Zinhle Koza is a Doctoral Researcher at the University of Nottingham, School of Law. Her research is funded by the Emma Smith Scholarship. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) and a Master of Laws (LLM) in Constitutional Law, Litigation and Theory from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Zinhle's LLM examined the feasibility of merging the South African Human Rights Commission and Commission for Gender Equality into a single human rights body. Essentially, it explored whether an integrated human rights body with more institutional and administrative capacity would be better suited to enhance the effectiveness and independence of these institutions.
Whilst studying for her LLM, Zinhle served as an intern for the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA). In this role, she worked closely with Deputy Directors and Assistant Directors to assess the appointment of senior managers, implementation of National Gender Policy Frameworks and monitoring of annual submission of Statutory Information in municipalities across KwaZulu-Natal. Prior to this, she worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and Student Consultant at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, School of Law. She served as a Moot Court Judge for final year law students and taught several modules inter alia: Human rights law, Family law and Legal studies. She also served as a Moot Court Judge for the UKZN Moot Society on a voluntary basis.
At the University of Nottingham, Zinhle is currently in the second year of her PhD. She is serving as a Course Representative to her PhD cohort and represents them in the School's Learning Community Forum. Furthermore, she is also a member of the Economic and Social Rights Unit as well as the International Criminal Justice Unit of the University of Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre.
Her Linked-in profile may be found here.
Zinhle's thesis seeks to explore the status of children born of war and to further understanding of the multifaceted factors that may shape and affect their experiences. The study seeks to not only… read more
Zinhle's thesis seeks to explore the status of children born of war and to further understanding of the multifaceted factors that may shape and affect their experiences. The study seeks to not only explore the challenges, risks, and harms this group faces, but to also consider the nuanced positive factors and experiences that have enriched this group's lives.