University of Birmingham

Zainab completed her LLB in Law and French at Coventry University, her LLM (General) at the University of Birmingham Law School in 2013 and remained at Birmingham as an ESRC DTC Doctoral Research Student. During her undergraduate studies, she was the recipient of the Coventry Law School Prize for three consecutive years as well as the Oxford University Press Prize.

Her research interests are in family law and socio-legal theory with a particular focus on legal responses towards relationships and marriages in the UK. Zainab’s doctoral research seeks to examine the viability of incorporating polygamy into the United Kingdom’s legal definition of marriage from a feminist perspective. The research will be undertaken through an examination of English case law pertaining to polygamy. The project also involves a qualitative study of women’s experiences of and attitudes towards unregistered polygamous and monogamous marriages.

Relevant Publications

  • Zainab Batul Naqvi, ‘A Contextualised Historical Account of Changing Judicial Attitudes to Polygamous Marriage in the English Courts’ (2017) IJLC 1.