Professor Fareda Banda
BL, LLB (Zimbabwe), DPhil (Oxon)
Postgraduate Taught Deputy Admissions Tutor
- Professor Fareda Banda
- Email address:
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- SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
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Fareda Banda holds two law degrees from the University of Zimbabwe where she won the University book prize for graduating in the top three. She was awarded a Beit Fellowship to Oxford University and a Livingstone Scholarship to Cambridge. She took the Beit and went to Oxford where she was elected President of the graduates of her College and completed her doctorate on access to justice for women within three years. Thereafter, she worked for the Law Commission of England and Wales before being awarded a Leverhulme Special Research Fellowship which enabled her to return to Oxford as a post-doctoral research fellow.
Fareda joined SOAS in 1996. She has convened and taught English Family law, Human rights of women and Law and Society since then. She has also contributed to various courses including Alternative Dispute Resolution, Law and Development, Law and Development in Africa and Legal Systems of Asia and Africa. She has supervised PhD theses on topics including children’s rights, sexual violence against women, post-conflict reconstruction and gender. She writes on women’s rights, family law, and, more recently, religion. Fareda has been an active member of the School’s Equality Committee, first in her capacity as the union equality officer and more recently as the representative of the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences. In 2004 she was a member of the AUT (now UCU) National Equality Committee. She has also sat on Academic Board, the School Scholarship Committee and the Faculty Promotions Committee. In addition to being the Deputy Exam officer for undergraduates, she has assisted with both undergraduate and post graduate admissions at the departmental level.
She has been invited to teach in a number of jurisdictions including: Onati, Oslo, Harare, Kampala, Strasbourg, Bayreuth, Pretoria, Oxford, Cambridge , LSE and Zaragoza. She was awarded a visiting scholarship by St Johns College Oxford and has held visiting appointments in Onati. Fareda was appointed a Hauser Global Visiting Professor by NYU in 2009 and 2014.
Fareda sits on nine academic journal boards. She has been commissioned to produce reports on various topics for agencies including the United Nations, GTZ, the Ministry of Justice (formerly Lord Chancellor’s Department) and Minority Rights Group. Fareda has aadvised the government of Namibia on law reform and drafted a Law Reform Plan. She has been an election observer for the Carter Centre. She believes strongly in the importance of working with civil society organizations and has been a trustee of Womankind Worldwide and FORWARD. She is currently on Human Rights Watch policy committee as well as the advisory committee of Human Rights Watch Africa. She is also on the advisory council of Women’s Link Worldwide. Fareda has participated in many expert group meetings on topics including children’s rights, women’s rights, development, water and family law. She has peer reviewed and contributed to the output of several organisations including Centre for Reproductive Rights, Equality Now, the World Bank, The African Commission, FORWARD, NORAD, Danish Institute for Human Rights, WLSA and Women's Link Worldwide. Fareda has also assisted Amnesty International, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, Interights, Forum for Marriage, local authorities. She has provided expert opinions for use in courts.
Her greatest joy comes courtesy of her family including two daughters, Azera and Shamiso (and Craig!). They remind me daily of all that is important and joyful in life, and it must be said, do a great job of putting a brake on the research and travel. As Anne Enright has said: “There is no book more interesting than a child.” (Well, maybe Matilda, Mallory Towers and Maya Angelou).
PhD Students supervised
- Muna Hersi, ‘The Veil of Theory’ in understanding what makes rape financially negotiable in Somaliland.
Banda, Fareda (2005) Women, Law and Human Rights: An African Perspective. Hart.
Banda, Fareda and Chinkin, C. (2004) Gender, Minorities and Indigenous Peoples. London: Minority Rights Group International.
Banda, Fareda and Malleson, Kate (2000) Factors affecting the decision to apply for silk and judicial office (Research series). London: Lord Chancellor's Department.
