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South African Research Chair in the Law of the Sea and Development in Africa

Miss Kevashinee Pillay is a doctoral candidate since 1 March 2014.  She holds a Masters Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa from the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria (South Africa), which she completed in conjunction with the Université Gaston Berger de St Louis (Senegal) in 2011.  Her Master’s thesis was titled: The Effectiveness of Local Integration as a Durable Solution: The Situation of Mauritanian Refugees in Senegal. 

Kevashinee Pillay is an admitted attorney of the Republic of South Africa and has broad experience in the field of human rights at a national, regional and international level. From 2007 until 2010, she worked at the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and at Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR), under the Refugee and Migrant Rights Programme in Durban respectively, were she was involved promoting and protecting the rights of poor, marginalised and vulnerable groups of people. Whilst completing her Masters degree (2011) in Senegal she worked at Rencontre Africaine pour la defense des droits de l’homme (RADDHO) on human rights concerns in Senegal and West Africa generally.  In 2012, she was one of two candidates from Africa selected to participate in a United Nations (UN) Learning Exchange Programme at the CIVICUS (an international nongovernmental organisation) UN liaison office in Geneva, were she focused on strengthening the voice of African civil society in the UN system.    From March 2013 until February 2014, she was the Senior Researcher at the Centre for Human Rights.

Miss Pillay’s professional and academic experience in human rights generally and on Africa specifically, has provided her with a solid basis to identify the areas of potential growth for the African continent. Her doctoral research will focus on the protection of artisanal fishers through the intersection of the law of the sea and human rights law principles, with a specific focus on Africa.  The research seeks to provide a practical framework for the protection of the rights of artisanal fishers taking into account the unique African context.



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