Aradhana Vadekkethil

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

I am the Lord and Lady McNair Early Career Fellow in Law at Somerville College, teaching Criminal Law and Constitutional Law. My doctoral research, supervised by Professor Laura Hoyano and funded by the Gopal Subramaniam OICSD scholarship, examined how rape adjudication takes place in India.

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).

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 Somerville College to pursue DPhil (Law) at University of Oxford starting October 2019.
  • Awarded Modern Law Review Scholarship 2021.
  • Awarded Mike Redmayne Award for research into Criminal Law and the Law of Evidence (MLR) 2022.
  • Awarded Best Doctoral Student Prize at the Society of Legal Scholars’ Annual Conference 2023.
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