Sanya Samtani, currently a Research Assistant at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights and Research Associate at the Oxford Human Rights Hub, completed her BCL (2016) and is a DPhil (in law) candidate. Her research on ‘The Right of Access to Educational Materials’ articulates students’ right of access to educational materials, and lies at the intersection of the right to education and copyright exceptions in international law, as well as case studies in India and South Africa. She completed her undergraduate law degree at National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR), in Hyderabad, India (2010-2015), and was recognised as the best all round female student in the batch of 2015.

Sanya received the Apgar Prize 2018 from Magdalen College and the 2017 Samuel Pisar Traveling Fellowship from the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, to enable her to take up an appointment as a foreign law clerk to Justice Mhlantla at the South African Constitutional Court between July-December 2018. In the course of her time in South Africa, her photographs, on the theme of decolonising knowledge, were exhibited at Wikimania 2018, Cape Town.

At Oxford, she has conducted tutorials as a part of her role as Graduate Teaching Assistant for FHS Undergraduates in Public International Law in 2017-2018. She also runs the Mooting at Law Programme, over 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 as Mooting Co-ordinator. Her interest in oral advocacy and moot courts led her to be appointed as Assistant Moot Co-ordinator for the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition in 2017-2018 and 2018-2019. 

She has also served Admissions Assistant for Magdalen College and University College over the past two years. 



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Public International Law, International Human Rights Law, Constitutional Law, Critical Theory, Intellectual Property Law

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