Aradhana Vadekkethil

Lord and Lady McNair Early Career Fellow in Law; Retaining Fee Lecturer

I am a DPhil Candidate in Law at Somerville College. My doctoral study, supervised by Professor Laura Hoyano, examines how rape adjudication takes place in India. I seek to highlight through my research how culturally dominant notions, underlying preconceptions, and prejudices about rape percolate through the talk of these cases in a variety of settings and shape their outcome. I am a Gopal Subramaniam scholar at Somerville College and was awarded the Modern Law Review Scholarship in 2021 and 2022.

Prior to taking up doctoral studies, I read on the Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) programme and the MPhil in Law at Oxford as a Cornelia Sorabji Scholar. I also hold a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from the National Law University, Delhi (India).

At Oxford, currently, I am the Stipendiary Lecturer in Law and Organising Tutor in Law at Pembroke College, Retaining Fee Lecturer in Constitutional Law at Somerville College, and Non-Stipendiary Lecturer in Criminal Law at Mansfield College. I am also the Managing editor of the Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog.

Awards and Previous Qualifications:

BA, LLB (Hons), National Law University Delhi (July 2017)

Bachelor of Civil Law, University of Oxford (July 2018)

Master of Philosophy in Law, University of Oxford (October 2019)

Awarded Archibald Jackson Prize for securing a Distinction on the BCL

Awarded Suresh Shroff Gold Medal for First Rank Holder of Batch of 2012-17, National Law University, Delhi.

Recipient of Cornelia Sorabji Scholarship by Somerville College, University of Oxford and Goa Education Trust (British Council) Scholarship to pursue Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) at University of Oxford for the year 2017-18.

Recipient of Somerville College Alumni Scholarship and scholarship by Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development (OICSD) to pursue MPhil (Law) at University of Oxford for the year 2018-19.

Recipient of Gopal Subramanium Scholarship by OICSD to pursue DPhil (Law) at University of Oxford starting October 2019.

Awarded Best Doctoral Student Prize at the Society of Legal Scholars’ Annual Conference 2023.

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