De Montfort University Leicester

Rajnaara Akhtar 01

Dr Rajnaara received her PhD from the University of Warwick in 2013, where she continued as a part-time lecturer before joining Leicester De Montfort University Law School in February 2016. Her research focussed on Legal pluralism, dispute resolution and Muslim Family Law.

Her current research interests include unregistered marriages in Britain with a focus on normative influences, legal consequences, autonomy and cultural expression. Rajnaara co-hosted in international conference on unregistered Muslim marriages which tool place at Leicester De Montfort University in April 2017. The outputs of this conference are expected to be 2 Special Issue journal publications which are forthcoming for Winter 2017-Spring 2018.

Rajnaara obtained an LLM in Human Rights Law from the University of Nottingham and is also a qualified solicitor, having trained with international law firm Eversheds LLP.

Relevant Publications:

  • R.C. Akhtar, ‘Unregistered Muslim Marriages in the UK; Examining Normative Influences Shaping Choice of Legal Protection’, in M.C. Foblets (et al) (Eds) (2017), Paradoxes of Personal Autonomy, Ashgate Publishing (Forthcoming)
  • R.C. Akhtar, ‘Unregistered Muslim Marriages: An Emerging Culture of Celebrating Rites and Compromising Rights’, in R Probert, J Miles and P Mody (2015) Marriage Rites and Rights, Hart Publishing, Oxford
  • R. C. Akhtar, (2013) ‘Towards Conceptualising User-Friendly Shariah Councils’ Journal of Islamic State Practice in International Law, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 112-135.