Almas Shaikh

DPhil Law

Other affiliations

Criminal Law Discussion Group Oxford Human Rights Hub Oxford Law Faculty Decolonising the Law Discussion Group


Almas is a human rights lawyer from India, currently reading as a DPhil candidate at the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford. She has been awarded the LMH Postgraduate Scholarship, the Barbara Mills Graduate Scholarship in Law, the Alpa Visiting Scholarship and the SERA-LSA Grant.

Her research focuses on the role of intersectionality in affirmative action within Indian constitutional law to expand access to education and employment, under the supervision of Professor Sandra Fredman. She completed her LLM. in International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva; and her undergraduate degree in BA. LLB (Hons.) from the National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi. Almas possesses Bar Council Qualification to practice in India and has worked in dispute resolution.

Nationally, she has worked with Centre for Law and Policy Research, where she gained experience as a litigation lawyer in High Courts and Supreme Courts, on issues of trans rights, caste matters and constitutional law. Additionally, she has been involved in grassroots level and high-level advocacy on legislations of human interest and its implementation. Internationally, she has worked with the UNITAR, UN International Law Commission, and DCAF - a Security Sector Organisation in Geneva. Her research includes constitutional law, anti-discrimination laws, intersectionality, gender laws and human rights.

She currently serves as the Communications Director at the Oxford Human Rights Hub. She also convenes the Decolonising the Law Discussion Group and the Criminal Law Discussion Group at the Faculty of Law.

Research Interests

  • Theory of Intersectionality
  • Anti-discrimination Laws
  • Constitutional Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Public International Law
  • Feminist Legal Theory
  • Critical Race Theory