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Beth Kamunge-Kpodo

Beth Kamunge-Kpodo

Areas of interest

  • The human right to food
  • Business and human right violations in East Africa
  • The African Charter on Human and People’s Rights
  • Black-feminist approaches to human rights law
  • The role of  law in producing epistemic and other injustices

Dr Kamunge-Kpodo is happy to receive doctoral proposals from prospective students with an interest in feminist and socio-legal explorations of the areas listed above.

Teaching

  • Company Law
  • Land Law
  • Law and Society
  • Legal Skills

Research centres and groups

Background

Dr Beth WangarÄ© Kamunge-Kpodo is a feminist legal scholar of the international human right to food. Specifically she is interested in feminist-informed debates on the extent to which  international and regional  rights to food may be used, if at all, to challenge  social inequalities including corporate human rights violations in the Global South e.g. land-grabbing in Eastern Africa. Beth also has interests more generally in the role of (Company) Law in producing racialised, gendered and classed inequalities in society; as well as the limitations of socio-economic rights and rights discourses more broadly. Beth’s interest in these matters arose while advocating with and for Indigenous communities in East Africa, who were being displaced from their homes and lands by governments and  multinational corporations for ‘development’, ‘conservation’ and other projects/goals.

Beth read Law at the University of Sheffield where she was a holder of a prestigious Academic Merit scholarship for her full degree. Beth then proceeded to undertake an LL.M in International Legal Studies (Human Rights pathway) also at the University of Sheffield’s School of Law. Beth qualified for, and was called to the Bar in Kenya  (currently non-practicing) having passed the Bar Training Course at the Kenya School of Law with Distinction. After 6 years of legal advocacy and non-academic research work on behalf of Unaccompanied Asylum-seeking Minors, and later with Indigenous communities in East Africa, Beth returned to academia for an empirical PhD at the University of Sheffield, that explored epistemic injustices in food justice and rights discourses. Prior to joining the University of Reading as a lecturer in Law, Beth was a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Health, Law and Society in the  University of Bristol’s School of Law, where she had  also worked as a Teaching Associate immediately after the award of her PhD.