiteitstraat 4, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
  • Secretariat: +32 (0)9 264 69 11
  • Working hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
  • Office hours: 08.00 h – 17.00 h
Orquídea Massarongo-Jona's expertise
  • Gender equality, sexual and reproductive rights, LGBTIQ Rights


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