Our Team

Senior Editorial Board

Vikram Raghavan

Vikram Raghavan

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Vikram Raghavan holds degrees from NLSIU, Bangalore (1997) and New York University (1998). He has worked as an attorney at O’Melveny & Myers, an international law firm and is currently a Lead Counsel at the World Bank. His areas of interest include constitutional law and international law. He has published widely and most recently edited a book titled ‘Supreme Court of India: The Beginnings’ by George H. Gadbois Jr.

Venkat Venkatesan

Venkat Venkatesan

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Venkatesan is a journalist with a long experience of writing and commenting on political and legal matters. His book ‘Constitutional Conundrums: Challenges to India’s Democratic Process’ has been published by LexisNexis in 2014. The book, mostly written before the 2014 general elections, has an Afterword written after the declaration of results. He serves as a Senior Editor with the magazine ‘Frontline’.

Malavika Prasad

Malavika Prasad

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Malavika Prasad is an advocate and doctoral fellow at the Nalsar University of Law. She has worked on both sides of the Bar, clerking for Justice Ravindra Bhat when he served at the Delhi High Court, and as an advocate in the Supreme Court of India and other courts. She is part of the visiting faculty at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore where she teaches a module on Law and Science. She holds degrees from the Nalsar University of Law and the University of Michigan Law School as a Grotius Fellow.  
Dr. Mohsin Alam Bhat

Dr. Mohsin Alam Bhat

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Dr. Mohsin Alam Bhat teaches at Jindal Global Law School and heads its Centre for Public Interest Law. He studied law at NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, before completing his LL.M. and J.S.D. from Yale Law School. His academic work focuses on discrimination, exclusion, and the politics of religious and caste minorities in India. He is interested in combining multiple methodologies, particularly ethnographic methods, in the study of law. In 2016, he was awarded the Gruber Fellowship in Global Justice and Women’s Rights (Yale) and started an ongoing empirical research on urban rental housing discrimination in India. He is also the co-founder of Parichay, a collaborative effort between law schools in India to provide legal aid to those filing appeals against their exclusion from the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam.
Chinmayi Arun

Chinmayi Arun

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Chinmayi Arun is a resident fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. She has served on the faculties of NUJS and National Law University Delhi from 2010 onwards, and was the founder Director of the Centre for Communication Governance at NLU Delhi. She was a Fellow of the Berkman Klein Center of Internet & Society at Harvard University from 2017-2019 and a faculty associate of the Center prior to that. Chinmayi has law degrees from NALSAR (2006), the LSE (2009) and Yale (2020).  Her research tends to focus on freedom of expression, hate speech, privacy and artificial intelligence. 
Nick Robinson

Nick Robinson

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Nick is a Lecturer in Political Science at Yale University and a Schell Visiting Human Rights Fellow at Yale Law School. He has extensively studied and researched various aspects of legal profession and judicial administration in India. After graduating from Yale Law School in 2006, he spent seven years in South Asia, clerking for Chief Justice Sabharwal of the Indian Supreme Court, and working at Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) in New Delhi on rights litigation involving water and health. He has also taught law at National Law School-Bangalore, Lahore University Management Sciences, and Jindal Global Law School.

Arun Thiruvengadam

Arun Thiruvengadam

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Arun Thiruvengadam holds degrees in law from the National Law School, Bangalore and the New York University School of Law. Between 1995-97, he served as a Law-clerk-cum-research-assistant to the Chief Justice of India, Justice A.M. Ahmadi. He has published widely and most recently authored a book titled ‘The Constitution of India: A Contextual Analysis’ (2018).

Aparna Chandra

Aparna Chandra

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Aparna is an Assistant Professor of Law and Research Director, Centre for Constitutional Law, Policy and Governance at the National Law University, Delhi. Aparna received her LL.M and JSD degrees from Yale Law School in 2007 and 2013, respectively. She was a Lillian Goldman Scholar at Yale Law School from 2010-2012. Her doctoral dissertation (under the supervision of Judith Resnik and guidance of Bruce Ackerman and Alec Stone Sweet) examined the role of international law in domestic constitutional adjudication, with a primary focus on the Indian Supreme Court.

