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Tabeth Masengu

Affiliated Researcher

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Tabeth Masengu's Bio

Ms Tabeth Masengu is a PhD Research Fellow. She graduated from Rhodes University in South Africa with an LLB (Cum laude) in 2006 and was later admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 2010 after completing her articles of clerkship and Board exams. She later obtained an LLM in Human Rights Law (Cum laude) from The London School of Economics and Political Science in 2011.

Tabeth is currently a Senior Researcher at the Democratic Governance and Rights Unit (DGRU) at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Her areas of expertise are women in the judiciary and the legal profession and women’s rights and constitutionalism. Tabeth pioneered and leads the gender arm of the judicial governance work that DGRU focuses on, and has since gone on to publish and speak at numerous events.

She is currently doing a joint doctorate programme between the University of Ghent and the University of Cape Town and is a recipient of the Special Research Fund for joint doctorates scholarship from Ghent for a period of 12 months. Her PhD research examines the informal and formal aspects that inform the equal representation of men and women on the judicial bench.

Tabeth is the Co-Convenor of the Women, Equality and Constitutionalism group of the African Network of Constitutional Lawyers and was previously the Southern African Correspondent for the Oxford University Human Rights Hub. She has conducted judicial training for judges in Tanzania on behalf of Equality Now a Kenyan based NGO and is an annual speaker at the South African Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges AGM. Her academic publications include women’s rights and the Zambian constitutional process, customary law inheritance in Botswana and gender and the judiciary and women in the legal profession in South Africa.

Tabeth Masengu's Publications

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Tabeth Masengu's Professional Positions

Current Selection

  • Faculty Member and Researcher ; University of Cape Town, Democratic Governance and Rights Unit (2012-present)
  • Consultant; AIDS and Rights Alliance of Southern Africa (Nov –Dec 2011)
  • Project Manager (previously Researcher); Treatment Action Campaign (2009-2011)
  • Candidate Attorney; Tomlinson Mnguni James Attorneys (2007-2009)

Tabeth Masengu's Education

University Degrees

  • LLM in Human Rights (Cum Laude) The London School of Economics Political Science
  • * LLB (Cum Laude) Rhodes University ,South Africa

Tabeth Masengu's Sideline activities/memberships

  • Project Head on the Womens Pioneer Programme sponsored by the Norwegian Government.
  • Co-Convenor of the Working Group on Women, Equality and the Constitution of the African Network of Constitutional Lawyers (ANCL).
  • Facilitator of the Zimbabwean Lawyers for Human Rights workshop on Judicial Appointments hosted in Harare, June 2016.
  • Facilitator of the Tanzanian Judges Training hosted by Equality Now, October 2015 in Bagamayo.
  • Associate Editor of the ‘Women and Constitutionalism in Africa: Gendered Participation in Process, Content and Application’ submitted for review, 2015.
  • Facilitator at the Open Society Foundation discussion on the 2015 State of the Nation Address -13th of February 2015.
  • Speaker at the SA Chapter of the Association of Women Judges Annual Meeting-August 2013 -2016.
  • Facilitator at the Customary Law Symposium on the Application of Customary Law in the South African Legal Setting from a Women’s Rights Perspective”, 22nd and 23rd of August 2013.
Tabeth Masengu's work details
  • Postal Address: Department of Public Law, Univeristy of Cape Town, DGRU, Kramer Law Building ; Stanley Road, Rondebosch, 7700, Cape Town, SA
  • HRC Secretariat: +32 (0)9 264 69 11
Tabeth Masengu's expertise
  • Legal Philosophy
  • Theory of Human Rights


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