Member of Faculty
Professor of Law
University of the Western Cape
|Prof Lea Mwambene|
Bio in brief
Driven by concern about the interaction between law, ideology and social practice, her recent research, in collaboration with national and international experts, includes fieldwork that measures the impact of reformed laws and policies on the enjoyment of human rights by women and children governed by customary rules and practices.
An Honours graduate of the University of Malawi, Lea holds an LLD and LLM from UWC. She was the winner in 2016 of the UWC Law Faculty's Best Emerging Researcher’s Award, and is, among other things, the author of numerous book chapters and journal articles.
Access to justice, gender and customary law in Malawi
Children’s rights standards and child marriage in Malawi?
Engendering access to justice for development in Sub-Saharan Africa: A study of policy, programming and implementation, pp 1-19
Engendering access to justice for the poorest and most vulnerable in sub-Saharan Africa
Gender, poverty and access to justice policy implementation in sub-Saharan Africa
Gendered justice policies on realizing the most vulnerable and extreme poor in sub-Saharan Africa
Hmong 'marriage by capture’ in the United States of America and Ukuthwala in South Africa: Unfolding discussions
Marital rape and cultural defence in South Africa
Recent legal responses to child marriage in southern Africa
The essence vindicated? Courts and customary marriages in South Africa
The thin edge of the wedge: Ukuthwala, alienation and consent
What is the future of polygyny (polygamy) in Africa?