Mr. Rodgers Matsikidze
M.Phil Law, University of Zimbabwe ; Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree, University of Zimbabwe
Access to justice
Social security law
Department: Access to Justice Centre
Research Category: Law
Advocate Rodgers Matsikidze is a registered legal practitioner, notary public and conveyancer. Matsikidze holds an LLB (Hons) and M.Phil Law from the University of Zimbabwe focusing on access to justice in the Magistrates Courts of Zimbabwe. He is pursuing a Ph.D. Law focusing on the right of access to the Superior Courts of Zimbabwe with the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Rodgers joined the University of Zimbabwe in 2005 as a teaching assistant and in 2006 he was appointed Legal Proctor, Acting Director and Lecturer. Currently, he is the Deputy Dean of Law, Lecturer in Civil Procedure Courses-Lower and Superior Courts, Alternative Dispute Courses-Conciliation, mediation and arbitration and co-teaches Labour law and Roman-Roman-Dutch Law. Matsikidze is the Director of Access to Justice Centre which houses the law clinics, research unit-access to justice and industrial attachment and clinical & practical teaching department. He is the former Chairperson for the department of Procedural Law at the University of Zimbabwe. Mr Matsikidze is also a current Trustee and former Chairperson of Trustees of the Law Society of Zimbabwe Compensation Fund. In addition, he is the Councillor and Chairman Board of Examiners with the Council For Legal Education in Zimbabwe. He also a resource person for the Law Society of Zimbabwe Continuous Professional Development Programme and Council For Legal Education. He is the founding partner of Matsikidze: Attorneys-at-Law. In addition, he is an arbitrator in labour, commercial, political, land and socio-economic disputes and authored the only textbook dedicated for Alternative Dispute Resolution in Zimbabwe titled: Alternative Dispute Resolution in Zimbabwe: A Practical Approach to Conciliation, Arbitration, Mediation and Negotiations in Zimbabwe. He has written other books in civil procedure, medical, mercantile, natural resources and environmental law although some of the books are still under publication. In 2016-17 he was appointed to draft a Zero Labour Amendment Bill 2017 under the ILO-GVT of Zimbabwe Labour reform project. In 2017 again, the International Labour Organisation appointed him to do a, Rapid Assessment of Dispute resolution in Zimbabwe. He is a board member, Community Working Group on Health a multi-stakeholder that deals policy issues and programmes on Human Rights and Public Health. In 2017 he was appointed Board Chairperson-Harare Employment Council. He is an Examiner with Estate Agents Council, University of Zimbabwe Senate member. He Chairs Masvingo Mirror Newspaper Board and the National Blood Services Zimbabwe.
Matsikidze, R. (2019).The rules of civil procedure in the magistrates courts of Zimbabwe: when rules of civil procedure become an enemy of justice to self-actors. University of Zimbabwe Law Journal, 2(1), 77-92.
2. Gwisai, M., Matsikidze, R & Mucheche, C. (2019). Labour rights under Zimbabwe’s new Constitution: The right to be paid a fair and reasonable wage. University of Zimbabwe Law Journal, 2(1), 204-231.
3. Gwisai, M., Mucheche, C., & Matsikidze, R. (2018). The right to strike in Zimbabwe in the context of the 2013 Constitution and International Law. University of Zimbabwe Law Journal 1(1), 35-75.
4. Matsikidze, R. (2017). Fair labour standards elevated to constitutional rights. Zimbabwe Rule of Law Journal, 1(1), 25-34.
5. Matsikidze, R. (2017). Mercantile law in Zimbabwe: the law of hire, contract, agency and sale (1st Ed.). Harare: DP Print Media.
6. Matsikidze, R. (2017). The rules of civil procedure in the Magistrates Courts of Zimbabwe: When rules of civil procedure become an enemy of justice to self-actors. Zimbabwe Electronic Law Journal, 2(1), 21-31.
7. Matsikidze, R. (2017). Strengthening legislations as a way to combat sexual harassment at workplace and in universities in Zimbabwe. The Zimbabwe Electronic Law Journal, 2(1), 57-63.
8. Matsikidze, R. (2014). The civil procedure in magistrate courts of Zimbabwe: A denial of justice to self actors? (Unpublished Masters thesis), University of Zimbabwe, Harare.
9. Gwisai, M., Matsikidze R., Ushewekunze, S. & Musoni, K. (2009). An Outline of fundamental labour rights under International Laws, National Constitutions and Zimbabwean Constitutional Norms. University of Zimbabwe Kempton Makamure Law Journal 2(special issue), 71-83.
10. Matsikidz, R. (2013). Alternative Dispute Resolution in Zimbabwe: A practical approach to arbitration, mediation and negotiation (1st Ed.). Harare: Molhurst Printers and Publishers.
11. Matsikidze, R. (2012). Conciliation as an effective dispute resolution mechanism. M & M Labour and Business Bulletins.
12. Matsikidze, R. (2012). Total cost remuneration. M & M Labour and Business Bulletins.
Grants & Funding (current and Past projects):
Awards & Achievements:
Consultancy and advisory work (current and past):
1. ILO-Government of Zimbabwe (Ministry of Labour, Public service and Social Service)-Drafting Labour Amendment Bill (2017)
2. ILO- Rapid Evaluation & Assessment of Labour Dispute Resolution In Zimbabwe (2017)
3. University of Zimbabwe – Trained 2, 400 employees on the UZ workplace code of conduct
Supervision information (MPhil, DPhil, etc.):
Professional membership, Committees, Boards:
1. International Bar Association
2. Law Society of Zimbabwe
3. SADC Lawyers Association
4. National Blood Service Zimbabwe Board Chairperson (2018-Current)
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