Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Bristol

Dr. Devyani Prabhat is a lawyer with legal practice experience in New Delhi, India, (Supreme Court and High Court) and New York, USA, (New York Supreme Court). Her litigation experience is in constitutional law and criminal law practice (rights of women, children, religious and racial minorities). She holds a LL.M (Public Service Laws) and a PhD (Sociology) from New York University as a fully funded scholar for both programmes (Global Public Service Fellowship and MacCracken Fellowship). Currently Dr Prabhat is an ESRC research grant holder for a 3 year project (September 2014 to September 2017) on British Citizenship and the Practice of Nationality laws. Project website: The project focuses on the processes of gaining, holding and losing of citizenship and the role of nationality law practice for long term residents or British citizens.

In the past, Dr Prabhat has carried out qualitative socio-legal studies of the response of lawyers to rights issues raised in national security cases, comparing the present day rights work carried out post 9/11 in the US and UK, as well as rights work previously done by lawyers during the peak of the Northern Irish conflict in the UK and for the Puerto Rican community in the US. Her book on this topic is titled Unleashing the Force of Law: Legal Mobilization, National Security, Basic Freedoms ( Palgrave Macmillan Socio-legal Studies Series).

Dr Prabhat has worked with NGO and other non-profit sectors in the past and has plans to work on research impacts with professional organizations, non-profit bodies, governmental agencies and other stakeholders.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Law, University of Bristol