Health & Human Rights Law Project

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Who We Are – Health and Human Rights Law Project

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Current UCLA Law – Sonke Health & Human Rights Fellows

UCGHI Women's Health & Empowerment Fellowship

Recent UCLA Law – Sonke Health & Human Rights Fellows

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Mateenah Hunter
Sonke Health & Human Rights Law Fellow

Mateenah Hunter was a 2013-2014 UCLA Law – Sonke Health & Human Rights Fellow. Prior to earning her LL.M. degree from UCLA Law, she earned a Bachelor of Laws degree from Wits University in 2009, completing her practical legal studies in the Human Rights Unit of Wits Law Clinic. Hunter served her articles of clerkship at the Legal Resources Centre in Johannesburg and then clerked for Justice Yacoob of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. She also briefly clerked for Justice Frank Stock, VP at the Hong Kong Court of Appeal before joining the Open Society Foundation for South Africa as a project officer in their Criminal Justice Initiative.

During her time at UCLA Law, Hunter pursued two specialized courses of study: Public Interest Law & Policy and Law & Sexuality. While at UCLA Law, Hunter felt as though she “was spoilt for choice due to the wide number of courses [she] could choose from covering issues of health and broader human rights.” She felt “fortunate . . . to be taught by great professors” and “really enjoyed being able to take courses in the Public Health School” while completing her LL.M. degree at the Law School because it offered a perspective beyond a legal one.

Upon graduation from UCLA, Hunter began working as a fellow in Sonke Gender Justice’s Johannesburg office. Through this fellowship, Hunter works in Sonke’s Policy Development and Advocacy Unit, focusing on several different projects, including: The Sex Work Decriminalization Project; The National Strategic Plan to End Gender-Based Violence; and Oversight and Accountability in the Criminal Justice System Involving Crimes Against Women. In July of 2014, through the UCLA-Sonke partnership, Hunter attended an intensive course on Women’s Health and Empowerment co-sponsored by the UC Global Health Institute’s Center of Expertise on Women’s Health and Empowerment and Aga Khan University in Nairobi, Kenya.

 

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Sekgame Shadrack Tebeile
Sonke Health & Human Rights Law Fellow

Shadrack “Shaddy” Tebeile was a 2013-2014 UCLA-Sonke Health & Human Rights Fellow. He obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree from University of Limpopo in 2012. Tebeile then clerked for clerked for Justices Froneman and Skweyiya of Constitutional Court of South Africa. He was admitted as an Advocated of the High Court of South Africa in 2013.

Tebeile had an interesting and challenging experience as a Sonke Fellow during his year at UCLA Law. Tebeile believes that studying at UCLA Law “granted him an opportunity to be exposed to different dilemmas faced by the international community” with respect to health and human rights.

Tebeile is now studying for the Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) degree at the University of Fort Hare with a focus on the judicial realization and enforcement of socio-economic rights in South Africa. After the completion of his LL.D., Tebeile hopes to teach public interest law in South Africa and pursue a Ph.D. related to access to higher education.

 

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Katy Hindle
Sonke Health & Human Rights Law Fellow

Katy Hindle was a 2012-2013 UCLA Law – Sonke Health & Human Rights Fellow. She obtained a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree in Politics, Gender Studies and Sociology in 2005 and a Social Science degree in International Relations in 2008, both from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Hindle also earned  a postgraduate LL.B. degree at UCT in 2009 and completed her articles of clerkship at the firm Edward Nathan & Sonnenbergs, Inc. She was admitted as an attorney in South Africa in 2012.

During her year as a Sonke Fellow at UCLA Law, Hindle focused her studies on health, gender, human rights, and empirical legal studies. Wherever possible, Hindle made attempts to link the academic content of her law school coursework to current issues in South Africa; Hindle was “grateful that her professors allowed and encouraged her to do this.” It made the transition to joining Sonke upon graduation rapid, and she now “grounds her advocacy and research efforts within theoretical frameworks” she studied at UCLA Law.

After earning her LL.M. degree from UCLA Law, Hindle worked as a fellow in Sonke’s Policy Development and Advocacy Unit, focusing on projects relating to gender and the South African judiciary, the decriminalization of sex work, and research and advocacy surrounding sexual violence in prisons. After her fellowship, Hindle was hired as an associate in the Policy Development and Advocacy Unit at Sonke, and she plans to continue a lifelong career in public interest law in South Africa.

