ESR13 Tegan Snyman 


Tegan Snyman (she/her) is a PhD candidate at the Erasmus School of Law, in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Her doctoral research considers possible obligations on states to regulate religiously motivated ‘hate speech’ which targets queer people (in light of international human rights law). Tegan obtained both her Bachelors of Law and Masters of Law degrees from the University of Stellenbosch, in South Africa. In her master’s thesis, she teleologically interpreted the Maputo Protocol (and the definition of ‘women’ specifically) to show how the African regional human rights system is continuously failing to recognise and protect African transgender women, and thus failing to uphold the values and rights as set out in the Protocol. In 2022, she co-published an article looking at this issue in the Maputo Protocol as well as the SADC’s GBV Model Law. After her masters, she interned at the OHCHR in their Treaty Capacity Building Program. Tegan’s research areas include public international law, international human rights law (with a specific focus on intersectional human rights protection and the rights of queer people), gender, religion, the formation and function of identity, as well as purposive treaty interpretation. She is very grateful to be a part of the NETHATE Consortium.