Kishan Manocha, Research Fellow
Kishan Manocha served until recently as the Director of the Office of Public Affairs of the Bahá’í community of the UK, in which capacity he coordinated and led high level advocacy efforts focused on freedom of religion or belief and minority rights in Iran. He has also been a consultant to a number of human rights and policy organisations and think tanks working to promote and protect the rights of religious minorities in South Asia.
Dr Manocha has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a degree in medicine from the University of London as well as a postgraduate qualification in psychiatry, and has been a Clinical Research Fellow in Forensic Psychiatry at St George’s Medical School, London. He subsequently gained a Master of Arts (MA) in Law and a Masters in Law (LLM) from the University of Cambridge before being called to the Bar.
A psychiatrist and barrister by training, Dr Manocha has also been a Research Associate at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at Cambridge University, a Visiting Research Fellow at the Carr Centre for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University, and a Fellow of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, and has lectured in constitutional law, international human rights law and public international law at Birkbeck College, London, the University of East London, and the School of International Law in Islamabad, Pakistan. He is active in inter faith work at the national, regional and local levels in the UK and is currently Chair of the British Chapter of the International Association for Religious Freedom.