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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 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.


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.


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.


Journal Article (5)

  1. Malagodi, M. (01 Jan 2015). Ivor Jennings's Constitutional Legacy beyond the Occidental-Oriental Divide. Journal of Law and Society, 42(1), 102-126. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6478.2015.00700.x
  2. Malagodi, M. (Mar 2014). ‘The Oriental Jennings’: An Archival Investigation into Sir Ivor Jennings' Constitutional Legacy in South Asia. Legal Information Management, 14(01), 33-37. doi: 10.1017/S1472669614000103
  3. Rasaratnam, M. and Malagodi, M. (01 May 2012). Eyes wide shut: Persistent conflict and liberal peace-building in Nepal and Sri Lanka. Conflict, Security and Development, 12(3), 299-327. doi: 10.1080/14678802.2012.703536
  4. Malagodi, M. (Oct 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), 234-251. doi: 10.1111/j.1754-9469.2011.01118.x
  5. Malagodi, M. (Dec 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), 433-452. doi: 10.1111/j.1754-9469.2008.00030.x

Book (1)

  1. Malagodi, M. (24 Jan 2013). Constitutional Nationalism and Legal Exclusion: Equality, Identity Politics, and Democracy in Nepal (1990-2007). Delhi: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198082910.001.0001

Chapter (5)

  1. Malagodi, M. (31 Mar 2016). Constitution drafting as cold war realpolitik: Sir Ivor Jennings and Nepal's 1959 constitution. (Ed.), Constitution-making in Asia: Decolonisation and State-Building in the Aftermath of the British Empire (pp. 154-172) doi: 10.4324/9781315629797
  2. Malagodi, (28 Aug 2015). The Locus of Sovereign Authority in Nepal. Tushnet, M. and Khosla, M. (Ed.), Unstable Constitutionalism: Law and Politics in South Asia (pp. 45-85) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 1107068959.
  3. Malagodi, (31 Jan 2013). Constitutional Developments in a Himalayan Kingdom: The Experience of Nepal. Khilnani, S. and Thiruvengadam, A. (Ed.), Comparative Constitutionalism in South Asia (pp. 87-115) Delhi: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 0198081766.
  4. Malagodi, (Oct 2013). Protection of Religious Rights in India. Dingemans, J. (Ed.), The Protections for Religious Rights Law and Practice (pp. 177-194) Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 0199660964.
  5. Malagodi, (2012). Constitutional Change and the Quest for Legal Inclusion in Nepal. Harvey, C. and Schwartz, A. (Ed.), Rights in Divided Societies Oxford: Hart Publishing. ISBN: 1849461007.

Internet Publication (7)

  1. Malagodi, (16 Nov 2015). Cow Protection, Hindu Revivalism, and Constitutional Politics in India and Nepal Retrieved from: [publisher's website]
  2. Malagodi, (10 Sep 2015). Nepal's Constitutional Crisis Retrieved from: [publisher's website]
  3. Malagodi, (22 Nov 2014). The saga of Nepal’s embattled constitutional politics continues Retrieved from: [publisher's website]
  4. Malagodi, (22 Jul 2013). Constitutionalism, state restructuring and identity politics in Nepal Retrieved from: [publisher's website]
  5. Malagodi, (13 Dec 2013). #NepalCounts: A Post-Mortem of the CA2 Elections Retrieved from: [publisher's website]
  6. Malagodi, (15 Nov 2013). Nepal at the polls Retrieved from: [publisher's website]
  7. Malagodi, (21 May 2011). Nepal’s difficult constitutional transition Retrieved from: [publisher's website]

Other (1)

  1. Malagodi, (03 Jan 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 Attended (12)

  • Constituent Power, Identity Politics and Constitutional Expectations in Post-1990 Nepal, University of Southampton 11 Apr 2011, 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]
  • The Media Coverage of the Drafting of Nepal’s 2007 Interim Constitution, Kathmandu 04 Sep 2011, The Creation of Public Meaning during Nepal’s Democratic Transition [British Academy Travel Grant]
  • Kathmandu Journey – Sir Ivor Jennings in Nepal and the Drafting of the 1959 Constitution, NUS Singapore 05 Jul 2012, Legal Histories of the British Empire:
  • Legal Equality between Recognition and Redistribution: Constitutional Drafting and Adjudication in India and Nepal, Kathmandu 18 Jul 2012, Inequality and Affirmative Action: Nepal in Global Debates
  • Constitutional Borrowing, Foreign Experts and Local Adaptations in Nepal, University of Cambridge 14 Mar 2013, Recovering Histories of Law in Asia:
  • The Architecture of Power in Nepal: Constitutionalism, Sovereignty, and the Nation, Harvard Law School 26 May 2013, Constitutional Development, Economic Change, and Democratic Stresses in South Asia:
  • Territorial Governance, Conflict, and Identity in Nepal, NUS Singapore , Central-Local Relations in Asia and Beyond, Hart Publishing ‘Constitutional Systems of the World Series’:
  • Waiting for Godot: Federal Restructuring in Nepal, Zaragoza 28 Mar 2014, Dealing with Territorial Cleavages in Constitutional Transitions:
  • The ‘Oriental Jennings’: Constitutional Migration and the Cold War in South Asia, Hannover 29 May 2015, Constitutionalism, Religious Freedom and Human Rights: Constitutional Migration and Transjudicialism beyond the North Atlantic
  • The Locus of Sovereign Authority in Nepal, NYU School of Law 01 Jul 2015, ICON•S Conference 2015:
  • Constitutional Nationalism and Religion in India and Nepal, University of Bielefeld 15 Jul 2015, Balancing Religious Accommodation and Human Rights in Constitutional Frameworks:
  • ‘Nepal’s New Federal Arrangements’., Brussels, EU Committee of the Regions 29 Sep 2015, Dealing with Territorial Cleavages in Constitutional Transitions:

Media Appearances (1)

  • Al Jazeera Inside Story: Will a new constitution bring stability to Nepal?, 20 Sep 2015,

Other Activities (1)

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

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