Joint PhD fellowship 2017-2018 at Ghent University
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.