Dr Samantha Spence

Senior Lecturer

School of Justice, Security and Sustainability

I am a Lecturer of Law and the Programme Lead for the CILEx Higher Apprenticeships provision in the School of Law, Policing and Forensics. I have both academic and practical experience of the law, having worked in local and international law firms, together with many years teaching experience in Higher Education. My research interests include critical thinking, feminist theory and international human rights law, specifically the rights of marglinalised groups. Over recent years, my work has involved working with the United Nations in order to highlight abuses linked to harmful practices.

I teach and supervise students at all levels including: foundation, undergraduate, masters level and PhD supervision.

I am a member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association

Academic qualifications

  • PhD ‘Witchcraft Accusations and Persecutions as a Marginalisation Mechanism of Women’ Lancaster University
  • LLM (Research) ‘A Feminist Analysis of the Effect of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women in South Asia’ Edge Hill University
  • LLB (Hons) Law (First Class), Edge Hill University


  • International Human Rights Law
  • Feminism
  • Critical thinking
  • Oppression of marginalised groups

Research interests

  • International Human Rights Law
  • Oppression of marginalised groups
  • Cultural forms of violence against women
  • Feminism
  • Law and Society

Enterprise and commercial interests

I have worked with legal practice, in both small local and large international firms.

I am currently programme lead for the CILEx Higher Apprenticeships provision at Staffordshire University.


McGarry, J and Spence, S. (2019) ‘Constitutional Statutes – Roots and Recognition’ Statute Law Review, https://doi.org/10.1093/slr/hmz015

Baker, C and Spence, S. (2019) ‘The Challenge of Combining Agendas: Albinism and Witchcraft at the UN Human Rights Council’ (2019) Conference Paper ‘ Witchcraft and Human Rights: Past, Present, Future Perspectives, Lancaster University 10 – 11 January 2019

Spence, S (2017) Witchcraft Accusations and Persecutions as a Marginalisation Mechanism of Women, Cambridge Scholars

Public Engagement:

Co-Organiser: Witchcraft Beliefs and Human Rights: Past, Present and Future Perspectives’, 10th – 11th January 2019, Lancaster University

Personal invitation to attend the launch of photo exhibition ‘From Horror to Hope’ at the United Nations, Palais des Nations, Geneva, September 2018

Personal invitation to attend 37th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Palais des Nations, Geneva, from the Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of Human Rights of Persons with Albinism, March 2018

Co-Organiser: UN Experts Workshop on Witchcraft and Human Rights, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Headquarters, Geneva, September 2017

Launch of WHRIN 2014 Country Report: Witchcraft Accusations and Persecution in Nepal, Bar Human Rights Committee, London 2014

UK University

StudentCrowd University Awards 2022

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

for Job Prospects

StudentCrowd University Awards 2022

for Student Satisfaction

Complete University Guide 2022

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022