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Zainab completed her LL.B (Law and French) at Coventry University in 2012, her LL.M (General) at the University of Birmingham Law School in 2013 and remained at Birmingham as an ESRC DTC Doctoral Researcher. She was appointed as a Lecturer in Law at Coventry University in 2017.

Her research interests include: family law; legal responses to intimate relationships and ethnic minority practices; gender and law; critical race, intersectional and postcolonial feminist perspectives on the law; legal pluralism.

Zainab’s doctoral research sought to examine the desirability of incorporating polygamy into the United Kingdom’s legal definition of marriage from a feminist perspective. The research was undertaken through a critical examination of the existing English legal framework. The project also involved a qualitative study of women’s experiences of and attitudes towards polygamous and monogamous marriages in the UK.

Education/Academic qualification

Law, Doctorate, University of Birmingham


LLM Law (General) with Distinction, Degree, University of Birmingham

LLB Law and French (Hons.) Class I, Degree, Coventry University

External positions

Visiting Lecturer, University of Birmingham


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Research Output 2013 2019

Back at the kitchen table: Reflections on decolonising and internationalising with the Global South socio-legal writing workshops

Naqvi, Z., Fletcher, R., Ashiagbor, D., Cruz, K. & Russell, Y., 15 Jul 2019, In : Feminist Legal Studies. 27, 2, p. 123-137 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial


Critical Perspectives on Trafficked Persons in Canada and the US: Survivors or Perpetrators?

Naqvi, Z., 24 Jul 2019, In : Feminist Legal Studies. (In-press), p. (In-press) 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

women's university
book review
human being

If universities value overseas students, they must stop marginalising them

Naqvi, Z., 18 Sep 2019, The Guardian.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Open Access
case law
discourse analysis

Activities 2013 2019

Coventry University Inclusivity in Research Project

Zainab Naqvi (Contributor)
Mar 2019 → …

Activity: Other

PhD Progress Review Panel

Zainab Naqvi (Examiner)
9 May 2019

Activity: Examination

Decolonising the Library Initiative (Event)

Zainab Naqvi (Steering Committee Member)
Feb 2019 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership of board

Decolonisation @ CU Network Launch Colloquium

Zainab Naqvi (Speaker)
31 Jul 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


Academic Achievement Scholarship

Zainab Naqvi (Recipient), 2009

Prize: Other distinction

Academic Achievement Scholarship

Zainab Naqvi (Recipient), 2010

Prize: Other distinction

Academic Achievement Scholarship

Zainab Naqvi (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Other distinction

Alan Newsome Work Experience Prize

Zainab Naqvi (Recipient), 2010

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Coventry University Law School Prize

Zainab Naqvi (Recipient), 2009

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Press / Media

Comment on BBC Documentary 'Philip and his Seven Wives'

Zainab Naqvi


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment