Mutuso Dhliwayo 

Institutional Affiliation: Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association 

Mutuso Dhliwayo, the Director of Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA) and its research arm the Africa Institute of Environmental Law (AIEL), is a lawyer and a natural resource governance researcher and practitioner. He holds an LLM (Midlands State University) in Human Rights and Constitutional Law; a Master’s in Environment and Development (University of KwaZulu Natal); a Bachelor of Laws Honors (UZ), and Post-Graduate Certificates in Sustainable Environmental Management and Leadership, Environmental Law and Advocacy and Business and Human Rights.  

Dhliwayo has two decades of experience in conducting research aimed at influencing legal, policy and institutional reforms related to natural resources governance. His scholarly interest primarily lies in understanding the role and application of legal and policy instruments in ensuring that natural resource exploitation promotes sustainable development. He is the author of peer-reviewed journal articles, research papers, and handbooks in the areas of mining and environmental rights, environmental litigation, transboundary natural resources management and natural resources laws. His specialist research experience includes work on extractive sector governance, forestry, water and wildlife management, involuntary displacements, and Chinese investments in Africa’s natural resource sector. He has consulted for international organizations including the Food and Agriculture Organization, United Nations Environment Programme, European Union,  International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Ford Foundation.