Graduate Teaching Assistant
- Ms Margaret O'Brien
- Email address:
- Paul Webley Wing (Senate House)
- Office No:
- Academic Support Hours:
- Thursday 12.00 - 13.00
- Thesis title:
- Law, power and land in the Chittagong Hill Tracts - An analysis of the emancipatory potential of the human rights system in the customary legal system of the Jumma people of Bangladesh
- Year of Study:
I’ve joined SOAS for a change of direction, after an earlier career in British local government and management consultancy. My interest in Bangladesh developed while on a Voluntary Service Overseas placement as Management Advisor to the Raja of Khagrachari in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.
My research project considers the possibilities generated by human rights norms as ‘enabling’ and, constraining’ forces insofar as the life conditions of the indigenous communities of the Hill Tracts are concerned. These communities have emerged from a prolonged period of oppression, only to encounter state indifference and continued economic marginalisation. They have, however, also become active participants in the global indigenous peoples social movement. I wish to explore how the social and political change of the last decade has changed attitudes to and experiences of law for the subaltern communities of the Hill Tracts.