Waruguru Gaitho works as a lecturer and researcher at the Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Society.
Waruguru Gaitho works as a lecturer and researcher at the Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Society, where she teaches the course Peace and Justice and assists in teaching courses such as Making Human Rights Work.
Her research focuses on studying the intersection of race, gender and sexual orientation and the law, particularly with regard to Black queer womxn on the African continent, and is multi-disciplinary, incorporating both law and sociology. Some of her recent work includes a Comparative Sexual Orientation Law project improving and updating the Global Index on the Legal Recognition of Homosexuality (GILRHO) looking specifically at Africa, Asia and Oceania, and the curation and compilation of an open access directory of introductory materials on SOGIESC in International Law with Professor Kees Waaldijk.
Additionally, she co-organized the 2021 Leiden University x Workplace Pride LGBTIQ+ Workplace Inclusion academic conference, with the professor by special appointment of LGBT Workplace inclusion, Jojanneke van der Toorn.
She holds an Advanced Masters in International and European Human Rights Law (cum laude) from Leiden Law School. Her Master’s thesis, a socio-legal study on the ‘corrective’ rape of Black lesbians in South Africa, analyzed international human rights law, national law and South African society, arguing for an intersectional, socially engaged, ‘living law’ approach to human rights, particularly in the protection of marginalized communities, and earned a Jan Brouwer thesis prize nomination.
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