Himani Bhakuni

Thesis title: Clinical Trials, Consent, and Context: The Indian Experience


Education: Ph.D (University of Edinburgh, 2019), Ph.D (Tilburg University, jointly-awarded); LL.M in International Law and Law of International Organisations, Specialisation: Human Rights (University of Groningen, 2014); B.A.L. LL.B (Christ College of Law, Bangalore University, 2012)

Himani completed her PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 2019. Her PhD research focused on the socio-ethico-legal issues surrounding the principle of 'informed consent' within the context of biomedical research in India, particularly clinical trials. Her research employed an interdisciplinary approach which included empirical data collection methods, bioethical guidelines, human rights, comparative law, and legal & moral philosophy.

Before moving to Edinburgh Himani had worked as a lawyer, had completed a judicial clerkship with a High Court Judge in India, and had worked with various human rights institutions and NGO’s. She was the Edinburgh candidate for the European Doctorate in Law and Development (EDOLAD) program (http://www.edolad.eu/). As part of EDOLAD's mobility and knowledge transfer requirements she conducted part of her research at Tilburg University in The Netherlands.

Himani has been lecturing in law and providing research consultancies to international organisations since her graduation from Edinburgh.