Rahul Mohanty

I completed B.A.LL.B.(Hons.) from NALSAR University of Law. I graduated as top of my batch, with 13 gold medals for my various academic and other achievements.

I also received the Hon’ble Shri Justice Umesh Chandra Banerjee Memorial Gold Medal for the Most outstanding student with the most consistent overall excellence in academics and extra- curricular activities and Mr. Pavani Seshayya Memorial Gold Medal for the Best Student for Overall Excellence.

I am interested in research and academia. During my time at NALSAR, I have researched and published articles of various areas pertaining to International Humanitarian Law, International Criminal Law, Environmental Law, Constitutional Law, Fundamental Rights etc. I have taught students in my capacity as a teaching assistant for International Law in my final year. I also co-founded the NALSAR Lecture Series on Constitutionalism and led the NALSAR International Law Society, and organised many talks and seminars by eminent academics and practitioners.

I am keen to use my time at the BCL program to pursue my passion for International Law and engage in scholarly research. Having worked on themes such as prosecution of international crimes, use of force and humanitarian interventions, regulating the actions of non-state actors through humanitarian law, immunity of heads of states from international crimes, human rights and sustainable development etc., I was delighted to receive this opportunity to work with the community at Somerville College and the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development (OICSD). It is dream come true to be able to avail the resources at OICSD and work towards my interest areas of sustainable development, climate justice and third world approaches to International Law.

I am especially thankful to HSA Advocates and Mr. Hemant Sahai for giving me this opportunity to be the HSA Advocates Scholar this year and enabling my studies at Oxford.