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Samantha Spence LLB (Hons) LLM (Res.)
Research Student, Associate Lecturer
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International Human Rights Law, the relationship between law and culture, women's rights, law and religion
Law 101 - English Legal System
Law 104 - Criminal Law
Witchcraft accuations as a marginalising mechanism of women.
Samantha's thesis will examine the phenomenon of witchcraft. Belief in witchcraft is prevalent globally, yet there is still a lack of awareness of witchcraft related violence. Witchcraft violence is one of the most heinous crimes committed against women. Samantha's research will investigate the background of witchcraft, examining how and why women are accused of witchcraft and the effect of such accusations. The research will focus on the relationship between violence against women and cultural traditions, examining whether witchcraft accusations, together with the violence that follows an accusation, are tools used to manipulate, control and regulate women, in order to comply with culturally specific patriarchal norms.
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