As a Legal Fellow with Partners in Justice International, Ms. Steyn primarily conducts factual and legal research relating to situations where PJI works, or is considering working, and assists in providing support to local practitioners and survivors of human rights violations seeking accountability for grave crimes in their own countries’ courts.


Liline Steyn is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa and a PhD candidate at the Geneva Graduate Institute. She served her articles at the Stellenbosch University Law Clinic for two years where she worked on human rights issues. As a candidate attorney, Ms. Steyn worked on civil matters such as child rights, family matters and defending unlawful evictions. She also assisted on impact litigation matters by conducting research and assisting senior attorneys with case preparation.  

Ms. Steyn received her bachelor’s degree in humanities majoring in political science and English literature before commencing her LLB degree. During her LLB degree she spent a semester exchange at the University of Antwerp where she focused on International Public Law and International Criminal Law. In this time, she was also a research assistant at the SARCPL (South African Research Chair in Property Law) where she assisted in researching material from foreign jurisdictions. In the course of her LLB degree Ms. Steyn was a volunteer for SASLAW (South African Society for Labour Law) and CLASI (South African Constitutional Literacy and Service Initiative). In 2019 she commenced her LLM which focused on commercial law in South Africa. Ms. Steyn is currently working on her PhD which focuses on child rights in the context of international migration law at the Geneva Graduate Institute.


Geneva Graduate Institute, PhD Candidate, 2021 – present

Stellenbosch University, LLM, 2020

Stellenbosch University, LLB, 2019 (Semester Exchange at the University of Antwerp 2018)

Stellenbosch University, B.A. Humanities, 2015


English: Native Fluency

Dutch: Basic

French: Basic

German: Basic