Dr Mala Sharma

PhD Student

Academic and research departments

School of Law, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.


Mala Sharma is a PhD Candidate and a recipient of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Scholarship at the School of Law, University of Surrey and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is also the recipient of the P.K. Das Memorial Gold Medal for being the best outgoing student in the Master’s in Business Law programme from National Law School, Bangalore. Mala holds an LL.M from the London School of Economics and completed her undergraduate law degree from Bangalore University, India. Prior to embarking on her PhD, she worked in law firms in UK and India and taught at law schools in the Indian States of Assam and Gujarat.


Research interests




M. Sharma (2020, forthcoming) "Arbitration Institutes as System Builders" (TDM, ISSN 1875-4120) March 2020,https://www.transnational-dispute-management.com/journal-advance-publication-article.asp?key=1811#citation

Mala Sharma, "A Fair Alternative to Unfair Arbitration: Proposing an Ombudsman Scheme for Consumer Dispute Resolution in the USA", Journal of the International Ombudsman Association (March 2020) available at https://ioa.memberclicks.net/assets/docs/JIOA_Articles/JIOA_2019-F.pdf

India’s Approach to China’s Belt and Road Initiative – Opportunities and Concerns, The Chinese Journal of Global Governance 5 (2019) 136–152, available at https://brill.com/view/journals/cjgg/5/2/article-p136_3.xml?language=en

Effective Interpretation of Defective Arbitration Clauses: An International Approach, Indian Council of Arbitration (ICA) Arbitration Quarterly [43(3) Oct-Dec 2008] Page 12, available at  http://www.icaindia.co.in/icanet/quaterlynov-2008.pdf