Edited Books or Journal Volumes
Banda, Fareda and Fishbayn Joffee, L., eds. (2016) Women’s Rights and Religious Law: Domestic and International Perspectives. Abingdon; New York: Routledge. (Forthcoming)
Banda, Fareda and Fishbayn Joffe, L. (2016) 'Introduction.' In: Banda, Fareda and Fishbayn Joffe, L. , (eds.), Women’s Rights and Religious Law: Domestic and International Perspectives. Abingdon; New York: Routledge. (Forthcoming)
Banda, Fareda (2016) 'Gender, Religion and Human Rights in Africa.' In: Banda, Fareda and Fishbayn Joffe, L., (eds.), Women’s Rights and Religious Law: Domestic and International Perspectives. Abingdon; New York: Routledge. (Forthcoming)
Banda, Fareda (2015) 'The United Nations Working Group on the Issue of Discrimination against Women in Law and Practice.' In: Hellum, Anne and Sinding Aasen, Henriette, (eds.), Women's Human Rights: CEDAW in International, Regional and National Law. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 62-94. (Studies on Human Rights Conventions)
Banda, Fareda (2014) 'The Constitution of Zimbabwe 2013: A Constitutional Curate’s egg.' In: Atkin, B., (ed.), International Survey of Family Law: 2014 edition. Bristol: Jordan Publishing, pp. 491-503.
Banda, Fareda (2014) 'Changing the Constitution and Challenging Attitudes: Recent Developments in Kenyan Family Law.' In: Atkin, B., (ed.), International Survey of Family Law: 2014 edition. Bristol: Jordan Publishing, pp. 255-272.
Banda, Fareda (2014) 'Gender Discrimination and the Right to Family Life.' In: Eekelaar, John and George, Rob, (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Family Law and Policy. Abingdon; New York: Routledge, pp. 297-314.
Banda, Fareda (2013) 'Women, Human Rights and Development.' In: Realizing the Right to Development Essays in Commemoration of 25 Years of the United Nations Declaration on the Right to Development. New York; Geneva: United Nations: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, pp. 149-158.
Banda, Fareda (2012) 'Women and Access to Justice.' In: Dias, Ayesha and Welch, Gita, (eds.), Justice for the Poor Perspectives on Accelerating Access. Delhi: OUP India.
Banda, Fareda (2012) 'Article 10: Education.' In: Freeman, Marsha A. and Chinkin, Christine and Rudolf, Beate, (eds.), The UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women A Commentary. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 253-278. (Oxford Commentaries on International Law)
Banda, Fareda (2012) 'Article 14: Rural Women.' In: Freeman, Marsha A. and Chinkin, Christine and Rudolf, Beate, (eds.), The UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women A Commentary. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 357-386. (Oxford Commentaries on International Law)
Banda, Fareda (2008) 'Protocol to the African Charter on the Rights of Women in Africa.' In: Evans, Malcolm and Murray, Rachel, (eds.), The African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights The System in Practice 1986–2006, 2nd edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 441-474.
Banda, Fareda (2007) 'New rights for women.' In: Moyo, Gugulethu and Ashurst, Mark, (eds.), The Day After Mugabe: Prospects for Change in Zimbabwe. London: Africa Research Institute, p. 198.
Banda, Fareda (2006) 'Sex, Gender and International Law.' In: Proceedings of the 100th Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law. Washington: ASIL, pp. 243-246.
Banda, Fareda (2004) 'The End of Culture? The Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Human Rights of Women, 2003.' In: Murison, J. and Griffiths, A. and King, K., (eds.), Remaking Law in Africa: Transnationalism Persons and Rights. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Banda, Fareda (2002) 'Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Courts and Customary Law in Zimbabwe.' In: Bainham, A., (ed.), The International Survey of Family Law 2002 Edition. Jordan, pp. 471-487.
Banda, Fareda (2001) 'Inheritance and Marital Rape.' In: International Survey of Family Law: 2001 edition. Bristol: Jordan Publishing, pp. 475-486.
