Dr Cynthia Farid

Global Academic Fellow

LL.B (University of Hull, UK)
LL.M (Cornell Law School, USA)
SJD (University of Wisconsin Law School, USA)
Barrister-at-Law N.P. (Gray’s Inn, UK)


Dr. Cynthia Farid is a legal historian and a lawyer with longstanding experience in research, legal practice as well as a range of international development and rule of law programming with INGOs, think tanks, and legal rights organizations. Having completed her bar from the UK and Bangladesh, she graduated with advanced degrees from Cornell Law School (LL.M) and the University of Wisconsin Law School (SJD-Doctor of Juridical Science).

Prior to joining the Hong Kong University as a Global Academic Fellow in 2022, Dr. Farid was practicing as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, and had been working with the Human Rights Forum Bangladesh, a coalition of 20 human rights NGOs, to support its engagement with the United Nations Committee against Torture and the Universal Periodic Review.

Dr. Farid’s research interests include socio-legal history, constitutional and administrative law, law and development (with a focus on South Asia), and knowledge production processes in the Global South. She is also the organizer of two International Research Collaboratives of the Law and Society Association on South Asian Legal Systems and Scholars in the Global South respectively, that have brought together scholars from around the globe to work on collaborative projects.

Dr. Farid has published in a number of international journals and has secured a book contract with Hart Publishers in its “Constitutional Systems of the World” series for a coauthored book titled “The Constitution of Bangladesh: A Contextual Analysis” with an anticipated publication date of 2023. As a Global Academic Fellow, she plans to expand on and publish her doctoral research (titled “Imperial Constitutionalism: Judicial Politics in Colonial India (1861-1935)”) into a book-length monograph.