SOAS University of London

School of Law

Amber Lakhani

LLB (HONS), University of London; LLM, University College London
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Amber Lakhani
Amber Lakhani
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Thesis title:
Law, politics and legal theory - A historical and socio-political exploration of the right to liberty in Pakistan
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Amber Lakhani has practised law for twelve years in Karachi, Pakistan, in a broad range of areas including constitutional law and civil rights. She obtained her LLB (Hons) Degree from the University of London (External Programme) and her LLM (in Jurisprudence and Legal Theory) from University College London. Amber has served as a consultant to the Attorney General of Pakistan, and is a founding/board member of the Women Lawyers Association, based in Sindh.

PhD Research

I intend to explore institutional legal consciousness and legal culture within the police and judiciary in Sindh, Pakistan. I plan to conduct empirical research to examine the political and socio-economic factors underpinning such institutional legal culture; and the extent to which they shape official behaviour and decision-making particularly in relation to arrest and detention practices and due process issues. My broader goal is to examine the relationship between legal norms, institutional relationships and political interests, as well as their impact on the realization of constitutional guarantees of due process and liberty.


Legal philosophy, Socio-legal studies, Legal anthropology, Law and politics