Dr. Gayatri Patel

Aston Law

Gayatri joined Aston University as a Lecturer in Law in September 2014. She is the Programme Director for the Law and Law with Management programmes at Aston Law School. She currently teaches, and convenes, the modules of International Human Rights Law and Legal Skills and System on the undergraduate programme. 

Gayatri convenes a number of outreach projects, which include: the St Philips Chambers Conference; Access to Professions Conference; Aston Law School Masterclasses, as well as being involved in a number of student recruitment activities throughout the year.

Gayatri also sits on the University Disciplinary Panel and the Aston Business School, Ethics Committee. She also holds the position of an external examiner for LLB and LLM programmes at two universities.  

Prior to joining Aston University, she worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Leicester, where she taught Land Law on the LL.B programme for a number of years. During this time, she was also a research assistant for two editions of R. Sexton and B. Bogusz, Complete: Land Law, Cases and Materials (OUP, 2011 & 2013). Prior to this, Gayatri was a Teacher in Law at an Independent Sixth Form Grammar School.

Position: Lecturer in Law
Phone: +44(0)121 204 3633
Email: g.patel4@aston.ac.uk

  • Ph.D, University of Leicester (2015) awarded by Professor Dominic McGoldrick and Professor Katja Ziegler with only typographical corrections. 
  • LL.M International Human Rights Law, University of Leicester (2010), Distinction 
  • LL.B Law, University of Leicester (2009), First Class Honours. 
  • Lecturer in Law, Aston Business School, Aston University (September 2014 - present)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Leicester (October 2010- June 2014)
    • Land Law 
    • LL.M Human Rights (Postgraduate Taught)
  • Teacher in Law, Independent Sixth Form Grammar School (August 2009 – October 2010)
    (i)GCSE Law, (ii) Advanced Subsidiary Level Law, (iii) Advanced Level Law and (iv) EFL Summer School
Teaching Awards: 
  • Aston Academic Awards 2015
    Nominated for: Most Influential Academic; Most Supportive Academic; Most Engaging Academic Awarded for: Most Influential Academic
  • Aston Academic Awards 2016
    Nominated for: Best Personal Tutor; Most Supportive Academic; Most Motivational Academic. Awarded for: Best Personal Tutor; Most Supportive Academic; 50th Aston Anniversary Award for enhancing student experience. 

Gayatri's primary research interests lie in the areas of implementation and monitoring of international human rights at the United Nations, with a focus on: women's rights, children's rights and LGBTI rights. Currently, her research focuses on examining the workings of the United Nations' Universal Periodic Review process. 

Gayatri welcomes PhD proposals in her areas of research.

  • SLSA £500
  • PhD Scholarship
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy (2016 - Present) 
  • Member, Society of Legal Scholars. (2014 - Present) 
  • Member, Society of Socio-Legal Studies Association. (2014 - Present) 
  • Member, Sustainability in Higher Education Developers. (2014 - Present) 
  • Member, The Association of Law Teachers. (2014 – Present)
  • Gayatri Patel, Women and International Human Rights Law: Universal Periodic Review in Practice (Routledge, 2018) 
  • Gayatri Patel, ‘Smokes and Mirrors at the United Nations’ Universal Periodic Review (2017) International Journal of Human Rights and Healthcare, Forthcoming. 
  • Gayatri Patel, ‘Polygamy in Discussions at the Universal Periodic Review’ (Human Rights Review) Forthcoming Spring 2017. 
  • Gayatri Patel, ‘How ‘Universal is the United Nations’ Universal Periodic Review? An Examination of the Discussions held on Female Genital Mutilation in the First Cycle of Review (2017) 12 Intercultural Human Rights Law Review 187 – 226.
  • Gayatri Patel, ‘Human Rights and Universal Periodic Review Process (2016) Human Rights Review 405.