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 Prof. Lea Mwambene

Position: Professor
Department: Private Law
Faculty: Faculty of Law
Qualifications: LLD (2006-2008, UWC)
LLM (2004-2005, UWC)
LLB (Hons) (1996-2001, University of Malawi)
Diploma in Nursing (1992-1995, University of Malawi)
Tel: 021 959 3284
Fax: 021 959 0000


 Specialist in Comparative Law, Customary Law and Legal and Cultural Pluralism.

Cannon Educational Trusts (2006-2008) which provided the financial   support towards my LLD studies.

Research Interests:
International and constitutional influences on women and children’s rights governed by African Customary Law; family law, women’s rights and gender; and Constitutional law. 

Presentations and Abstracts (International)

1. Lea Mwambene ‘Child Care, Protection and Justice Act, 2010 and customary family law in Malawi’ Miller DuToit Conference, Cape Town, April 2011.

2. Lea Mwambene ‘African customary family law and children in Malawi: Adaptability to change? Lyon France, 19-23 July 2011.
3. Lea Mwambene ‘Do sexual delicts under customary law have any room in the face of the Constitution in South Africa? UCT, Cape Town September 2011.

4. Lea Mwambene and Julia Sloth-Nielsen ‘Ukuthwala, Forced Marriage and the South African Children’s Act’, London, 30 June 2010
5. Lea Mwambene and Julia Sloth-Nielsen ‘Talking the talk and walking the walk: developing customary law? Cape Town, 10 December 2010.

6. Lea Mwambene ‘Adoption under the Children’s Act of South Africa: A Comparative view with the Child Care and Protection Bill of Namibia’ Seminar on the Draft Child Care and Protection Bill of Namibia 11-12 June 2009.

Presentations and Abstractcs (Local)

7. Lea Mwambene ‘The bull’s eye of section 7 (6) of the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act litigation: The case of Ngwenyama v Mayelane & Another 2012’ 2012 Research Retreat, Law Faculty, UWC.

8. Lea Mwambene and Yeukai Mupangavanhu ‘The match made in purgatory and not heaven: Malawian’s same sex couple’s right to sexual orientation and the application of the international human rights standards against discrimination’ Stellenbosch, October 2010, Research Retreat, Law Faculty, UWC.

9. Lea Mwambene and Carmel Van Niekerk ‘The Gumede Judgment: Another Lost opportunity to develop customary law and protect women’s rights? 2009 Research Retreat, Law

Teaching Experience
Undergraduate teaching
• Law of Persons  2009; 2010 & 2011
• Customary law  2009 to date:
• Family law 2009 & 2010; and
• Legal systems 2012.
• Postgraduate teaching
• Gender and Law 2009;
• Gender and Equality 2010 ; 2011 & 2012 ;
• Missouri Programme 2011 & 2012.

Post-graduate supervision
LLD and LLM students.





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