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Birmingham Law SchoolUniversity of BirminghamEdgbastonBirminghamB15 2TTUnited Kingdom
Dr Malkani researches and teaches in the fields of human rights and criminal justice. He is the Co-ordinator of 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.
Bharat Malkani joined Birmingham Law School in September 2008 whilst completing his doctorate at the University of Bristol, which he completed in 2009. Prior to commencing his PhD, Bharat worked at the American Bar Association (Juvenile Justice Center) in Washington DC, where he helped co-ordinate an ultimately successful national campaign to have the death penalty for juvenile offenders abolished in the United States of America. He authored an amici curiae brief on the relevance of international human rights law to the interpretation of the US Constitution, which was cited by the US Supreme Court when abolishing the death penalty for juvenile offenders in Roper v. Simmons (2005). While at Bristol, Bharat helped set up the first Innocence Project in the UK, which enables students to research and investigate claims of miscarriages of justice.
Dr Malkani is currently supervising one doctoral student undertaking research in the following area:
Bharat Malkani is broadly interested in the relationship between international human rights law and domestic law, which was the subject of his doctoral thesis. He focuses in particular on the impact that human rights law has had on the domestic criminal justice system.
In February 2012 Dr Malkani recorded a podcast with the University of Birmingham Ideaslab on the topic of Human Rights: noble concept or a shield for terrorists?
Chapters in Books
Human rights and criminal justice, with particular focus on the death penalty; the relationship between international human rights law and domestic law.
Human rights and criminal justice, with particular focus on the death penalty; the relationship between international human rights law and domestic law
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