Simon Mateus is a researcher at the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa.

He is also the National Co-ordinator of the National Schools Moot Court Competitions. Simon holds an LLB (cum laude) and an LLM (cum laude), and is currently enrolled for an LLD with specialisation in International Law under the supervision of Professor Dire Tladi at the University of Pretoria.

Simon was part of the first South African team to win the International Schools Moot Court Competition and has gone to win various international moot court competitions with the UP Law faculty, including the Manfred Lachs International Space Law Moot Court Competition, where he (and his team), won the international championship in 2018, the first win for the African Continent in 27 years, as well as the Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition, with his team winning the Alona E Evans award for the 15th place Best Combined Memorials globally. Simon has coached and judged various moot court competitions. In addition to his participation in moot court competitions, as an undergraduate, he was also a member of the Constitutional Tribunal of the University as well as the Editor-in-Chief of the Pretoria Student Law Review. Simon has had the privilege of working at the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), specifically focusing on the rights of children to peaceful assembly and association.

His main research interests include: International Law, Human Rights Law and Commercial Litigation.



S Mateus ‘The relationship between peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens) and obligations erga omnes’ (2022) De Jure Law Journal 

Published during the past five years


S Mateus & K Shange ‘Broken & Unequal: The South African Education System and the attainment of the right to Basic Education through litigation’ (2021) 353 – 369 Pretoria Student Law Review 

Mateus ‘Investigating the extraterritorial application of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights as well as the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights’ 2021 De Jure Law Journal 70-90

S Mateus ‘The feminist agenda, a fall of hierarchal redress or an attempt to establishing an “equal” society gone wrong: an internal critique to feminist theories’ (2019) Pretoria Student Law Review 208 – 222 

Updated: 8 March 2022