Dr Sanya Samtani completed her DPhil in law at the University of Oxford in 2021 and her BCL in 2016, funded by the Rhodes Trust. 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 was based at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights for majority of her research as a Research Assistant and a Graduate Research Resident. 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 for FHS Undergraduates as a part of her role as Graduate Teaching Assistant in Public International Law in 2017-2018, and in Copyright Law in 2019-20. She also ran the Mooting at Law Programme, over 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 as Graduate Mooting Co-ordinator. She has also served as Admissions Assistant for Magdalen College and University College.
At present, Sanya is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pretoria with the South African Chair in International and Constitutional Law and member of the International Law Commission, Prof. Dire Tladi. She is also a visiting faculty member at NALSAR University of Law and is currently teaching a module titled 'Access to Knowledge, Intellectual Property, and Human Rights'. Sanya retains her association with the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights as one of the Consultants for the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition from 2017-present.