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Samantha Spence LLB (Hons) LLM (Res.) AFHEA

Samantha Spence LLB (Hons) LLM (Res.) AFHEA

Research Student, Associate Lecturer

Bowland North
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YN


Location: C118

Research Interests

Interests include the relationship between law and culture, cultural forms of violence, witchcraft accusations and persecution, women's rights, law society and religion and international human rights

Current Teaching

2013/14

Law 101 - English Legal System

Law 104 - Criminal Law

 

2014/15

Law 101 - English Legal System

Law 303 - Law, Society and Religion

Thesis Title

A feminist analysis into the effectiveness of International Human Rights Law in protecting women from witchcraft accusations and persecution.

Thesis Outline

My thesis examines 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. My 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. Moreover, this thesis seeks to examine how effective CEDAW and other instruments of International Human Rights Law are in protecting women from witchcraft related violence and persecution.

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