Professor Fareda Banda

Fareda Banda

Professor Fareda Banda BL, LLB, DPhil is Professor of Law at SOAS University of London.

She was born and raised in Zimbabwe and attended Oxford University on a Beit Fellowship.

She teaches English family law, human rights of women and law and society in Africa.

Professor Banda writes on women’s rights, family law, and, more recently, law and literature.

She has been invited to teach in many universities including, Onati, Oslo, Harare, Kampala, Strasbourg, Bayreuth, Pretoria, Oxford, Cambridge, LSE and Zaragoza and was appointed a Hauser Global Visiting Professor by New York University in 2009 and 2014. She loves to teach.

Professor Banda sits on several academic journal boards.

She has been commissioned to produce reports for agencies including the United Nations, the Namibian Ministry of Justice and Minority Rights Group. She believes strongly in the importance of working with civil society organisations and is currently a trustee of Sisters for Change, and a member of the Human Rights Watch policy committee as well as the advisory committee of Human Rights Watch Africa.

Her greatest joy comes from her family, including two daughters, Azera and Shamiso.

She quotes Anne Enright: “There is no book more interesting than a child.” (Well, maybe, Matilda, Malory Towers and Maya Angelou).