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Dr Mara Malagodi

Lecturer in Law

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Mara joined the City Law School as a Lecturer in Law in September 2015. She convenes the LLM course in Comparative Constitutional Law. Mara also teaches on the core modules for Constitutional & Administrative Law and Legal Method on the LLB; Constitutional & Administrative Law on the GE LLB, and Public Law on the GDL.

Previously, at LSE she taught Public Law and Comparative Constitutional Law. At SOAS, she taught Law & Society in South Asia; Law & Development; Cultural Studies Theories in Asia, Africa & the Middle East; South Asian Culture; and Society, Culture & Identity in Nepal.

Mara is a comparative constitutional lawyer with a linguistically-informed specialism in South Asian law and politics (in particular Nepal, India, and Pakistan), human rights law, and legal history.

Mara is a scholar of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, which awarded her the Blackstone Entrance Exhibition and the Quatercentenary Scholarship for her training at the Bar of England and Wales. She was called to the Bar in 2016.


Mara holds her Doctorate, MA in South Asia Area Studies, and BA (Hons) in Nepali & Politics from the University of London (SOAS); her Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) from The City Law School; her Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) from the then College of Law; and her BA in International Relations & Diplomacy from the University of Trieste. Mara was called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple in 2016.


Before joining the City Law School, Mara was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Law at LSE (2012-2015) and a Senior Teaching Fellow at SOAS (2008-2012). Mara has also worked as an external consultant for various UN agencies.



  1. Malagodi, M. (2013). Constitutional Nationalism and Legal Exclusion: Equality, Identity Politics, and Democracy in Nepal (1990-2007). Delhi: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-808291-0.

Chapters (5)

  1. Malagodi, M. (2016). Constitution drafting as cold war realpolitik: Sir Ivor Jennings and Nepal's 1959 constitution. Constitution-making in Asia: Decolonisation and State-Building in the Aftermath of the British Empire (pp. 154–172). ISBN 978-1-315-62979-7.
  2. Malagodi, (2015). The Locus of Sovereign Authority in Nepal. In Tushnet, M. and Khosla, M. (Eds.), Unstable Constitutionalism: Law and Politics in South Asia (pp. 45–85). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-107-06895-7.
  3. Malagodi, (2013). Constitutional Developments in a Himalayan Kingdom: The Experience of Nepal. In Khilnani, S. and Thiruvengadam, A. (Eds.), Comparative Constitutionalism in South Asia (pp. 87–115). Delhi: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-808176-0.
  4. Malagodi, (2013). Protection of Religious Rights in India. In Dingemans, J. (Ed.), The Protections for Religious Rights Law and Practice (pp. 177–194). Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-966096-4.
  5. Malagodi, (2012). Constitutional Change and the Quest for Legal Inclusion in Nepal. In Harvey, C. and Schwartz, A. (Eds.), Rights in Divided Societies Oxford: Hart Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84946-100-9.

Internet Publications (7)

  1. Malagodi, (2015). Nepal's Constitutional Crisis. Journal of Indian Law and Society Blog.
  2. Malagodi, (2015). Cow Protection, Hindu Revivalism, and Constitutional Politics in India and Nepal. Ballots & Bullets | Blog of the School of Politics & International Relations, University of Nottingham.
  3. Malagodi, (2014). The saga of Nepal’s embattled constitutional politics continues. LSE South Asia Blog.
  4. Malagodi, (2013). Constitutionalism, state restructuring and identity politics in Nepal. LSE South Asia Blog.
  5. Malagodi, (2013). Nepal at the polls. LSE South Asia Blog.
  6. Malagodi, (2013). #NepalCounts: A Post-Mortem of the CA2 Elections..
  7. Malagodi, (2011). Nepal’s difficult constitutional transition. OpenDemocracy.

