Tina Lorizzo

Adjunct Professor

Tina Lorizzo is an ACJR Research Associate working in Lusaphone Africa. Tina holds an LLM in Criminal Justice from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and a BA and LLB in Law from the University of Bologna, Italy. She is a Ph.D. candidate with the Public Law Department at UCT.

Founding member of REFORMAR – Research for Mozambique, an organisation working on human rights and criminal justice in Mozambique, through applied research, training and advocacy work. Her current interests are in prison reform, alternatives to imprisonment, victimology, police and policing and the dynamics between the state justice system and non-state mechanisms on conflict resolution in Lusaphone Africa.

Her doctoral research focuses on non-state forms of conflict resolution in relation to criminal justice in Mozambique. She also works on issues of pre-trial detention and the prohibition of torture and other ill- treatment. Tina has worked as a lawyer for the Institute for Legal Aid (Instituto Patrocinio e Assistência Jurídica, IPAJ) in Maputo. She is fluent in Portuguese.


  • Petrovic, V., Lorizzo, T., Muntingh, L. (2020 forthcoming) Alternatives to Imprisonment in Mozambique. The implementation of community service orders.   
  • REFORMAR – Research for Mozambique (2019) Children in conflict with the law. Access to Legal Aid and and Programs of Rehabilitation and Social Reintegration. Rede da Criança.
  • Lorizzo, T., Petrovic, V. (2019) Powers of arrest curtailed by Constitutional Council of Mozambique – the impact of the 2013 decision. https://reformar.co.mz/publicacoes/impact-of-2013-decsion.pdf  (English and Portuguese)
  • REFORMAR – Research for Mozambique (2019) Submission by REFORMAR to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women on Women in Prison in Mozambique for the review of Mozambique’s combined 3 rd to 5th Periodic Report to be considered at the 73rd Session of CEDAW.
  • REFORMAR – Research for Mozambique (2019). An assessment of some aspects of judicial integrity in Mozambique.  Centro de Integridade Publica (CIP). (English and Portuguese)
  • REFORMAR – Research for Mozambique (2018) Mozambique Thematic Report on the Implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Joint. https://reformar.co.mz/publicacoes/relatorio-final-direitos-humanos-2018-1.pdf (English and Portuguese)
  • Lorizzo, T., Petrovic, V. (2018) Desenvolvimentos na abordagem da tortura em Moçambique Um relatório situacional. https://reformar.co.mz/publicacoes/deselvolvimentos-na-abordagem-da-tortura-em-mocambique.pdf (Portuguese and English)
  • REFORMAR – Research for Mozambique (2018) Mozambique Thematic Report on the Implementation of the ICCPR in relation to criminal justice In preparation for the Civil Society Submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee. https://reformar.co.mz/publicacoes/moz-iccpr-criminal-justice-reformar.pdf (English and Portuguese)
  • Lorizzo, T. (2016) Constitucionalidade da Legislação Penal e Penitenciária em Àfrica – Moçambique. Dullah Omar Institute. (English and Portuguese)
  • Nuvunga, N., Nhamirre, B., Matine, J. Lorizzo T. (2016) Militarização da Formação Policial em Matalane e na ACIPOL é Preocupante. Centro de Integridade Publica (CIP), Newsletter 10/2016 –Maio https://reformar.co.mz/publicacoes/reformar-cip-05-2016.pdf   
  • Trindade, J.C., Muntingh L., Mota do Amaral, A.J., Lorizzo T., Cruzio, B. (2015) Crianças em conflito com a lei em Moçambique. Em busca de uma estratégia de protecção. UNICEF.
  • Lorizzo, T. (2015) Muitos problemas que comprometem os direitos dos reclusos em prisão preventiva. Centro de Integridade Publica (CIP), Newsletter 15/2015 –Maio https://reformar.co.mz/publicacoes/tina-lorizzo_cip-2015.pdf
  • Lorizzo, T. (2014) The African Commission’s Guidelines on Pre-trial Detention: Implication for Angola and Mozambique. CSPRI-PPJA Occasional Paper No.1, August 2014.
  • Lorizzo, T. (2013) Submission by the Article 5 Initiative on Policing and Imprisonment for the review of the Mozambique Consolidated Report 1994-2010 to the UN Committee Against Torture to be considered at the 51st Session of CAT. Available at: https://reformar.co.mz/publicacoes/int_cat_ngo_moz_15428_e.pdf
  • Lorizzo, T. (2012) Assessing the experience of pre-trial detainees in Maputo. South Africa Crime Quaterly No. 42, 2012.