Anjali Rawat is a DPhil Candidate at the Faculty of Law under the supervision of Dr Rachel Taylor and Professor Sandra Fredman. Her DPhil research focuses on evaluating the legality of polygyny using the rights-based framework of equality and liberty in a comparative study of India and South Africa. It aims to assess the standards presently in use and that ought to be used in assessing the conflicting claims of gender equality and liberty in matters arising from claims made by parties in polygynous relationships. She is an Ambriti Salve Scholar at Exeter College, University of Oxford, a scholarship instituted by Harish Salve QC, a leading arbitration counsel.
Anjali completed her undergraduate degree-B.A. LL.B (Hons) from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad in 2015 and masters degrees- BCL in 2020 and MPhil in 2021 from University of Oxford. Prior to joining Oxford, Anjali worked as the Law Clerk-cum-Research Assistant to Justice L Nageswara Rao, Supreme Court of India for a year and worked as a corporate counsel at ICICI Bank, Hyderabad for three years between 2015-18. Her research interests lie in understanding the claims for women’s equality within the family by grounding it in human rights and equality law, family law, and feminist constitutional theory.