Banda, Fareda (1999) 'Inheriting Trouble? Changing the Face of the Customary Law of Succession in Zimbabwe.' In: Bainham, A., (ed.), The International Survey of Family Law. Kluwer, pp. 525-549.
Banda, Fareda (1998) 'Meaningless Gestures? African Nations and the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women.' In: J, eds, (ed.), The Changing Family Forms and Family Law. Hart Publishing, pp. 529-541.
Banda, Fareda (1998) 'Post Independence Family Law Reform in Namibia.' In: International Survey of Family Law: 1996 edition. The Hague: Kluwer Law International, pp. 265-278.
Banda, Fareda (1994) 'Custody and the Best Interests of the Child: Another view from Zimbabwe.' In: Alston, P., (ed.), The Best Interests of the Child. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Banda, Fareda (2010) 'This one is from the ladies: Thank you Martin Chanock, honorary African Feminist.' Law in Context, 28 (2). pp. 8-26.
Banda, Fareda (2008) 'Building on a global movement: Violence against women in the African context.' African Human Rights Law Journal, 8 (1). pp. 1-22.
Banda, Fareda (2006) 'Women, Law and Human Rights in Southern Africa.' Journal of Southern African Studies, 32 (1). pp. 13-27.
Banda, Fareda (2006) 'Understanding Women’s Economic and Social Human Rights.' East African Journal of Peace & Human Rights, 12 (2). pp. 232-253.
Banda, Fareda (2006) 'Blazing a Trail: The African Protocol on Women’s Rights Comes into Force.' Journal of African Law, 50 (1). pp. 72-84.
Banda, Fareda et al. (2004) 'Montréal Principles on Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.' Human Rights Quarterly, 26 . pp. 760-780.
Banda, Fareda (2004) 'The Protection of Women’s Rights in Africa.' INTERIGHTS Bulletin, 14 (4). pp. 147-150.
Banda, Fareda (2003) 'Global Standards: Local Values.' International Journal of Law Policy and the Family, 17 (1). pp. 1-27.
Banda, Fareda (2002) 'Going it Alone: SADC and the Gender Debate.' Journal of African Law, 46 (2). pp. 259-264.
Banda, Fareda (1997) 'Family Law Reform in Zimbabwe 1987 to the Present.' The International Survey of Family Law . pp. 543-562.
Banda, Fareda (1995) 'Provision of Maintenance for Women and Children in Zimbabwe.' Cardozo's Women's Law Journal, 2 . pp. 71-90.
Banda, Fareda (1994) 'Custody and the Best Interests of the Child: Another View From Zimbabwe.' International Journal of Law and the Family , 8 . pp. 191-201.
Banda, Fareda (2008) Mechanism to Address Laws that Discriminate Against Women. Geneva: Office of the High Commission for Human Rights.
Banda, Fareda (2003) 'Review of: P. Alston and J. Crawford (eds.), The Future of UN Human Rights Treaty Monitoring, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.' Journal of African Law, 47 (1). pp. 139-142.
Banda, Fareda (2015) 'Achievements and Challenges in Gender Equality in International Human Rights Law: The Last Twenty Years [Online].' Let's Talk about Women's Rights: 20 Years after the Beijing Platform for Action . United Nations Research Institute for Social Development.
Banda, Fareda (2003) 'Legal tools for the Prevention of FGM: A Perspective from Europe.' In: In No Peace without Justice, AIDOS and TAMWA. Edited Proceedings of the Afro-Arab Expert Consultation on Legal tools for the Prevention of Female Genital Mutilation.
Banda, Fareda (2001) 'How useful are international human rights treaties?' In: One World Action Seminar Report. London: One World Action. pp. 29-31.
Banda, Fareda and Malleson, K (2000) 'Factors Affecting the Decision to Apply for Silk and Judicial Office.' Lord Chancellors Dept. Research Series No.2/00. pp. 1-49.