Looking at non-penal human rights alternatives to respond to violence against women from a feminist and decolonial perspective, Silvana will discuss how the conciliation between feminist campaigns and criminalisation strategies takes place through liberal legality, the language of human rights, and the discourse of constitutional guarantees, across the political spectrum.
Dr Silvana Tapia is a research fellow at Birmingham Law School. Silvana is an alumna of the Harvard Institute for Global Law and Policy and the Stanford Junior Faculty Forum. She has published her research in journals such as Feminist Theory, Social and Legal Studies, Feminist Legal Studies, Latin American Law Review, and Derecho del Estado. Silvana is the author of the monograph Feminism, Violence Against Women, and Law Reform. Decolonial Lessons from Ecuador (Routledge, 2022), winning the prestigious Hart–SLSA Book Prize 2023.
Silvana collaborated as editor in the production of the 2020 Shadow Report for the CEDAW Committee, prepared by the National Coalition of Women (Ecuador), and has also been part of civil society groups consulted about carceral violence by the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.