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Dr Mara Malagodi

Senior Lecturer in Law

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Mara is a Senior Lecturer in Law; she joined the City Law School in September 2015. She convenes the LLM course in Comparative Constitutional Law and the LLB course in Law and Film, and teaches on the core module in Constitutional and Administrative Law on the LLB. She has also taught Legal Method on the LLB; Constitutional and 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 and Society in South Asia; Law and Development; Cultural Studies Theories in Asia, Africa and the Middle East; South Asian Culture; and Society, Culture and 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 non practising barrister. She is a scholar of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, which awarded her the Quatercentenary Scholarship and Blackstone Entrance Exhibition for her training at the Bar of England and Wales. She was called to the Bar in 2016.

Mara serves on the Executive Committee of the UK Constitutional Law Association, and is a life member of the Britain-Nepal Academic Council, where she served on the Executive Committee until 2015. She is also a member of the Bar Human Rights Committee.

Mara is the co-director of the award-winning short documentary film ‘Walking through Havana’ (2014). Her short film won the award for Best Short Doc at the 2015 Raindance Film Festival, and was nominated for Best Student Doc at the 2015 Sheffield International Documentary Festival and for Best Short Doc at the 2015 Shuffle Film Festival.

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 and 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. In 2014 she attended the UCL Documentary Film Summer School at the Escuela de Cine y TV in Cuba.

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 United Nations agencies, and has been teaching at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Diplomatic Academy.


  1. PhD, School of Oriental and African Studies, United Kingdom
  2. MA in South Asia Area Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, United Kingdom
  3. BA (Hons) in Nepali & Politics, School of Oriental and African Studies, United Kingdom
  4. Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), City, University of London, United Kingdom
  5. Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), College of Law, United Kingdom
  6. BA in International Relations and Diplomacy, University of Trieste, Italy


  1. Senior Lecturer in Law, City, University of London, Sep 2015 – present
  2. British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science, Jan 2012 – Jan 2015
  3. Senior Teaching Fellow, School of Oriental and African Studies, 2008 – 2012

Memberships of committees

  1. Member of Executive Committee, UK Constitutional Law Association (UKCLA)



  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 (10)

  1. Malagodi, M. (2019). Constitutional History and Constitutional Migration: Nepal. In Law, D. (Ed.), Constitutionalism in Context Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  2. Malagodi, M. (2019). Nepal. In Law, D., Schwartz, A. and Lau, H. (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Constitutional Law in Asia Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  3. Malagodi, M. (2019). Godot Has Arrived! – Federal Restructuring in Nepal. In Anderson, G. and Choudhry, S. (Eds.), Territory and Power in Constitutional Transitions Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  4. Malagodi, M. (2018). Constituent Assembly failure in Pakistan and Nepal. In Elster, J., Gargarella, R., Naresh, V. and Rasch, B.E. (Eds.), Constituent Assemblies (pp. 79–108). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-108-42752-4.
  5. Malagodi, (2016). Constitution Drafting as Cold War Realpolitik: Sir Ivor Jennings and Nepal’s 1959 Constitution. In Kumarasingham, H. (Ed.), Constitution Making in Asia Decolonisation and State-building in the Aftermath of the British Empire (pp. 154–172). ISBN 978-0-415-73458-5.
  6. 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.
  7. Malagodi, M. (2014). Striking Balance between Accountability and Independence of the Judiciary in Nepal. In Edrisinha, R. and Karki, B. (Eds.), Participatory Constitution-Making in Nepal (pp. 291–304). Kathmandu: UNDP Nepal.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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). Cow Protection, Hindu Revivalism, and Constitutional Politics in India and Nepal. Ballots & Bullets | Blog of the School of Politics & International Relations, University of Nottingham.
  2. Malagodi, (2015). Nepal's Constitutional Crisis. Journal of Indian Law and Society Blog.
  3. Malagodi, (2014). The saga of Nepal’s embattled constitutional politics continues. LSE South Asia Blog.
  4. Malagodi, (2013). #NepalCounts: A Post-Mortem of the CA2 Elections.
  5. Malagodi, (2013). Nepal at the polls. LSE South Asia Blog.
  6. Malagodi, (2013). Constitutionalism, state restructuring and identity politics in Nepal. LSE South Asia Blog.
  7. Malagodi, (2011). Nepal’s difficult constitutional transition. OpenDemocracy.

Journal articles (11)

  1. Malagodi, M. (2019). Dominion status and the origins of authoritarian constitutionalism in Pakistan. International Journal of Constitutional Law, 17(4), pp. 1235–1257. doi:10.1093/icon/moz080.
  2. Malagodi, M., McDonagh, L. and Poole, T. (2019). New Dominion constitutionalism at the twilight of the British Empire: An introduction. International Journal of Constitutional Law, 17(4), pp. 1166–1172. doi:10.1093/icon/moz082.
  3. Malagodi, M., McDonagh, L. and Poole, T. (2019). The Dominion model of transitional constitutionalism. International Journal of Constitutional Law, 17(4), pp. 1283–1300. doi:10.1093/icon/moz083.
  4. Malagodi, M. (2018). The Rejection of Constitutional Incrementalism in Nepal's Federalisation. Federal Law Review, 46(4), pp. 521–540. doi:10.1177/0067205x1804600403.
  5. Malagodi, M. (2018). Challenges and Opportunities of Gender Equality Litigation in Nepal. International Journal of Constitutional Law, 16(2), pp. 527–551.

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  6. 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.
  7. Malagodi, M. (2014). ‘The Oriental Jennings’: An Archival Investigation into Sir Ivor Jennings' Constitutional Legacy in South Asia. Legal Information Management, 14(1), pp. 33–37. doi:10.1017/s1472669614000103.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Malagodi, M. (2010). Minority Rights and Constitutional Borrowings in the Drafting of Nepal’s 1990 Constitution. European Bulletin of Himalayan Research, 37, pp. 56–81.

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  11. 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.

Reports (3)

  1. Malagodi, M. (2018). BTI 2018 – Nepal Country Report. Bertelsmann Stiftung.
  2. Malagodi, M. (2013). Nepal History. London: Routledge.
  3. Malagodi, M. (2010). The Cost of Reconciliation: Impunity and Accountability in Post-Conflict Nepal..


  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?