Nozizwe Dube

PhD candidate International and European Law (Maastricht University)

Bachelor and Master of Laws graduate (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)

Young European of 2017

Public speaker

Human rights advocate

I am a PhD candidate at the Department of International and European Law of Maastricht University. My PhD project examines intersectional discrimination within EU non-discrimination law. My research, that focuses on the need to acknowledge intersectionality within the EU, aims to provide recommendations to three actors: the Court of Justice of the EU, EU legislators and policymakers. To this end, the research encompasses comparative research with the case law of the Council of Europe (the European Court of Human Rights and the European Committee on Social Rights); the US Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court of South Africa

I am a Bachelor and Master of Laws graduate (KU Leuven). As part of the Erasmus+ programme, I studied at Venice International University (Italy) in the Globalization Programme, during which I received an award for academic excellence. Throughout my studies, I specialised in International and European Union law and Public law. My masters thesis was titled: ‘The restitution of colonial collections in Belgium: A solution from the human right to culture?’. This thesis explores the classification of colonial collections within Belgian and EU private law and elaborates on how the regimes of inalienability and imprescriptibility pose challenges to indigenous communities in the Global South who may wish to request the restitution of these goods. It subsequently explores whether the human right to culture is a viable avenue for indigenous communities in the Global South to pursue the restitution of their plundered cultural heritage.

I was born in Zimbabwe, and moved to Belgium to be reunited with my mother at the age of fourteen. I am the former president of the Flemish Youth Council, a 3 year mandate in which I advocated for the rights of all young people in Brussels and Flanders. The topics I worked on range from the right to vote for 16- and 17-year olds, mental health of young people, poverty among children and young people, adequate reception and accomodation of unaccompanied minor asylum seekers in the EU and Belgium, and sustainable work for young people.

I am one of the two Young Europeans of 2017, a prize awarded by the Schwarzkopf Stiftung. This prize was awarded to me for my youth rights and human rights advocacy in general, particularly for (young) refugees within the European Union.

I hope to work with you soon. Do not hesitate to contact me via any of the different channels mentioned on my website.

What I do
  • Academic research
  • Public speaking
  • Writing (both academic and non-academic)
  • Debate moderation
  • Podcast host ‘Nozizwe delves into’

My expertise

  • Non-discrimination law
  • International and European Union Law
  • Belgian Public Law
  • Human rights law
  • Intersectionality theory

Photographer: Tessa Delbeke from https://www.monokrohm.com/