Dr. Jewel Amoah

Lecturer

Dr. Amoah joined the Faculty of Law at the St. Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies in 2016. She is a lawyer and academic with 20 years experience in human rights advocacy in Canada and throughout West and Southern Africa. She has facilitated organisational change in various public sector environments by raising awareness of harassment, discrimination, human rights and workplace equity. Dr. Amoah is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada (Bar of Ontario).

Full Biography
Dr. Jewel Amoah
  • Contact Information

    Jewel.Amoah@sta.uwi.edu

  • Academic Qualifications

    BA (Hons.) (McMaster), LLB (Ottawa), LLM (Dist.) (Cape Town), PhD (Cape Town)

  • Teaching Areas

    Law and Legal Systems
    Advanced Constitutional Law
    Gender and the Law and Commonwealth Caribbean Constitutions

Full Biography

Dr. Amoah joined the Faculty of Law at the St. Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies in 2016. She is a lawyer and academic with 20 years experience in human rights advocacy in Canada and throughout West and Southern Africa. She has facilitated organisational change in various public sector environments by raising awareness of harassment, discrimination, human rights and workplace equity. Dr. Amoah is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada (Bar of Ontario).

Dr. Amoah has worked with the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone to build the capacity of NGOs and national institutions in the protection and promotion of human rights. In addition, her work with the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation in Malawi and the Centre for Applied Social Sciences in Namibia presented opportunities to advocate for the promotion and protection of human rights, good governance and gender equality, as well as provide advice on matters of gender equality and legislative reform.

Dr. Amoah’s research interests include intersectionality, Critical Race Theory, Feminist Legal Theory, and Legal Pluralism.

Publications

"Watch GRACE Grow: African Customary Law and Constitutional Law in the Garden of Equality", in Feminist Constitutionalism: Global Perspectives, Baines et al eds. (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012) at 357-376.

"Religion vs. Culture: Striking the Right Balance in the Context of Traditional African Religions in the New South Africa", in Traditional African Religions in South African Law, TW Bennett, ed. (Cape Town: UCT Press, 2011) at pp. 37-62.

"The Freedoms of Religion and Culture under the South African Constitution: Do Traditional African Religions Enjoy Equal Treatment?" (co-authored with Tom Bennett) (2008-2009) 24 Journal of Law and Religion pp. 1-20; also at: (2008) 8 African Human Rights Law Journal 357-375.

"At the Crossroads of Equality: The Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Intersecting Identities of GRACE, An African Girl Child", in Proceedings of the Conference on the International Rights of the Child, Collins et al., eds. (Montreal: Wilson & Lafleur, 2008) at pp. 313-337.

"Building Sandcastles in the Snow: Meanings and Misconceptions of the Development of Black Feminist Theory in Canada" in Theorizing Empowerment: Canadian Perspectives on Black Feminist Thought, Notisha Massaquoi and Njoki Wane, eds., (Toronto: Inanna Press, 2007) at pp. 95-118.

"The World on Her Shoulders: The Rights of The Girl-Child in the Context of Culture and Identity" (2007) 4 Essex Human Rights Review 1. Mendes, Errol. Racial Discrimination Law and Practice, (Carswell: Toronto, 1999 – Release 1 Updates)

"Back on the Auction Block: A Discussion of Black Women and Pornography" (1997) 14 National Black Law Journal 204.

"Narrative: The Road to Black Feminist Theory", (1997) 12 Berkeley Women’s Law Journal 84.

Research Interests

International Human Rights
Comparative Constitutional Law