Mahaa Elahi


Whilst studying Law at the University of Cambridge and completing the Bar Professional Training Course, I discovered my interests lie in criminal law and human rights.

I developed a practical understanding of criminal justice whilst working at the Howard League for Penal Reform and for a Member of Parliament in London. My undergraduate dissertation at Cambridge was entitled β€˜Is the criminal justice system institutionally Islamophobic?’, demonstrating my academic interest in the impact of criminal justice policies on the Muslim community in Britain. I have since published an article in a peer-reviewed journal, the City Law Review, on the same topic. I have also published a case-note on the lawfulness of the use of stop and search powers at border crossings, which was published by Justice.

This MPhil will allow me to cultivate an understanding of the legal, criminological and sociological issues surrounding criminal justice, which will aid me in becoming a successful barrister.



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