Deval Desai

Deval Desai

Research Associate

Deval Desai is a Research Associate with an interest in justice and the rule of law; security and peacebuilding; the law and policy of extractive industries; the governance agenda in IFIs; and research and knowledge production. His research has focused on fragile states, in particular across West Africa.

Deval Desai works on rule of law and grievance redress, with an emphasis on fragile states and on extractives projects. At the policy level, he has worked with the World Bank for several years, and established the Bank’s global program on conflict and justice. He has also advised the UN High-Level Panel on the post-2015 Agenda on rule of law issues. As a lawyer, he has worked on corporate accountability, including on the case of Kiobel before the US Supreme Court. As an academic researcher, he focuses on the relationship between law, expertise and knowledge production, with a focus on development interventions in fragile states.

He has published widely on these issues, including by Harvard University Press, Oxford University Press, the Journal of Development Studies and the Annual Review of Law and Social Sciences; and has taught on them at Harvard, SOAS and the University of Manchester. He was the inaugural International Visiting Fellow at the Bingham Center for the Rule of Law, and holds an MA from Oxford, an LL.M. from Harvard and is a member of the Bar of England and Wales.