Miss Rumbidzai Dube (2019)
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) as a tool for confronting injustice. Before coming to Cambridge, 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 IGOs, including the AU and UN. My experiences stoked a desire to not only deconstruct the context in which Africa’s challenges persist but to find solutions to these challenges. On the PhD in Politics and International Studies at Cambridge, I will interrogate the politics of the international law on state boundaries historically, but also in its contemporary forms. The thesis will explore how historical trajectories of international law shape contemporary realities, by examining the legacy of colonial boundaries and how the AU can navigate the complexities of this international legal order in its conflict prevention efforts. My goal is to bridge the gap between academic research and practical policy and provide key insights on how the AU can increase its efficiency, leading a decolonial agenda in which it counterbalances citizens’ and states’ interests to prevent conflict.