Aside from directing the project, Amy’s research within PROPERTY[IN]JUSTICE focuses on the limits and potential of the substantive rights to property and culture in relation to land. In the regional human rights systems, to what extent does ‘property’ accommodate different cultural understandings of land? How does the jurisprudence from regional human rights courts differ in its recognition of the multiple dimensions of land in the context of property? Can the rights to property and/or culture be expanded to include the relationship between people and place beyond the context of indigenous peoples? Amy’s research also examines the implementation of progressive judgements interpreting property in broad, collective terms, to ascertain the impact of international law on the ground.
Within PROPERTY[IN]JUSTICE, Amanda is tracing the conceptual origins of land as property in international law, from its emergence in the common law to its crystallization during the post-1945 period in the UN and regional human rights treaties and their protocols (the European Convention on Human Rights, American Convention on Human Rights and its protocols and the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights) as well as early bilateral investment treaties.
Sonya is a research fellow at the Centre for Legal Integration in Africa at the University of the Western Cape and was a Yenching Academy Fellow at Peking University (2017-2019). In 2018, she was selected to present at the 11th International Junior Faculty Forum at Stanford University on her research on comparative family law in sub-Saharan Africa. She has further worked as a research assistant at the Refugee Rights Unit, UCT, and a research assistant at the Centre for Comparative Law in Africa, UCT, where she also co-taught a graduate course on Chinese investments in Africa. Outside of academia, she likes studying Mandarin (which she speaks at an advanced level), dogs, hiking and speculative fiction. She recently published: Cotton, S., 2020. Do Equality and Non-discrimination Apply to Polygamous African Customary Marriages? A Constitutional and Statutory Analysis of 14 African Commonwealth States. Global Journal of Comparative Law, 9(1), pp.87-116.