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Dhiraj Kumar Mohan Nainani

Dhiraj Nainani completed his LLB and LLM from the London School of Economics and Political Science before joining the University of Hong Kong for his PhD. His thesis looks at the relationship between law and urban space. Specifically, it draws upon both spatial theorists (like Henri Lefebvre and Michel Foucault) and legal scholars (such as Kyle McGee and Hans Lindahl) to map the ‘spatio-legal assemblage’ of Hong Kong’s infamous Chungking Mansions. In doing so, it aims to show how the law is not just embedded in space but also produces and shapes it in many different ways.

Dhiraj is also a keen writer of fiction and is working on both a short story collection and a novel. He hopes to do an MFA in Creative Writing in the near future.

Field of Study: Critical legal theory, legal geography, legal materiality, law and humanities

Thesis Title: Golden Darkness: Law and Space in Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong

Programme of Study: Ph.D. 

Supervisor(s): Dr. DC Matthews and Prof. TS Veitch

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