Sameer Rashid Bhat

Co-Chairperson

 

Sameer Rashid Bhat is a DPhil candidate in Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. His doctoral research, supported by the Rhodes Scholarship and the Clarendon Fund Scholarship, focuses on counterinsurgency policies and international law and is supervised by Prof. Dapo Akande and Dr. Maya Tudor.

 

Before his DPhil, Sameer read for the MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy (2019-20) at the Department of International Development, University of Oxford and for the Master of Public Policy (MPP) at Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government on the Rhodes Scholarship. Prior to Oxford, he obtained an undergraduate degree in law from Gujarat National Law University, India and is qualified to practice law in India.

 


 

Vandita Khanna

Co-Chairperson

 

Vandita Khanna is an MPhil in Law candidate at the University of Oxford. Her MPhil research studies the law of indirect discrimination, with a focus on India, and is supervised by Dr Shreya Atrey. She is the Cornelia Sorabji Scholar at the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development, Somerville College. Prior to the MPhil, Vandita read for the Bachelor of Civil Law (with distinction) as the Indira Gandhi Scholar at Oxford and graduated with a B.A., LL.B. (Hons) from Jindal Global Law School, India. Her research interests lie in comparative discrimination law, human rights law, and feminist legal theory.

 


 

Gayathree Devi Kalliyat Thazhathuveetil

Research Officer

 

Gayathree Devi KT is a DPhil student in public international law at the Oxford Law Faculty. She has been a member of OPBP since 2018, having also served as Co-Chairperson in 2020-21. In her time, she coordinated projects on gender equality in trade unions, child rights in immigration detention proceedings, the right of peaceful assembly in the UK, and the right to vote in independence referenda. Gayathree takes keen interest in public international law and human rights law, and currently co-convenes the Oxford Transitional Justice Research Group.

 


 

Swapnil Tripathi

Research Officer

 

Swapnil Tripathi is a graduate student pursuing the Bachelor of Civil Law at the University of Oxford. Prior to Oxford, Swapnil was working as a lawyer/advocate in India wherein he appeared before the Supreme Court and the Delhi High Court. He pursued his undergraduate studies at the National Law University, Jodhpur (India) and graduated as the Best All Round Student. He takes a keen interest in constitutional law. He runs a blog titled “The Basic Structure” wherein he breaks down provisions of the Indian Constitution and discusses recent developments for a common man’s understanding. 

 


 

Rupavardhini Balakrishnan raju (Rupa)

Research Officer

 

Rupavardhini is a DPhil candidate at the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on constitutional theory, collective identity, nationalism, and the judicialization of politics. Her broad research interests lie in the intersection of law and politics, gender, and democracy. Prior to beginning her DPhil, Rupavardhini was a civil servant in the Government of India, and served as the Director of the National Academy of Audit and Accounts, India. She holds a Bachelor of Laws from the National University of Juridical Sciences and an LL.M from Harvard University where she was a Fulbright Scholar.

 


 

Alvin Yui Cheng

Internship Officer/ Research Officer

 

Alvin Cheung is a BCL candidate at University College, Oxford. He completed his BA Jurisprudence at Oxford in June 2020 with a distinction. He is also a Hong Kong Scholar.  His main interests are in constitutional and human rights law.

 


 

Chelsea Wallis

Communications Officer/ Research Officer

 

Chelsea is a BCL candidate supported by a scholarship from Jesus College. She will be commencing the DPhil in Law from October, focussing on the role of human rights law in addressing domestic abuse, under the supervision of Professors Shazia Choudhry and Jonathan Herring. Prior to studying at Oxford Chelsea completed undergraduate degrees in Law and International Business, alongside graduate studies in Politics and International Relations; International Economics and Finance; French and Latin language; Mathematics; and English Literature. Chelsea has two University Medals and a Chancellor's Medal, and received the Una Prentice Award for the highest achieving graduating law student in the state of Queensland, Australia. A Convenor of the Oxford Feminist Jurisprudence Discussion Group, Chelsea is passionate about improving access to justice and considering how intersectional marginalisation affects the availability and effectiveness of legal remedies. She has previously served as a Youth Ambassador for Oxfam, a member of the Australian delegation to the Harvard Model United Nations Conference, and a Senior Judge for The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition. Chelsea is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society.

 


 

Mihika Poddar 

Treasurer/ Research Officer

 

Mihika is a MPhil candidate in law at the University of Oxford and a Rhodes Scholar. She is undertaking research supervised by Kate O’Regan and Barbara Havelkova on legal recognition of gender identity. Mihika obtained the Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) with Distinction and was awarded the Law Faculty Prize in Comparative Equality Law in 2020. Mihika is also a qualified Indian lawyer and university medallist from the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, India, where she completed her B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) in 2019.

 


 

Ayban Elliot-Renhard

IT Officer/ Research Officer

 

Ayban is an MPhil candidate at the University of Oxford, where his research concerns the regulatory consequences of the use of artificial intelligence in medicine. Ayban is admitted to legal practice in Australia, where he undertook study for a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours — with Honours research on the legitimacy of resource exploitation in outer space — and a Bachelor of International Relations conferred by La Trobe University in 2019.