Journal Articles (5)

  1. Malagodi, M. (2015). Ivor Jennings's Constitutional Legacy beyond the Occidental-Oriental Divide. Journal of Law and Society, 42(1), pp. 102–126. doi:10.1111/j.1467-6478.2015.00700.x.
  2. Malagodi, M. (2014). ‘The Oriental Jennings’: An Archival Investigation into Sir Ivor Jennings' Constitutional Legacy in South Asia. Legal Information Management, 14(01), pp. 33–37. doi:10.1017/S1472669614000103.
  3. Rasaratnam, M. and Malagodi, M. (2012). Eyes wide shut: Persistent conflict and liberal peace-building in Nepal and Sri Lanka. Conflict, Security and Development, 12(3), pp. 299–327. doi:10.1080/14678802.2012.703536.
  4. Malagodi, M. (2011). The End of a National Monarchy: Nepal's Recent Constitutional Transition from Hindu Kingdom to Secular Federal Republic. Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 11(2), pp. 234–251. doi:10.1111/j.1754-9469.2011.01118.x.
  5. Malagodi, M. (2008). Forging the Nepali Nation through Law: A Reflection on the Use of Western Legal Tools in a Himalayan Kingdom. Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 8(3), pp. 433–452. doi:10.1111/j.1754-9469.2008.00030.x.


  1. Malagodi, (2016). Publication Review: 'Constitutionalism in Asia: Cases and Materials' by Wen-Chen Chang, Li-ann Thio, Kevin Y.L. Tan, and Jiunn-rong Yeh (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2014) cxiv + 1056 pp.

Other Activities

Events/Conferences (12)

  1. ‘Nepal’s New Federal Arrangements’. Brussels, EU Committee of the Regions (2015).
    Description: Dealing with Territorial Cleavages in Constitutional Transitions:
  2. Constitutional Nationalism and Religion in India and Nepal. University of Bielefeld (2015).
    Description: Balancing Religious Accommodation and Human Rights in Constitutional Frameworks:
  3. The Locus of Sovereign Authority in Nepal. NYU School of Law (2015).
    Description: ICON•S Conference 2015:
  4. The ‘Oriental Jennings’: Constitutional Migration and the Cold War in South Asia. Hannover (2015).
    Description: Constitutionalism, Religious Freedom and Human Rights: Constitutional Migration and Transjudicialism beyond the North Atlantic
  5. Waiting for Godot: Federal Restructuring in Nepal. Zaragoza (2014).
    Description: Dealing with Territorial Cleavages in Constitutional Transitions:
  6. The Architecture of Power in Nepal: Constitutionalism, Sovereignty, and the
    Harvard Law School (2013).
    Description: Constitutional Development, Economic Change, and Democratic Stresses in South Asia:
  7. Constitutional Borrowing, Foreign Experts and Local Adaptations in Nepal. University of Cambridge (2013).
    Description: Recovering Histories of Law in Asia:
  8. Legal Equality between Recognition and Redistribution: Constitutional Drafting and Adjudication in India and Nepal. Kathmandu (2012).
    Description: Inequality and Affirmative Action: Nepal in Global Debates
  9. Kathmandu Journey – Sir Ivor Jennings in Nepal and the Drafting of the 1959
    NUS Singapore (2012).
    Description: Legal Histories of the British Empire:
  10. The Media Coverage of the Drafting of Nepal’s 2007 Interim
    Kathmandu (2011).
    Description: The Creation of Public Meaning during Nepal’s Democratic
    Transition [British Academy Travel Grant]
  11. Constituent Power, Identity Politics and Constitutional Expectations in Post-1990 Nepal. University of Southampton (2011).
    Description: British Association of South Asian Studies 25th Anniversary Conference [Invited Speaker for Keynote Session under British Academy grant to bring rising Nepal scholar to
    plenary session]
  12. Territorial Governance, Conflict, and Identity in Nepal. NUS Singapore
    Description: Central-Local Relations in Asia and Beyond, Hart Publishing ‘Constitutional Systems of the World Series’:

Media Appearance

  1. Al Jazeera Inside Story: Will a new constitution bring stability to Nepal?


  1. Mara is part of the Executive Committee of the UK Constitutional Law Association (UKCLA).

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