Zainab Naqvi

Visiting Lecturer

Birmingham Law School

Contact details

About

Title of thesis: Big Love or Big Problem? Feminist perspectives on the legal recognition of polygamy in English law

Supervisors:  Dr Rosie Harding

Funding: ESRC

Qualifications

  • LL.B (Hons) Law and French, Coventry University
  • LL.M General, University of Birmingham

Biography

Zainab joined the University of Birmingham to read for her Masters in 2012 after being awarded a first class joint honours Law and French degree from Coventry University. During her undergraduate studies, she was the recipient of the Coventry Law School Prize for best performance on the full-time LL.B course for three consecutive years as well as the Oxford University Press Prize.

Whilst reading for her LL.M degree she became fascinated by the presence and voice of women in the Law. This led to her taking several courses on gender theory within a legal and political science context which has influenced both her doctoral and broader research interests.

Following the completion of her Masters qualification, she joined Birmingham Law School as an Economic and Social Research Council Doctoral Training Centre funded research student.

Teaching

  • Legal Foundations of the European Union

Doctoral research

PhD title

Big Love or Big Problem? Feminist perspectives onthe legal recognition of polygamy in English law
Supervisor Professor Rosie Harding
Course Law PhD / PhD by Distance Learning / MPhil / MJur

Research

Zainab’s 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

Conference Presentations

  • ‘Double Standards: Gender and Media Representations of Female Soldiers during the Abu Ghraib Prisoner Abuse Scandal’ – Women In War and At War: Recent Developments: Warwick Law School, Warwick University (18-19 September 2014)
  • ‘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): School of Languages (Arabic Section), University of Birmingham (9-10 October 2014)
  • ‘White West Knows Best? Critical Feminist Perspectives on Polygamous Marriage in the English Courts’ – Socio-Legal in Culture: The Culture of Socio-Legal: SLSA, Warwick University (31 March – 2April 2015)
  • ‘Marriage, Relationships and the Law: Feminist Perspectives on Polygamous Marriage in the English Courts’ – Law: Rhetoric and Reality: Midlands PGR Conference, University of Leicester (8-9 May 2015) ‘Theorising English Judicial Responses to Women in Polygamous Marriages’ – ROLES: A Gender and Sexuality Forum 5th Annual Conference, University of Birmingham (21 May 2015)

Conference Organisation and Panel Chairing

  • Graduate Centre for Europe, 7th Annual Conference – ‘“Don’t Stop Me Now” Europe: A Progressive Continent?’ 26-27 March 2013, University of Birmingham (Steering Committee Member)
  • Graduate Centre for Europe, 8th Annual Conference – ‘“Travelling Europe”: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Time and Space’ 26-27 March 2014, University of Birmingham (Steering Committee Member and Skills Session Convenor)
  • College of Social Sciences – ‘ROLES: A Sexuality and Gender Forum 4th Annual Conference’ 16 May 2014, University of Birmingham (Steering Committee Member and Panel Chair)
  • Birmingham Law School – ‘Transcending Boundaries in the Law’ 13 June 2014, University of Birmingham (Steering Committee Member)
  • Economic and Social Research Council Midlands Doctoral Training Centre – ‘3rd Annual Midlands DTC Student-led ESRC Conference: “Research Matters”’ 19 June 2014, University of Birmingham (Steering Committee Member and Panel Chair)
  • Graduate Centre for Europe, 9th Annual Conference – ‘Dissident Voices? Europe Past, Present and Future' 25-26 March 2015, University of Birmingham (Steering Committee Member and Publishing Roundtable Participant)

Grants

  • University of Birmingham, College of Arts and Law Postgraduate Research Development Fund Grant: Graduate Centre for Europe,9th Annual Conference – “Dissident Voices? Europe Past, Present and Future” (£1550) (4 December 2014 – 30 March 2015)

Other Positions

  • 2012 – 2014: Editor, Birmingham Journal for Europe
  • 2012 – 2014: Publications Officer, Graduate Centre for Europe
  • 2014 – Present: Chief Editor, Birmingham Journal for Europe
  • 2014 – Present: Co-Chair (Publications), Graduate Centre for Europe

Publications

  •  Zainab Batul Naqvi, ‘A Critical Discussion of the European Parliament’ (2013) 3 BJE
  • Gail Mobley, Zainab Batul Naqvi, Daria Sinziana Neagu, Enrico Vanino, Ivor Bolton and Marine Poirier (eds.), Travelling Europe: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Place and Space (CSP 2015)

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