Wilmien is an attorney in the Constitutional Litigation Unit of the Legal Resources Centre. Her practice specialises in issues of African customary law and community governance systems, also as it relates to community rights to natural resources such as land, fishing and other extractives. She is active in both litigation and policy and law reform to further the democratisation of rural communities, ensuring the equality of customary communities and enforcing their rights to determine their own development paths. She has published on customary law, the right to development and Free, Prior and Informed Consent in the African context and the rights of women living under customary systems.
Wilmien has a special interest in the African regional human rights system and has been active in engaging with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Right and, in particular, it’s Working Group on Extractive Industries.