Aradhana Cherupara Vadekkethil

Lord and Lady McNair Early Career Fellow in Law


Aradhana is the Lord and Lady McNair Early Career Fellow in Law at Somerville College, teaching Criminal Law and Constitutional Law. Her doctoral research, supervised by Professor Laura Hoyano and funded by the Gopal Subramaniam OICSD scholarship, examined how rape adjudication takes place in India.

Prior to taking up doctoral studies, she read on the Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) programme and the MPhil in Law at Oxford as a Cornelia Sorabji Scholar. She also holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from the National Law University, Delhi (India). She was awarded Modern Law Review Scholarship in 2021 and the Mike Redmayne Award for research into Criminal Law and the Law of Evidence (MLR) in 2022. She was recently awarded the 'Best Doctoral Student Prize' at the Society of Legal Scholars’ Annual Conference 2023.

Research Interests

 Criminal Law; Sentencing; Constitutional Law; Comparative Human Rights; Anti-Discrimination Laws; Theory of Intersectionality

Research projects & programmes

Oxford Human Rights Hub