Prashant Sabharwal (P.)
Prashant Sabharwal is a PhD Researcher specializing in Comparative and European Constitutional Law (within the Public Law Department), who is currently part of the Montesquieu Institute in Maastricht.
- Constitutional Law
- Comparative Constitutional Law
- European Union Law
- UK Constitutional Law
Prashant's research is primarily focused on the area of European and Comparative Constitutional Law. Currently, within the framework of his doctoral dissertation, he is exploring the challenges posed to the primacy of European Union Law by various national constitutional and administrative courts over the 2005-2015 period.
Further, Prashant's research interests include the developments concerning the proposed withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union ("Brexit"), as well as the constitutional implications of the Trump Administration.
Professional career history
After graduating with a LLB from the University of Leicester, Prashant read for the English Bar and passed the examinations at the Inns of Court School of Law (today: City Law School) in London in 2008 and was called to the Bar of England & Wales in July 2008.
He later rounded off his legal education with a LLM in European Law from Leiden University - his LLM final thesis, supervised by Dr Armin Cuyvers, was titled "By the People: The European Union Act 2011 and its role as a plebiscitary counterweight within the European Union's constitutional framework" and examined the potential of referendums to alleviate the democratic deficit in the European Union. In addition, Prashant also holds a Magister Artium (M.A.) degree in American Studies, English Literature and Political Science, with the final MA thesis titled "Camelot Revisited? The Construction and Perception of Public Images during the Kennedy and Clinton Administrations".
Besides his academic work, Prashant has also worked internationally, with stints including a stage at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg; working as a law clerk to Sir Adrian Fulford, the United Kingdom judge at the International Criminal Court (during the court's first war crimes trial, Prosecutor v Thomas Lubanga Dyilo) and handling intellectual property assignments for clients abroad. In addition, Prashant has been comprehensively involved with a range of mooting competitions on both a university and national level in the United Kingdom.
Prashant is a native speaker of English, German and Hindi, whilst having a fluent command of French (at C1 level) and a basic understanding of both Dutch and Spanish.