Rumbidzai Dube

Rumbidzai Dube

  • Alumni
  • Zimbabwe
  • 2019 PhD Politics and International Studies
  • Lucy Cavendish College

I am a pan-African feminist lawyer, born and raised in Zimbabwe. My interest in international affairs began at the tender age of 6, nurtured by my mother - a community development worker and my father - an educationist. I studied law at the University of Zimbabwe (LLB) and the University of Pretoria (LLM). Before coming to Cambridge for the MPhil in African Studies, I had over a decade of professional experience working in the development sector in Zimbabwe, South Africa, The Gambia, Ethiopia and Egypt with various NGOs, INGOs and IOs, including the African Union and the United Nations. My experiences stoked a desire to deconstruct the context in which Africa’s challenges persist, in particular how the African Union navigates Africa's positioning within a hierarchical global order. On the PhD in Politics and International Studies at Cambridge, I will interrogate the politics of territoriality within the contemporary regional politics of the African Union. The thesis will explore how historical trajectories of international law shape contemporary realities, by examining how the AU addresses questions of territoriality in maritime governance, the border politics of the continent and international criminal justice.

Previous Education

University of Cambridge African Studies 2019
University of Pretoria International Law 2010
University of Zimbabwe Bachelor of Laws 2007