Dr Silvana Tapia Tapia

Dr Silvana Tapia Tapia

Birmingham Law School
Leverhulme Research Fellow

Dr Silvana Tapia Tapia is research fellow at Birmingham Law School, where she develops a project funded by the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship scheme, looking at non-penal human rights alternatives to respond to violence against women from a feminist and decolonial perspective. Silvana is the author of the monograph “Feminism, Violence Against Women, and Law Reform. Decolonial Lessons from Ecuador” (Routledge, 2022).

Silvana has served as Assistant Professor of Law and Coordinator of Research at Universidad del Azuay’s Law School (Ecuador). Her research on domestic violence has been consulted by Ecuadorian municipalities. Silvana collaborated as editor in the production of the 2020 Shadow Report for the CEDAW Committee, prepared by the National Coalition of Women (Ecuador). Silvana 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. She has also been expert witness in the Popular Tribunals of civil society organisations in Ecuador to assess the role of the state in the prison massacres of 2021 and 2022.

Silvana is 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.


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Socio-Legal Studies (University of Kent, UK)
  • Master in Criminal Law (LLM) (Universidad del Azuay, Ecuador)
  • Lawyer of the Republic’s Tribunals (LLB) (Universidad del Azuay, Ecuador)