Award-winning researcher joins UFH

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Prof Moses Retselisitsoe Phooko, an award-winning law and human rights researcher has been appointed as a Full Professor at the Faculty of Law, and Director of the UNESCO Oliver Tambo Chair of Human Rights, effective 1 March 2024.

Prof Phooko is an accomplished Pan-African scholar who has published extensively in SADC community law and human rights. He has vast experience in higher education and has held various leadership roles.

In 2021, Prof Phooko, a National Research Foundation (NRF) Y2-rated researcher, was awarded an NRF Research Excellence Award for Emerging Researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The Constitutional Court of South Africa has cited some of his research articles.

He has successfully supervised students both at the LLM and LLD levels.

Prof Phooko has worked as a Law Clerk at the Constitutional Court, lecturer at the University of South Africa, and associate professor at the University of Limpopo amongst other institutions.

Before joining the University of Fort Hare, Prof Phooko was an associate professor and a director for Professional Development and Community Engagement at the North-West University. He also acts as an ad hoc judge of the High Court of South Africa, Gauteng Division, Pretoria, and is a Member of the Electoral Court of South Africa. His written judgments are available on SAFLII.

 Ultimately, Prof Phooko’s qualifications include a Diploma in Human Rights (University of North-West), an LLB (North-West University), an LLM (University of Notre Dame, USA), and an LLD (University of South Africa).

In Prof Phooko’s words, “Joining an iconic institution such as the University of Fort Hare which has produced renowned leaders who have significantly contributed to the liberation of mankind has come at the right time and reaffirms my commitment to the ideals of social justice and pursuit of knowledge production that will contribute towards the search in finding sustainable solutions”.