Short CV/Education and training

  • Livia Holden (PhD – School of Oriental and African Studies University of London) leads the European Research Council’s funded project Cultural Expertise in Europe: What is it useful for? (EURO-EXPERT), a spin out project funded by Global Challenges Research Funds, UK Gender Sensitisation for Judicial Education in Pakistan and Indonesia and a small team financed by the Independent Social Research Foundation.

  • She is Director of Research at the Centre of History and Anthropology of Law (CHAD) Paris Nanterre and tenured full professor at the University of Padua (on leave). She regularly provides expert opinions for cases pertaining to immigration law, family law, and criminal law in the United Kingdom, United States and the Netherlands.

  • Prior to Paris Nanterre she has been Senior Research at the University of Oxford and SCR Member and College Advisor at St Antony’s College; Dean of the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty and Professor of Anthropology at the Karakoram International University; Professor of Anthropology at Lahore University of Management Sciences; Lecturer of International Human Rights and Research Fellow at  the Socio-Legal Research Centre at Griffith University; Research Fellow at Freie University; and Visiting Professor at Humboldt University Berlin and INALCO Paris.

  • She has been 2015/16 Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Nantes and 2016 Social Sciences Awardee by the Pakistan Inter-University Consortium for the Promotion of Social Sciences. She holds affiliations with the Center for the Study of Law and Society at the University of California Berkeley and Otago University. 

Selected publications

  • Holden, Livia. Hindu Divorce : A Legal Anthropology. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008.

  • Holden, Livia. Cultural Expertise and Litigation : Patterns, Conflicts, Narratives. Abingdon: Routledge, 2011.

  • Holden, Livia, Cultural Expertise and Socio-Legal Studies, Special issue for Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, (Emerald 2019).

  • Holden, Livia. "Cultural Expertise and Law: An Historical Overview." 38.1 (2020): 29-46.

  • Holden, Livia and Marius Holden, Lady Judges of Pakistan, documentary film, Insights (2013)

Selected projects

  • Independent Social Research Foundation – Flexible Grant for Small Groups – Cultural Expertise in Asia and in Europe, 2021 – 2022

  • European Research Council Grant – Cultural Expertise in Europe: What is it useful for? – EURO-EXPERT, 2016 – 2022

  • Global Challenges Research Funds United Kingdom – Gender Sensitisation for Judicial Education in Pakistan and Indonesia, since 2019

  • Higher Education Commission Pakistan – Independent Social Audit of Gilgit Baltistan Police: A policy- making toolkit, 2015 – 2016

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • American Anthropology Association

  • Law and Society Association

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Married with four children


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