Dr Paresh Kathrani
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I finished my Bachelor and Masters of Laws degrees in London, during which I was also selected to participate in a Criminal Justice Exchange Programme at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, USA. I completed the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) in London and in a non-practicing capacity, assisted asylum seekers with their human rights and protection claims for several years. I defended my PhD - the title of my thesis is: 'International Refugee Law and Legal Theory: Developing a New Global Ethic for the Contemporary Protection of Refugees.' I have held a number of research related positions, including Co-National Coordinator on the University of Michigan Law School Refugee Case Law Site and Refugee Law Engagement Coordinator at the Refugee Law Initiative (RLI), School of Advanced Studies, University of London. I have undertaken consultancy work for organisations such as the Vulnerable Persons Working Party of the International Association of Refugee Law Judges (IARLJ), during which I contributed to the 'Draft Guidelines On Procedures With Respect To Vulnerable Persons'. I am Project Manager on a three year, EU-Tempus funded project examining a rights-based approach to higher education in the Maghreb (‘Abdem’ ‘Approche basée sur les droits dans l’enseignement supérieur au Maghreb’) and have published and presented conference papers in my fields of research, both in the UK and abroad. I have been lecturing since 2003 and am an affiliate of the Faculty of Law, Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, Lithuania. I am also a member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn and Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies Network.
I specialise in Human Rights Law, Refugee and Trafficking Law, Criminal Law, and Public, Constitutional and Administrative Law, and have taught at undergraduate, postgraduate and vocational levels. I have also contributed to a number of short course programmes. I was a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Kingston Law School, Kingston University, for five years, during which I was the Module Leader for the International Protection of Human Rights and Themes of International Law modules, as well as a Tutor in Public Law and Criminal Law. I taught on the MA Human Rights programme at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Kingston University, taking a session in 'Achieving Human Rights, Theories and Strategies for Change: People with Knowledge'. I was a Visiting Lecturer in Law at the Department of Law, Governance and International Relations, London Metropolitan University, where I tutored in Criminal Law and have also delivered Criminal Law lectures at the University of Essex, School of Law. I have been at Westminster Law School since 2008 and am Module Leader of Criminal Law on the LLB (Hons) degree and also a Lecturer on the UN System for the Protection of Human Rights, where I deliver sessions on Refugee Law and Trafficking. I have presented guest lectures and participated in human rights’ summer school programmes at the Faculty of Law, Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, Lithuania, and co-organised a short course at Westminster Law School, ‘Beyond Law: The UN Mechanisms for the Protection of Human Rights’. I am also a PhD Coordinator at Westminster Law School.
I am the Westminster Law School Project Manager for a European Union funded project looking at a rights-based approach (RBA) to higher education in North Africa (‘Abdem’ - ‘Approche basée sur les droits dans l’enseignement supérieur au Maghreb’; ‘Rights-based approach to higher education in the Maghreb’). This project has a consortium of partners across Spain, Italy, Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia and the consortium is currently developing training programmes for university lecturers to enable them to embed a RBA in their courses. Apart from this, I have research interests in the law, ontology and existentialism. Two of my current projects, for example, consider how existential understandings of freedom can be used to expound the ethical predicaments that individual subjects encounter in legal confrontations; and the extent to which individual abstract art can be used as an instrument to augment the teaching and learning of law in combination with traditional learning and teaching techniques. I am a member of the International Law at Westminster and Westminster Law and Theory Lab groups at Westminster Law School, and more widely, at the University, the Translaborate group exploring the confluence of translation and collaboration, and the Serious Games Group with which I have developed a computer game for teaching criminal law and continue to explore games. As part of a consortium, I have obtained funding from the EU for the Abdem project mentioned above, as well as, together with a colleague, HEIF Funding for a Short Course on UN human rights delivered in September 2013. I have received funding from chambers and a law firm to sponsor essay writing competitions, and have obtained work placements for my students as well.
As part of my role as the Refugee Law Engagement Coordinator at the Refugee Law Initiative (RLI), School of Advanced Studies, University of London, in 2011/12, I chaired the joint RLI and Refugee Council Seminar Series on 'New Challenges in Refugee Integration' and presented as part of a panel on refugee integration at Portcullis House, London. I have collaborated with a number of colleagues in my areas of research, including: Professor Luc Bovens of the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, London School of Economics, on Harmonisation and the Common EU Asylum Policy; Professor Richard Ennals of Kingston Business School, Kingston University, on Globalisation and the Enforcement of Human Rights; and Dr Linas Baublys and the Mykolas Romeris University on a textbook on legal theory, as well as its summer school programme in international human rights law. I have provided input to Edexcel on its GCE Specification in Global Perspectives and have also conducted consultancy work for the Vulnerable Persons Working Party of the International Association of Refugee Law Judges (IARLJ), where I worked on the trafficking aspect of their draft guidelines.
I am currently a PhD supervisor and am very happy to receive informal enquiries for PhD supervision in any of my fields of research and teaching.