Dr. Elizabeth Rutsate
Doctor of Philosophy- Law, University of Zimbabwe (2016); Master’s degree in Women’s Law, University of Zimbabwe (2010); Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree, University of Zimbabwe (1990); Bachelor of Law (Honors) Degree University of Zimbabwe (1987-1989); Postgraduate Diploma on the Justiciability of Economic, Social & Cultural Rights, Abo Akademi University Institute for Human Rights, Finland (2013); Postgraduate Certificate in Human Rights, Global Justice & Sustainable Development, University of Antwerp, (2019); Postgraduate Executive Certificate in Community Development and Humanitarian Project Management, University of Zimbabwe (2008)
Women, gender, family law and development
Child law and children’s rights
Environmental laws, policies
Natural resources governance
Law and development
Legal and social aspects of rural development
Department: Undergraduate Studies
Research Category: Law
Dr Elizabeth Rutsate is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law, University of Zimbabwe. She currently teaches in the disciplines of family and succession laws. She has worked as a magistrate and legal counsel in both public and private practice and has successfully done several consultancies on women and the law. Her research and teaching interests revolve around women, the environment, access to resources and the law as well as sustainable development. Between 2010 and 2013 she was part of the Zimbabwean research team on a regional study covering Kenya, Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe on “Human Rights, Gender and Water Governance” funded by the Norwegian Research Council and coordinated by the Institute of Women’s Law at the University of Oslo and the Southern and Eastern African Regional Centre for Women's Law.
Phone: +263 772 365 805
1. Rutsate, E. (2019). Per Stirpes Principle versus the Per Capita Principle in Intestate Succession: a brief overview. University of Zimbabwe Law Journal, 2(1), 236-253.
2. Madzikatire, B. C. & Rutsate, E. (2019). An interrogation of the law relating to cohabitation in Zimbabwe and the need for law reform. University of Zimbabwe Law Journal, 2(1), 116-148.
3. Lwanda-Rutsate, E. & Munyaradzi, S. (2018). Civil society organisations’ mechanisms for women’s participation in leadership: A Zimbabwe situation analysis. Available: https://womeninleadership.hivos.org/assets/2019/05/WCoZ-HIVOS-CSO-Situational-Analysis-Publication-2018.pdf
4. Rutsate , E. L. (2016). Women’s participation in water governance and reform in Zimbabwe: A case study of four A1 resettlement farms in Mazowe catchment post the fast track land reform and resettlement programme (Unpublished Doctoral thesis), University of Zimbabwe, Harare.
5. Hellum, A., Sithole, E., Derman, B., Mangwanya, L., & Rutsate, E. (2015). Zimbabwe’s Urban Water Crisis and its Implications for Different Women: Emerging Norms and Practices in Harare’s High Density Suburbs. In Hellum A., Kameri-Mbote P., & Van Koppen B. (Eds.), Water is Life: Women's human rights in national and local water governance in Southern and Eastern Africa (pp. 347-383). Hong Kong: Weaver Press.
6. Hellum, A., Derman, B., Mangwanya, L., & Rutsate, E. (2015). Securing Rural Women’s Land and Water Rights: Lessons from Domboshawa Communal Land. In Hellum A., Kameri-Mbote P., & Van Koppen B. (Eds.), Water is Life: Women's human rights in national and local water governance in Southern and Eastern Africa (pp. 384-419). Hong Kong: Weaver Press.
7. Rutsate, E., Derman, B., & Hellum, A. (2015). A Hidden Presence: Women Farm Workers Right to Water and Sanitation in the Aftermath of the Fast Track Land Reform. In Hellum A., Kameri-Mbote P., & Van Koppen B. (Eds.), Water is Life: Women's human rights in national and local water governance in Southern and Eastern Africa (pp. 420-456). Hong Kong: Weaver Press.
8. Hellum, A., Derman, B., Sithole, E., & Rutsate, E. (2015). Governance, Gender Equality and the Right to Water and Sanitation in Zimbabwe: Contested Norms and Institutions in an Unstable Economic and Political Terrain. In Hellum A., Kameri-Mbote P., & Van Koppen B. (Eds.), Water is Life: Women's human rights in national and local water governance in Southern and Eastern Africa (pp. 300-346). Hong Kong: Weaver Press.
Grants & Funding (current and Past projects):
1. NORAD scholarship for Master’s and DPhil degrees between 2009 and 2019
2. Guest Researcher Grant: University of Oslo – Norwegian Research Councill, 2013.
3. Guest Researcher Grant: Abo Akademi University, Finland – Finnish Research Council, 2013
Awards & Achievements:
Consultancy and advisory work (current and past):
University of Zimbabwe Book Prize for graduating with a Distinction for the Master’s degree in Women’s Law in 2010
Supervision information (MPhil, DPhil, etc.):
1. Supervision of undergraduate dissertations since 2018.
2. Examiner – examined a University of Cape Town LLM dissertation in the area of mining and energy law in October 2020
Professional membership, Committees, Boards:
1. Registered legal practitioner
2. Member of Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association
3. Individual Member of the Law and Development Research Network (LDRN), headquartered at the University of Antwerp, Belgium
4. Member of the Platform on Gender and Extractives, Zimbabwe (PGE) representing Faculty of Law with other members coming from UN Women, UNDP, Oxfam, ZELA & several other CSOs and CBOs
5. Board Secretary for Harare Residents Trust
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