Zainab Naqvi

Birmingham Law School
Visiting Lecturer

Contact details

Title of thesis: Feminist Perspectives on the Legal Recognition of Polygamous Marriages in the UK
Supervisors:  Professor Rosie Harding and Dr Anastasia Vakulenko
Funding: ESRC

Qualifications

  • LLB (Hons) Law and French (Coventry University)
  • LLM General (University of Birmingham)
  • PGCert Advanced Research Methods and Skills (University of Birmingham)
  • Associate Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Biography

Zainab completed her LLB in Law and French at Coventry University, her LLM (General) at the University of Birmingham Law School in 2013 and remained at Birmingham as an ESRC DTC Doctoral Research Student. During her undergraduate studies, she was the recipient of the Coventry Law School Prize for three consecutive years as well as the Oxford University Press Prize.

Her research interests are in family law and socio-legal theory with a particular focus on legal responses towards relationships and marriages in the UK.

Teaching

Doctoral research

PhD title Feminist Perspectives on the Legal Recognition of Polygamous Marriages in the UK
Supervisors Professor Rosie Harding and Dr Anastasia Vakulenko
Course Law PhD / PhD by Distance Learning / MPhil / MJur

Research

Zainab’s doctoral research seeks to examine the viability of incorporating polygamy into the United Kingdom’s legal definition of marriage from a feminist perspective. The research will be undertaken through an examination of English case law pertaining to polygamy. The project also involves a qualitative study of women’s experiences of and attitudes towards polygamous and monogamous marriages along with a discussion of any possible reforms to existing law on this area.

Other activities

Event organisation and participation

  • Judge, ESU Mooting Competition: First Round, Coventry University (December 2016)
  • Conference Panel Chair, Midlands PGR Conference, ‘Law’s Impact in the Real World’, University of Birmingham (5 June 2016) 
  • Conference Panel Chair, PGR Stream, ‘Appointing Judges in an Age of Diversity’, University of Birmingham (5 November 2015)
  • Steering Committee Member and Roundtable Participant, Graduate Centre for Europe - 9th Annual Conference, ‘Dissident Voices? Europe Past, Present and Future’, University of Birmingham (25– 26 March 2015)
  • Steering Committee Member and Panel Chair, 3rd Annual ESRC Midlands DTC Student-led Conference, ‘Research Matters, University of Birmingham (19 June 2014)
  • Steering Committee Member, Birmingham Law School PGR Conference, ‘Transcending Boundaries in the Law’, University of Birmingham (13 June 2014)
  • Steering Committee Member and Panel Chair, ROLES: A Sexuality and Gender Forum – 4th Annual Conference, University of Birmingham (16 May 2014)
  • Steering Committee Member and Skills Session Convenor, Graduate Centre for Europe – 8th Annual Conference, ‘Travelling Europe: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Time and Space’, University of Birmingham (26-27 March 2014)
  • Steering Committee Member, Graduate Centre for Europe – 7th Annual Conference, ‘Don’t Stop Me Now – Europe: A Progressive Continent?’, University of Birmingham (26-27 March 2013)

Editorial and publishing experience

  • Co-Chair (Publications), Graduate Centre for Europe, University of Birmingham,  2014-2015
  • Chief Editor, Birmingham Journal for Europe, University of Birmingham, 2014-2015
  • Editor, Birmingham Journal for Europe, University of Birmingham, 2012-2014
  • Publications Officer, Graduate Centre for Europe, University of Birmingham, 2012-2014

Student engagement and recruitment

  • Postgraduate Student Ambassador, University of Birmingham2012-2016
  • Undergraduate Student Ambassador, Coventry University, 2010-2012

Publications

Articles

Conference papers

  • ‘“I suffered with this thing – English marriage…” – Experiences and Views of Polygamous Marriage and the UK Legal System’, SLSA Annual Conference 2016, Lancaster University (5-7 April 2016)
  • ‘Theorising English Judicial Responses to Women in Polygamous Marriages’, ROLES: A Gender and Sexuality Forum 5th Annual Conference, University of Birmingham (21 May 2015)
  • ‘Marriage, Relationships and the Law: Feminist Perspectives on Polygamous Marriage in the English Courts’, Midlands PGR Conference, University of Leicester (8–9May 2015)
  • ‘White West Knows Best? Critical Feminist Perspectives on Polygamous Marriage in the English Courts’, SLSA Annual Conference 2015, Warwick University (31 March – 2 April 2015)
  • ‘Gender and Media Representations of Female Soldiers during the Abu Ghraib Scandal’, Narrating and Translating Rape/ Violence in Wartime in the MENA region: The Role of Language(s) Conference, University of Birmingham (9-10 October 2014) 
  • ‘Double Standards: Gender and Media Representations of Female Soldiers during the Abu Ghraib Prisoner Abuse Scandal’, Women In War and At War: Recent Developments Conference, Warwick University (18-19 September 2014)