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JSD Student, Stanford Law School

Gloria Paidamoyo Chikaonda

Curriculum Designer

Gloria (she/her) holds a BA/LLB and LLM in Comparative Law in Africa from the University of Cape Town and an LLM from Stanford Law School in International Legal studies. As a third year JSD candidate at Stanford Law School she researches and writes about legal pluralism and family law in Zimbabwe. She has worked as a Teaching and Research Assistant in the UCT Private Law Department and a Research Fellow for the Centre of Comparative Law in Africa at UCT for which has carried out research on regional trade integration as well as the social contract in Africa. She is a recipient of the prestigious Stanford University Knight-Hennessy Scholarship (2019 cohort) and is the founder of the Young African Research Network – an organization that aims to level global knowledge-production by supporting aspiring African scholars with mentorship, networks and funding. Gloria has been learning and working within the academy for almost 10 years, and she is passionate about sharing the tools that she has acquired throughout the years, to help other students have a successful and fulfilling academic career. Gloria loves to learn and teach.


LLM - International Studies/SPILS, Stanford Law School
LLM - Comparative Research in Africa, University of Cape Town
LLB - Bachelor of Law, University of Cape Town
BS - International Relations, French, Law, University of Cape Town