Surabhi Shukla is currently in the third year of her DPhil (law) studies. Her DPhil engages with arguments from religion and culture in non-freedom of religion, fundamental rights cases in India. Her DPhil will study this phenomenon, its implications, and provide normative answers to the appropriate role of such arguments in the abovementioned category of cases. 

She completed her B.A.LL.B. (Hons.) from the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) in 2011 and her LL.M. from the UCLA School of Law in 2012. She was awarded the Dean's Tuition Fellowship and the Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation Scholarship to attend UCLA. She has worked at the ACLU of Southern California in Los Angeles, the Williams Institute at UCLA, the Supreme Court of India, and taught as an Assistant Professor of Law at the O. P. Jindal Global University, India, before starting her DPhil at Oxford. 

In 2014, she was awarded an IASSCS Emerging Scholars' International Research Fellowship. Through this fellowship, she conducted a study on the experiences on queer students during their school life in India. The study is hosted here: This project has since won the Jack Collins Social Action Bursary of the Oriel College, Oxford, in 2017.  

She is admitted to the Bar in India and New York. She blogs on sexual orientation and gender identity cases in Indian courts, at:



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Constitutional Law, Analytical Legal Philosophy, Law and Sexuality, Tort Law.

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