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Matilda Lasseko
Senior Lawyer

Matilda Lasseko is a lawyer in the Violence Against Women (VAW) programme at ISLA. The VAW programme seeks to enhance the protection of women from all forms of violence primarily through strategic litigation before domestic courts and regional human rights systems.


Matilda obtained her LLB (cum laude) and LLM (Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa) from the University of Pretoria, South Africa between 2004 and 2008. She served as a research Clerk to Justice Zak Yacoob at the Constitutional Court of South Africa in 2009 before she joined the Open Society Justice Initiative and the Southern African Litigation Centre as a Law Fellow focussing on the Right of Access to Information for a two-year period between 2010 and 2011. She joined Bowman Gilfillan Inc as a Candidate Attorney in 2012 and served as an articled clerk for two years. She remained in the law firm as an Associate in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department from February 2014 until the end of 2016. She joined ISLA in 2017. She has published in the areas of Transitional Justice and Access to Information.


Matilda works with domestic lawyers from a range of African countries to provide technical legal expertise on litigating cases before domestic courts with a view to getting more cases relating to violence against women into the regional human rights systems. Her experience and understanding of working on the African continent contribute to her work on the programme. Matilda aims for the attainment of substantive gender equality for all women on the continent.