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Tawanda Future Mutasah

Dissertation Title: The Problem of Forum Contestation in the Repression of Rome Statute Crimes

Doctoral Supervisor: Professor Ryan Goodman


Tawanda Future Mutasah is a JSD Candidate at NYU Law School. He graduated with an LLM from Harvard Law School in 2008. After completing his practical legal education at the High Court of Zimbabwe and with DW Aitken Law practice, and earning an LLB (Hons) degree from the University of Zimbabwe, he was admitted as an attorney to the High Court of Zimbabwe in 1995. He earned a master’s degree in public-sector management (Economic Policy) from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. A recipient of the International Bar Association’s International Rule of Law Award, Mutasah has received various academic awards, and won the University of Zimbabwe Law School Moot Court Trophy in 1992 – becoming eligible to represent Zimbabwe at the Jessup International Moot Court competition, and representing the country at the first Southern Africa Moot Court competition. As head of the Ecumenical Legal Aid Clinic and the justice and peace commission in Zimbabwe, he collaborated with the Citizens’ Advice Bureau to provide public interest law services for indigent litigants.

Over a period of close to two decades, Mutasah has lectured, written, and served as a leader and practitioner on several international law, human rights, and governance themes and projects, including: combating discrimination against Roma in Europe; reviewing electoral standards and systems in Africa; strengthening the effectiveness of the International Criminal Court; and fighting sexual violence in the Congo.


Tawanda Mutasah’s current work examines the intersectionality of global, regional, and national institutional arrangements and interactions with the normative presumptions of erga omnes obligations. The research focuses particularly on the interregnum between international justice frames and platforms, and regional institutional and governance mechanisms.