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Aifheli Enos Tshivhase was appointed Associate Professor in Public Law (July 2014), at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and became Head of Department of Criminal and Procedural Law with effect from March 2016. Tshivhase teaches Constitutional Law, Private International Law (Conflict of Laws), and Environmental Law at undergraduate level. He has also taught law at the Universities of Cape Town (about ten years) and Johannesburg (in 2013). In these institutions he taught various subjects including Constitutional Law, Human Rights Law, International Law, Business Law, Criminal Procedure, Law and Regional Integration in Africa (LLM) - a course he co-founded at UCT.

Tshivhase obtained the degrees BJuris and LLB at the University of Venda and an LLM in Human Rights and Democracy in Africa jointly at the Universities of Pretoria and Ghana in 2001, and was part of the pioneer group for the latter degree. After obtaining his LLM, he served an internship at the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa and thereafter joined the Constitutional Court as a clerk to Judge Kate O'Regan. He joined the South African Air Force in 2002 as a Defence Counsel (Lieutenant) and he currently serves part-time as Captain. He is also admitted as an advocate of the High Court of South Africa.

Tshivhase was awarded a PhD in Public Law in 2012 (UCT) for a thesis which focused on the judicial independence of military courts in a democratic South Africa, under the supervision of Professor Hugh Corder. He is published in the area of military courts locally and internationally. Tshivhase has presented at a number of conferences including two international conferences by invitation at the Yale Law School in the United States (Nov 2014) and Melbourne Law School in Australia (Nov 2011). He serves as a peer-reviewer for a number of South African journals and external examiner of theses and courses for a number of law faculties in South Africa. Tshivhase's research interests are military courts and human rights, constitutional law, and public law aspects of law and regional integration in Africa. He welcomes supervision in military courts and human rights or military justice, and constitutional law.

Interesting facts:

Tshivhase is a recipient of the Fox International Fellowship at Yale Yale University (2009 - 2010). He was elected by his peers as chairperson (1997-1998) and deputy-chairperson (1996-1997) of the Law Students Council respectively at the University of Venda. He is also a recipient of the Abe Bailey Travel Bursary to tour England for a month in 1999 - this award is made for exceptional leadership qualities. While at UCT he was appointed by the Minister of Justice to serve on the advisory committee looking into the review of defence legislation to ensure its compliance with the Constitution of South Africa and assumed editorial leadership of the committee.

Tshivhase is also responsible for translating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights from English to Tshivenda (one of South Africa's eleven official languages). The translated version, approved by the United Nations can be found here.

Tshivhase is well-traveled and has been to many countries including: Australia, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, ivory Coast, Mozambique, New Zealand, Niger, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, United Kingdom, and United States of America.