 

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Godfrey Kangaude
Sonke Health & Human Rights Law Fellow

Godfrey Kangaude was a 2012-2013 UCLA Law-Sonke Health & Human Rights Fellow. Prior to pursuing his LL.M. degree at UCLA Law, Kangaude earned a Bachelor of Philosophy at Urbaniana, an LL.B. (Hons) at the University of Malawi, and an LL.M. degree at the University of the Free State in South Africa. Kangaude is an expert in sexual and reproductive rights, having previously worked for many years on research and advocacy concerning the high incidence of abortion-related morbidity and mortality with Ipas, an international NGO, in Malawi.

During his year as a Sonke Fellow at UCLA Law, Kangaude specialized in Public Interest Law & Policy, focusing his studies and coursework on sexuality, gender and human rights law. After earning his LL.M. degree from UCLA Law, Kangaude began working with Sonke Gender Justice as a Policy Development and Advocacy Fellow, where his work has focused on research, advocacy and training of men and boys to achieve gender equality.

Kangaude’s interests lay at the intersection of society, culture, and human rights, and in particular the sexual and reproductive rights of populations including adolescents, persons with disabilities, LGBTI persons, and women. He has published several works: Disability, the Stigma of Asexuality and Sexual Health: A Sexual Rights Perspective, 5 Rev. Disability Stud. 22 (2009); a chapter in the book Sexuality and Disability: Politics, Identity and Access (2010); and A Sexual Rights Approach to Addressing Gender-Based Sexual Violence Among Male Prisoners in Malawi, 14 Af. Hum. Rts L.J. 1 (2014), the latter of which he began in a seminar course at UCLA Law.

 

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Nomonde Nyembe
Sonke Health & Human Rights Law Fellow

Nomonde Nyembe was one of the two inaugural UCLA Law-Sonke Health & Human Rights Fellows during the 2011-2012 academic year. Prior to pursuing her LL.M. degree at UCLA Law, Nyembe earned her LL.B. degree at the University of the Witwatersrand and completed her articles of clerkship at the firm Edward Nathan & Sonnenbergs, Inc. She then clerked for Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng of the Constitutional Court of South Africa.

During her year as a Sonke Fellow at UCLA Law, Nyembe specialized in Public Interest Law & Policy, focusing her studies on gender, health, and human rights. Nyembe appreciated the multidisciplinary nature of her studies at UCLA Law and especially the opportunity to take two classes outside of the law school in public health and advocacy. Nyembe’s courses at the law school, especially Human Rights & Sexual Politics, helped her to “contextualize sexuality as a human rights issue, a political issue . . . related to and at times dominated by a health discourse.” Through the Public Interest Law & Policy specialization, Nyembe received invaluable training “on the utility, complexity, and multifaceted nature of advocacy for social justice.”

After earning her LL.M. degree from UCLA Law, Nyembe began working at Sonke Gender Justice where she conducted research for advocacy purposes, made written and oral submissions to government bodies, and helped local communities with capacity building and mobilization. Nomonde worked at Sonke as a Policy Development and Advocacy Associate for an additional year after her fellowship year ended. She now works at the University of the Witwatersrand in the Centre for Applied Legal Studies, a law clinic that engages in advocacy and litigation. Her current work is centered specifically in the Business and Human Rights Programme which aims to ensure that corporate entities abide by and advance human rights principles.

 

Cherith Sanger

Cherith Sanger
Sonke Health & Human Rights Law Fellow

Cherith Sanger was one of the two inaugural UCLA Law-Sonke Health & Human Rights Fellows during the 2011-2012 academic year. Prior to studying at UCLA Law, Sanger was an accomplished litigator working to end sexual and domestic violence, hate crimes, and discrimination against LGBTI persons. In addition to her six years as a litigator, Sanger had also taught a course in Legal Education and Development to candidate attorneys in South Africa. 

During her year as a Sonke Fellow at UCLA Law, Sanger specialized in Public Interest Law & Policy. In fact, Sanger applied for the UCLA-Sonke Fellowship program for the specific purposes of “further developing her skills as a public interest lawyer,” with the intention of “taking her advanced skills back to South Africa to reduce gender based violence and HIV and the impact of AIDS.”

After earning her LL.M. degree from UCLA Law, Sanger worked at Sonke as a fellow in the Policy Development and Advocacy Unit. Sanger stayed on at Sonke after her fellowship year ended and was promoted to a management position in the Policy Development and Advocacy Unit. Sanger currently works as an independent legal consultant in Cape Town, South Africa, providing legal services and conducting research and writing in the areas of gender, health, and human rights law.

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Lara Stemple
Director, Health and Human Rights Law Project
(310) 206-4778
stemple@law.ucla.edu


Tiffany Parnell
Coordinator, Health and Human Rights Law Project
(310) 206-3947
parnell@law.ucla.edu

 

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