Tribe Mkwebu

Senior Lecturer

Research interests

The research undertaken by Dr Tribe Mkwebu for his PhD in Law indicated that there were various positive and negative factors influencing the creation and sustainability of clinical programmes. Enabling factors were most frequently related to positive intervening conditions such as, for example, the availability of a healthy financial base upon which a clinical programme is built. Impeding factors were most frequently associated with negative intervening conditions such as, for example, the resistance to clinical pedagogy. The clinical scholarship reviewed by Tribe revealed a wealth of knowledge on key aspects to consider while founding a clinical programme. However, despite the emphasis on the importance of maximising the benefits accrued using a legal pedagogy that combines theory and practice in the education of future lawyers, little has been written on strategies to sustain already existing clinical programmes. There are still critical knowledge gaps requiring attention. To fill in the knowledge gaps, Tribe undertook a ground breaking systematic review of literature on the formation of law clinics as part of his research for his PhD study and created a map of influential factors, he believes ought to be taken into consideration when planning to establish clinical programmes and/or sustain those that are already in existence. Tribe’s research on clinical pedagogy breaks new ground as the first piece of research in the field of law clinics whose methodological approach has included the undertaking of a systematic review of literature to identify influential factors important to consider when planning to sustain or foster a new clinical programme. This is the area of law in which, primarily lie Tribe's research interests. He is particularly interested in analysing how different factors, such as for example, the resource intensive nature of law clinics, the integration of a clinic component within the legal education curriculum and the tension between the social justice and the educational goals of a clinical pedagogy, influence why law clinics are formed and how they are sustained.

Organisational affiliations

Education/Academic qualification

  • PhD, Law, Northumbria University

    Clinical pedagogy: A systematic review of factors influential in the establishment and sustainability of clinical programmes and a grounded theory explication of a clinical legal education case study in Zimbabwe

    - 2017
  • LLM, Law, Northumbria University

    Human Rights and Civil Liberties

    - 2010
  • LLB (Hons), Law, Northumbria University

    - 2007

Professional Qualifications

  • Bar Vocational Course, (BVC)

  • Fellow Higher Education Academy, (FHEA)