SERI is delighted to welcome Jason Brickhill, Muano Nemavhidi and Zolile Shude to the litigation team.
Jason joins us as a director of litigation. He has been in practice for over fifteen years, the majority of it in the public interest sector. Jason specialises in constitutional law and is interested in the potential of law and litigation to contribute to social change. He has a strong interest in access to justice and the right to civil legal aid as a key tool to realise the promise of the Constitution. Jason holds an LLB from the University of Cape Town (magna cum laude) and an MSt in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford (with distinction). Since 2016, Jason has been based at the University of Oxford, where he undertook a DPhil on the impact of strategic litigation in South Africa and taught on various courses at undergraduate and master’s level. He currently teaches socio-economic rights on the Master’s in International Human Rights Law at Oxford.
Muano joins us as a candidate attorney and Bertha Justice Fellow. Prior to this, Muano worked as a Law Clerk at the Constitutional Court appointed to work for Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo and Justice Nonkosi Mhlantla. She holds an LLB degree from the University of Venda and completed her practical legal training at the University of Pretoria. During her studies she served at a variety of leadership roles including Chairperson of the Law Student Council. Muano considers it a great honour and privilege to be part of the process towards attaining meaningful equality.
Zolile joins us as is a candidate attorney and Bertha Justice Fellow. Prior to this, he worked several years at human rights law firm Richard Spoor Attorneys Incorporated (RSI). He was part of RSI’s Land and Human Rights Department), first as a legal intern and later as a litigation consultant. There, Zolile worked extensively to protect the land rights and livelihoods of rural communities, and to protect and advance the work of activists in Xolobeni on the Eastern Cape Wild Coast. Zolile graduated in 2021 with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.