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Dr. Innocent Maja


Doctor of Laws in International Human Rights Law from University of Pretoria; Master of Laws in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa – 2007 – University of Pretoria (Centre for Human Rights); Bachelor of Laws (Honors) Degree from University of Zimbabwe,

Academic Appointments:

Dean of Faculty of Law

Research Interests:

International human rights law
Investment law
Contract law
Commercial law
Company law
Intellectual property law
Dispute resolution
Legal research
Legal Writing
Proposal Writing

Faculty: Law
Department: Faculty of Law Administration
Research Category: Law

Phone: +26324303211

1. Maja, I. (2019). Reflecting on the applicability of freedom, sanctity and privity of Contract in Zimbabwean law of contract. University of Zimbabwe Law Journal, 2(1), 172-180.
2. Maguchu, P. S., & Maja, I. (2019). The new Zimbabwean government's war on corruption: a lesson for anti-corruption and transitional justice scholars and practitioners. Journal of Anti-Corruption Law, 3, 76.
3. Maja, I. (2019). Two kingdoms of darkness: the marketplace series book 1. Harare: The Maja Foundation
4. Maja, I. (2018). The law of contract. Harare: The Maja Foundation.
5. Maja,I. (2018). Exploring the concepts of minority and minority language in International Human Rights Law. University of Zimbabwe Law Journal, 1(1). 167-186.
6. Maja, I. (2017). Human rights framework to protect Africa’s linguistic minorities. In, Hein, M (Ed), Non-territorial provisions for cultural rights. Amsterdam: Africa Studies Centre of the University of Leiden and the Amsterdam Centre for Middle East Studies of the University of Amsterdam
7. Maja, I. (2017). Language rights in section 6 of the Zimbabwean constitution: linguistic diversity affirmed and accommodated?. Constitutionalism and Rule of Law Journal of Zimbabwe, 1(1), 23-35.
8. Maja, I and Nhara, Y.S.K. (2017). Foreign Investor Protection in Zimbabwe: The “Principle of non-discrimination” and Foreign Investor Protection – A Zimbabwean Perspective. The Zimbabwe Electronic Law Journal. 1(1), 20-38.
9. Maja, I. (2016). A human rights framework towards the protection of minority languages and linguistic minorities in Africa: case studies of South Africa and Zimbabwe (Doctoral dissertation, University of Pretoria).
10. Maja, I. (2016). Limitation of human rights in international law and the Zimbabwean Constitution. The Electronic Law Journal, 1(1), 52-63.
11. Echols, D., Braga, S., Bright, S., Bulkan, A., Ramanathan, U., Mogwe, A., & Maja, I. (2015). The death penalty in Zimbabwe: legal ambiguities. In, Morgan, A.A (Ed), Moving Away from the Death Penalty: Arguments, Trends and Perspectives. New York: Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Doi:
12. Maja, I. (2012). Compendium of key human rights documents on the right to freedom of expression. Harare: Maja Foundation.
13. Maja, A. (2008). Freedom of expression: the normative content and the southern African practice. In, Killander, M (Ed), Human rights litigation and the domestication of human rights standards in sub saharan Africa, AHARAJ Casebook Series, Volume 2. International Commission of Jurists.
14. Maja, I. (2008). Towards the Human Rights protection of minority Languages in
Africa. GlobaLex. Available:
15. Maja, I. and Sing’oei, K. (2008). Lemeiguran and Others v Attorney General of Kenya and Others ILDC 698 (KE 2006). Oxford Reports on International Law. Oxford University Press.

Patented Work:

Grants & Funding (current and Past projects):

Awards & Achievements:

Consultancy and advisory work (current and past):

1. April to September 2020 – Law Society of Zimbabwe – identifying gaps in the
alignment of Laws and drafting 6 model Bills on identified gaps.
2. April to May 2019 – Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum – drafting a discussion
paper and model Bill on an Independent Complaints Mechanism in the security
3. February to March 2019 – Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission – A
comprehensive National Inquiry Background Research Paper on access to
4. 19 October to 30 November 2018 - Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale
Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) – Baseline survey on access to Justice in Zimbabwe.
5. 24 August to 14 September 2018 – Zimbabwe Institute Trust – Drafting of Model Citizenship

Supervision information (MPhil, DPhil, etc.):

Professional membership, Committees, Boards:

1. Board Chairperson, World Vision International Zimbabwe (March 2015 to date).
2. Board Chairperson, Domboshawa House Trust (2011 to date).
3. Trustee, International Bridges to Justice Zimbabwe Trust (2008 to date)
4. Member of Life Ministries (2011 to date)
5. Director responsible for legal affairs, INNOV8 (2011 to 2016).

External Profile Links (Google Scholar, ResearchGate, LinkedIn, other social media links):

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