Mita Ramani is conducting research with Professor Mariana Candido, working with 19th century court cases from Angola. The court cases are found in the form of primary document court records that have been stored in the backrooms of courthouses for over a century. Ramani is working through transcribing the documents from their calligraphic Portuguese script into modern Portuguese and then further translating the cases into English for analysis. The analysis of the cases looks primarily at the power that women yielded in the courts at that time, specifically focusing on women and their ability to hold property at that time in Angola. By going through more court cases, Ramani is working towards compiling a more wholistic view of the relationship between women and the legal system in historic Angola.
International law, human rights, economic development of underdeveloped countries
Primary document analysis and recording of 18th century court documents from Angola for an inventory