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Tabeth Masengu

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    Senior Researcher Ms Tabeth Masengu will be undertaking a year long research stay in Ghent Belgium. This is part of her joint PhD programme and it  commences from 1 September 2017. Tabeth is the first member of the law faculty and law PhD student registered at UCT to undertake a joint doctoral programme and is a pioneer in this regard. Her research questions interrogates the formal and informal aspects of the judicial appointment process that impede women's ascension to the bench. Her dissertation uses South Africa and Zambia as case studies and delves further into a research interest that created the Gender transformation arm of the DGRU work.

Tabeth Masengu  is an admitted Attorney of the High Court of South Africa and  a Researcher at DGRU. She is currently a Joint PhD Research Fellow in the Department of Public Law UCT and the Department of European, Public and International Law, Human Rights Centre in the Human Rights Centre of University of Ghent. Her areas of expertise are women in the judiciary and the legal profession and women’s rights and constitutionalism. Tabeth 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 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 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.