Fareda Banda

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Fareda Banda is a Professor of Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (SOAS). Her teaching is on Family Law and Human Rights of Women as well as issues pertaining to law and society in Africa.

Her research has covered Human Rights of Women, English Family Law, Comparative Family Law, focusing on Africa, Law and Society in Africa and Alternative Dispute Resolution. In April 2008 she featured in the news headlines after compiling a report for the UN Human Rights Commissioner which highlighted that women are discriminated against in almost every country around the world, despite the fact that 185 UN member states had pledged to outlaw laws favouring men by 2005.

Fareda graduated in Zimbabwe and obtained her doctorate in Law from from the University of Oxford where she subsequently had a two year Leverhulme Special Research Fellowship. She has extensive interests on Africa and is an Associate Editor (Africa) of the International Survey of Family Law, editorial board member of the Journal of African Law and the International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, advisory board member of the Journal of Southern African Studies, Advisory Committee member of Human Rights Watch Africa and of the Policy Committee member of Human Rights Watch. Fareda has published widely and she is the author of Women, Law and Human Rights: An African Perspective and co-author (with Professor Christine Chinkin of the LSE) of Gender, Minorities and Indigenous Peoples. She has also written commisioned reports, including in the UK for the Lord Chancellor's Department on why women and ethnic minorities are under-represented in the ranks of Queen's Counsel (with Kate Malleson). Fareda lectures and presents internationally in Europe, Africa and the US.

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