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Deval Desai

Deval Desai

S.J.D. 2018

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Ignorance/Power: The Performance and Practice of Rule of Law Reform

Fields of Research and Supervisors

  • Law and Governance with Professor David Kennedy, Harvard Law School, Principal Faculty Supervisor
  • Law and Aesthetics with Professor Jeannie Suk, Harvard Law School
  • Rule of Law and Development with Professor Michael Woolcock, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Theatre Studies with Professor Robert Scanlan, Harvard University

Additional Teaching and Research Interests

  • Comparative Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Law and Development
  • Global Governance
  • Expertise
  • Qualitative Methods


  • Harvard Law School, S.J.D., 2018
  • Harvard Law School, LL.M., 2008-2009
  • City University / BPP Law School, UK, PGDipL and PGDipLP (LL.B. equivalent), 2006-2008
  • Trinity College, Oxford, UK, B.A. 2002-2006

Academic Appointments and Fellowships

  • Graduate Institute, Geneva, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, 2017-2020
  • Universidad de los Andes Faculty of Law, Adjunct Professor (Comparative Legal and Institutional Reform), 2017
  • Harvard Law School, Fellow-in-Residence, Institute for Global Law and Policy, 2016-2017,
  • Harvard Law School, Research Fellow, Human Rights Program, 2016-2017
  • Harvard Law School, Byse Fellow, 2016-2017
  • Northeastern University School of Law, Adjunct Professor (Law and Development), 2016
  • Overseas Development Institute, Research Associate, 2015-Present
  • Harvard University, Teaching Fellow – Political Economy After the Crisis, Professors Unger and Woolcock, Spring 2014
  • Bingham Center for the Rule of Law, inaugural International Rule of Law Fellow, 2014
  • Harvard Law School, Program on Negotiation Next Generation Grantee (with R. Tapscott), 2014
  • Harvard Law School, Graduate Program Fellow, LL.M. Writing Workshop, 2013-2014
  • Harvard Law School, Teaching Assistant – Justice and Morality in the Plays of Shakespeare, Professor Stone, Fall 2012
  • University of Manchester, Honorary Research Fellow, School of Environment and Development, 2011-2014
  • School of Oriental and African Studies, Research Associate, Faculty of Law, 2011-2014
  • Fulbright Fellowship, 2008-2009 (waived)
  • Inner Temple, 2007-2009, Major Scholar

Representative Republications

Additional Information

  • Languages: English, French
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
  • Member of the Bar of England and Wales

Last Updated: October 12, 2017