Linda Masudze

Linda is a lawyer who discovered Animal law during the early years of law school at the University of Zimbabwe. In 2017, she began volunteering at the university`s student chapter founded by Speak Out for Animals. Upon graduation and admission as a legal practitioner, Linda was actively involved in fighting for Animal rights in her country and abroad. In 2018, she participated at the Global Youth Biodiversity Network workshop in Kenya where represented her country`s environmental interests whilst exchanging ideas with other like-minded young people around the globe.

In 2019, Linda was a delegate at CITES COP18 among other young environmentalists who were fighting against wildlife trafficking and illegal wildlife trade. She has worked with various courts across Zimbabwe monitoring animal law cases, assisting the National Prosecution Authority and developing content in that area. Linda was appointed as the Legal Officer for the Environmental Management Agency of Zimbabwe (EMA). The latter is the statutory body responsible for ensuring the sustainable management of natural resources and protection of the environment, the prevention of pollution and environmental degradation, and the preparation of Environmental Plans for the management and protection of the environment.

Linda applied to the LLM program at Lewis & Clark Law School with a desire to learn in depth about how the American legal system works to protect animals and the pitfalls and the best practices used in animal protection around the world that can be implemented in her own country.