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Tinoziva Bere: Who is Who in Zimbabwe

Tinoziva Bere, or Tino Bere as he is often known (a graduate of the University of Zimbabwe, Bachelor of Law Honours and Bachelor of Laws)  is a Councillor and Vice President of Law Society of Zimbabwe (LSZ), board member Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) and Board Chairperson of The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) (an electoral justice NGO). Tino has also been Councillor of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association since 2005.

Tino has been in private legal practice since 1990 and is the founder and senior partner in the firm BERE BROTHERS LEGAL PRACTITIONERS based in  MUTARE in ZIMBABWE. His area of specialisation is Corporate Law with emphasis on institutional set up and advancement, commercial and property practice.

Tino has been a lecturer at many levels the highest being serving as a Part-Time Lecturer-Africa University for many years in the following areas:-
• Business Law [[Faculty of Management & Administration][undergraduate Programme]
• Corporate Law [Faculty of Management & Administration] [undergraduate Programme]
• Ethics & Professionalism [Africa Public Sector Management][post Graduate programme]

Bere has a passion for Human Rights (esp. Training) & Legal Profession-Governance and has been a regular resource person, trainer and facilitator on legal profession training and human rights training and outreach programmes for Law Society of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights and SADC Lawyers Association for many years.

Tinoziva Bere

He has also become a regular speaker at CLC Conferences since 2007 in Nairobi, Kenya when he was first discovered. Has Spoken at SADC LAWYERS ASSOCIATION organised Syposium on Administration of Justice (Namibia 2010), spoke at last Commonwealth Lawyers Conference 2009 at Hong Kong and at the World Movement for Democrat 6th Assembly held in Jakarta, Indonesia.

1. Achievements

• Organised Manicaland Legal Practitioners response to Chiadzwa human rights abuses in terms of Advocacy, Publicity & Litigation.

• Part of team awarded ZLHR 2008 Human Rights Defender of the Year for timely and effective response to Human Rights abuses in Chiadzwa, Marange area, Manicaland, Zimbabwe.(Manicaland Legal Practitioners Association)

• Nominee for Human Rights Defender of the year 2008 for intervention to free Matinenga and other unlawfully detained activists and to defend them during persecution by Government of Zimbabwe.

• Nominee for ZLHR 2007 Human Rights lawyer of the year for organising united response by Legal Profession in Mutare leading to protest march against persecution of the profession and arrest of the majority of the lawyers.

• Tinoziva Bere was nominated for Zimbabwe the ZLHR Human Rights Lawyer of the Year 2006 for his role in Human Rights Training within the legal profession and for his contribution to governance reform at ZLHR.

• Committed to Advocacy and Training on Human Rights.

• Co-Editor of Law Society of Zimbabwe publication The Legal Profession at a Crossroads.

• Regular Speaker and Resource person on Human Rights, Practice Management and Ethics and Professionalism for CLA, LSZ & ZLHR.

• Regular Resource facilitator and speaker to the SADC SYMPOSIUM on ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE (an annual Symposium).

• Sits on many local charitable trusts and boards especially dealing with HIV AIDs and with orphans and vulnerable children.

2. Important Positions

  1. 1. Vice President –Law Society of Zimbabwe.[LSZ] since Feb 2009.
    2. Board Chairperson-ZESN (Zimbabwe Election Support Network) since 2008.
    3. Councillor-The Commonwealth Lawyers Association Council, [since 2005]. CLA.
    4. Board Member-The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights Board. (ZLHR)
    5. Founding Member of Mutare Legal Projects Centre Board. (currently Chairperson). (MuLPC)
    6. Founder & Secretary General-Manicaland Legal Practitioners Association.
    7. Councillor-The Law Society of Zimbabwe Council. (past Chair of Legal Education Committee, new Chair of Advocacy & International Liaison Committee & also Chair of Editorial Board-LSZ Official Magazine-ZimJuris).
    8. Board Member and Secretary-FACT (Family Aids Caring Trust). (HIV/AIDS NGO serving millions).