Ruwadzano Patience Makumbe is a PhD researcher within the Human Rights Centre at Ghent University. Her research focuses on the merits and challenges of digital evidence including open-source intelligence (OSINT) under the International Human Rights (IHR) evidentiary regime in the post-truth era, as part of the larger ERC-funded project “DISSECT: Evidence in International Human Rights Adjudication”, under the supervision of Professor Marie-Bénédicte Dembour.
Ruwadzano holds the MA in Global Challenges: Law, Policy and Practice from Swansea University, the Erasmus Mundus Joint MA in Human Rights Policy and Practice from Roehampton University, London, Gothenburg University, Sweden and Deusto University, Spain and the Bachelor of Laws honors degree from the University of Zimbabwe. She is an Oak Foundation Research Visitor at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, University of Oxford under the project, ‘Civil liability for human rights violations.’
Ruwadzano is a qualified Zimbabwean lawyer and has worked at the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum as the Strategic Impact Litigation Specialist focusing on litigation of organized violence and torture cases and human rights protection and advocacy in Zimbabwe. She has also worked at the Supreme Court and Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe as a Senior Legal Researcher and with various civil society organizations in Zimbabwe and the Uk. She has consulted on aspects of international human rights and justice and has provided support to Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (Zimrights), the Youth Empowerment and Transformation Trust (YETT), Youth Engage and OECD Social Institutions and Gender Index. Before joining the Human Rights Centre in January 2021, Ruwadzano was affiliated with the Asia Justice Coalition as an international justice and international human rights law Fellow.
• A Case Study on Access to Advice for Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Swansea, Uk, Swansea University (2020)
• Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Defender and Gender Junior Professional, Students and Youths Working on Reproductive Health Action Team, Harare (2014-2015)
• MA Global Challenges: Law, Policy and Practice, Swansea University, Uk (2020)
• Erasmus Mundus Joint MA in Human Rights Policy and Practice, Roehampton University (UK), Gothenburg University (Sweden) and Deusto University (Spain) (2018)
• Bachelor of Laws Honors Degree, LLB, University of Zimbabwe (2015)
• Advanced Human Rights Course on the Right to Development, University of Pretoria
• Advanced Human Rights Course on Challenging Gender Inequality: Rights, Roles and Responsibilities, University of Pretoria
• Certificate in Strategic Litigation in Africa, Open Society Justice Initiative and West Africa Civil Society Institute
• Certificate on Digital Rights & Online Freedom of Expression Litigation, Media Defence
• Governance for Development in Africa, SOAS, University of London and Mo Ibrahim Foundation
• Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Defender, SAYWHAT Organisation
• Inaugural Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sky Global Challenges Scholar. I was also awarded a full scholarship by Sky, (2019/20)
• European Commission Erasmus Mundus International Scholarship worth 47 000 Euros (2016/18).
• Recognised as a Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Defender in Southern Africa by the African Women Development Fund and SAYWHAT Organisation (2014/15).
• Law Society of Zimbabwe (2015-ongoing)
• Member of the Africa Human Rights Forum Advisory Council (2019-ongoing)