Retselisitsoe Moses Phooko has been a litigation and research intern at SERI since the beginning of June 2011. His interest in socio-economic rights, human rights law and commitment to social justice has been influenced, inter alia, by his own hardship of growing up in an apartheid South Africa.
Retselisitsoe is an advocate of the High Court of South Africa. He holds a Diploma in Human Rights and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the North West University, Mafikeng. He recently graduated with a Masters Degree in international human rights law from the University of Notre Dame, U.S.A. Retselisitsoe’s previous work includes working as a candidate attorney at the Durban office of the Legal Resources Centre (LRC) where his duties included representing both farm- and shack-dwellers who faced eminent evictions. He also worked as a law clerk at the Constitutional Court of South Africa under Justice Zak Yacoob. He will be joining the Community Law Centre (CLC) at the University of the Western Cape on 18 July 2011 where he will be working as a senior researcher on promoting pre-trial justice in Africa, which includes prevention and eradication of torture.