Willem Odendaal obtained his PhD in Law from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland in January 2023. He is an admitted legal practitioner in the High and Supreme Courts of Namibia. He was the project coordinator of the Land, Environment and Development project at the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), Namibia’s only public interest law firm from 2006 until December 2019. Willem has conducted extensive socio-legal research on topics such as the Namibian Land Reform Programme, mining, climate change, the Community Based Natural Resources Management Programme (CBNRM) and Indigenous Peoples’ land and environmental rights. Willem has also done comparative research on post resettlement support in Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. He also has research experience in Kenya, Uganda, Cameroon and Ghana. He is currently setting up a new public interest law firm in Namibia, to continue supporting the human, land and environmental rights of the people of Namibia.
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