Bharat’s research and teaching focuses on the impact of human rights law on the criminal justice system. He has a particular interest in the death penalty, and is currently writing a monograph exploring the links between slavery, the death penalty, and their respective abolitionist movements in the USA. He has published on various aspects of capital punishment, and was awarded the 2013 Young Scholar Award for his article 'The Obligation to Refrain from Assisting the Use of the Death Penalty' (2013) 62(3) International and Comparative Law Quarterly 523.
Bharat has advised the United Nations and the Australian Parliament on issues relating to the abolition of the death penalty, and is a member of the International Network of Academics Against Capital Punishment. His work has also been cited in the UK Supreme Court.
Bharat is also the Co-ordinator of the Birmingham Law School’s Pro Bono Group, which he established in 2009. The Pro Bono Group provides free legal services for the local community, and enables students to gain experience of the law in practice, to complement their studies.