The Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog is delighted to announce the appointment of two new editors to our team. Seham Areff and Victoria Miyandazi join the editorial team this week and will work with our contributors to continue to bring cutting edge human rights law news and analysis via the Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog.
Seham successfully completed the BA LLB (summa cum laude) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa in 2014. Having won a Rhodes Scholarship, she completed the BCL in 2015, achieving distinctions in International Criminal Law and International Law and Armed Conflict. Interested in the ways in which law and politics interact, Seham is currently completing an MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy at the Department of International Development. She is supervised by Dr John Gledhill and her research focuses on the legal and political avenues to transitional justice and state building.
In the past, Seham clerked for Justice Johann van der Westhuizen at the Constitutional Court of South Africa, and has worked in Bosnia and Herzegovina as a researcher for Generations For Peace. She currently acts as the Communications Officer for the African Legal Centre.
Victoria is currently completing her postgraduate studies for the MPhil in law at Oxford focusing on the different conceptions of equality under Kenya’s 2010 Constitution. Victoria completed the Bachelor of Civil Law in 2014, still at Oxford. She holds an LL.B. degree from Kenyatta University in Kenya where she graduated top of her class with first class honours. She is a recipient of the Rhodes scholarship.
Victoria is the outgoing Events and Liaison Officer for the Oxford Pro Bono Publico Executive Committee 2014-2015. She has previously worked as a research assistant for the African Centre for International Legal and Policy Research, as a legal research consultant for the International Development Law Organization seconded to the Kenyan Judiciary Working Committee on Election Preparations and as an intern at the International Committee of the Red Cross. She is passionate about human rights, equality law, humanitarian law, constitutional law and development related matters. As the diaspora chair for the Oxford Youth Alliance for Leadership and Development in Africa, she also feels strongly about mentorship and the nurturing of young future leaders as well as the youth coming together to deliberate on issues to do with development in Africa and unlocking Africa’s potential.