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Dr Mara Malagodi

BA (London), BA (Trieste), MA, PhD (London)
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Mara Malagodi
SOAS South Asia Institute

Research Associate

Dr Mara Malagodi
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Dr Mara Malagodi is British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Law Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Mara’s project (2012-15) investigates patterns of exclusion of Nepal’s ethnolinguistic, religious and regional groups, dalits, women and LGBTs in the constitutional arena following the re-democratisation of 1990 by mapping Supreme Court’s decisions interpreting the Right to Equality. She now retains her affiliation to SOAS through the Centre of South Asian Studies and the South Asia Department.

Mara holds her Doctorate (2009), MA in South Asian Studies and BA in Nepali & Politics from SOAS, her Laurea Degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Trieste, and GDL from the College of Law. She is now completing her qualification as a Barrister and is a member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, which has been supporting her legal training through the Blackstone Entrance Exhibition (2010) and BPTC Quatercentenary Scholarship (2011). Mara taught at SOAS between 2007 and 2012 on a number of courses: ‘Law and Society in South Asia’, ‘Cultural Studies Theories and the Study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East’, ‘Society, Culture and Politics in Nepal’, ‘Contemporary South Asia’, ‘South Asian Culture’, ‘Culture and Conflict in the Himalayas’, ‘Law and Development’, and ‘Law and Governance’.


Authored Books

Malagodi, Mara (2013) Constitutional Nationalism and Legal Exclusion - Equality, Identity Politics and Democracy in Nepal (1990-2007). Delhi: Oxford University Press.


Rasarantnam, Madurika and Malagodi, Mara (2012) 'Eyes wide shut: persistent conflict and liberal peace-building in Nepal and Sri Lanka'. Conflict, Security and Development, (12) 3, pp 299-327.

Malagodi, Mara (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.

Malagodi, Mara (2010) 'The Cost of Reconciliation - Impunity and Accountability in Post-Conflict Nepal'. Law & Society Trust Review, (21) 275-27, pp 35-47.

Malagodi, Mara (2010) 'Minority Rights and Constitutional Borrowings in the Drafting of Nepal's 1990 Constitution'. European Bulletin of Himalayan Research, (37), pp 56-81.

Malagodi, Mara (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.

Book Chapters

Malagodi, Mara (2013) 'Constitutional Developments in a Himalayan Kingdom: The Experience of Nepal'. In: Khilnani, Sunil and Raghavan, Vikram and Thiruvengadam, Arun K., (eds.), Comparative Constitutionalism in South Asia. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.

Malagodi, Mara (2012) 'Constitutional Change and the Quest for Legal Inclusion in Nepal'. In: Harvey, Colin and Schwartz, Alexander, (eds.), Rights in Divided Societies. London: Hart Publishing, pp 169-195.

Book Reviews

Malagodi, Mara (2009) 'Review of Ali Riaz and Subho Basu, 'Paradise Lost? State Failure in Nepal' (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2007)'. South Asia Research, (29) 1, pp 78-80.

Malagodi, Mara (2005) 'Book review of Michael J. Hutt (ed.), 'Himalayan People’s War. Nepal’s Maoist Rebellion' (London: Hurst, 2004)'. South Asia Research, (25) 1, pp 116-117.


Malagodi, Mara (2011) 'Nepal’s Difficult Constitutional Transition'


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