Anup Surendranath

Anup Surendranath

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Anup teaches Constitutional Law at NLU Delhi and is also Director of the Centre on the Death Penalty, which currently comprises the Death Penalty Litigation Clinic and the Death Penalty Research Project. He was invited by Chief Justice RM Lodha (as he then was) in May 2014 to serve as the Deputy Registrar (Research) in the Supreme Court and was on deputation to the Supreme Court until August 2015. The only other instance of an academic being invited to the Supreme Court for a similar assignment was almost 30 years ago, in the late 80s, under Chief Justice PN Bhagwati. He holds B.A.,LL.B. (Hons.) from NALSAR and has to his credit BCL, M.Phil and D.Phil from the University of Oxford.

Raeesa Vakil

Raeesa Vakil

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Raeesa Vakil is an advocate, and a J.S.D candidate at the Yale Law School, where she also earned her LL.M in 2016. Prior to that, Raeesa studied law at the National Law School of India in Bengaluru, after which she worked in litigation at the Supreme Court of India, as well as in courts in Delhi and Mumbai, and was a research scholar studying local government at the Center for Policy Research in New Delhi. Her doctoral dissertation, under the supervision of Bruce Ackerman (and guidance of Susan Rose-Ackerman and Taisu Zhang) examines judicial review in the Indian regulatory state.

Student Editorial Board

Dayaar Singla

Dayaar Singla

Student Editor-in-Chief

Dayaar is a final year student at NALSAR. He is deeply interested in public policy, technology laws and gooey chocolate cakes. He co-founded the NALSAR Litigation & Advocacy Project, which has worked on Foreigners Tribunals in Assam, fake news & disinformation amongst other issues. He also serves as the Editor of the Indian Journal of Intellectual Property Law. He was invited to testify before the US Trade Representative for the 2019 Special 301 Report, for which he received SCU Law Dean’s Special Travel Grant. He can be found @dayaar_s reminiscing about the pre-lockdown times at NALSAR when he could crib to more people.

Vishal Rakhecha

Vishal Rakhecha

Student Editor-in-Chief

Vishal Rakhecha is a fifth-year law student at NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. He is deeply interested in technology and IP law. He is also a Public Resource Fellow with public.resource.org. He is most comfortable sitting in the library sipping tea, while listening to a podcast or Pakistani Rock.

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Bhavisha Sharma

Bhavisha Sharma

Legal Editor

Bhavisha is a penultimate year law student at NALSAR. She joined LAOT as a Legal Reporter as another enthusiastic first-year who wanted to do everything. However, now she is deeply interested in Human Rights Law with key emphasis on Women Rights. Since 2019, she has attempted to reduce her carbon footprint and hasn’t used single-use plastics like straws, cups etc. She can be found ravishing cheesy pastas in aesthetic cafes (or alternatively during lockdown on her phone she watches food videos and cries).

DGV Rithvik

DGV Rithvik

Technical Editor

DGV Rithvik is a third-year student at NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. His areas of interest include Public Policy, Linguistic Human Rights and has a great interest in technology. He maintains two of the University’s website – NALSAR eLibrary and NALSAR Forums. In his free time, you can either find him listening to music or of course – in the University’s IT Department.

Gayatri Gupta

Gayatri Gupta

Legal Editor

Gayatri is a fourth-year student at NALSAR University of Law. She has a keen interest in Refugee laws, Constitutional Law, and public health laws. These days, she can be found chilling with doggos and honing her binge-watching skills.

Mohini Parghi

Mohini Parghi

Legal Editor

Mohini is a 4th year student at NALSAR University of Law. She takes an avid interest in antitrust and technology laws, public law, and telling people what to do. Her greatest ambition is to earn enough to be able to own and play as many musical instruments as possible.

Mustafa Rajkotwala

Mustafa Rajkotwala

Legal Editor

Mustafa is a third-year student at NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. His research interests include public policy, intellectual property laws and human rights discourse. He likes reading about religion and philosophy in his free time. Furthermore, he is passionate about theatre, singing and cooking.

Chitranksha Kumari

Chitranksha Kumari

Legal Reporter

Chitranksha is a third-year student at NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. Her areas of interest include Human Rights Law and Criminological Psychology, and she aspires to work in these fields in the future.

Sahil Aggarwal

Sahil Aggarwal

Legal Reporter

Sahil is second-year student at NALSAR. He is an enthusiast exploring the different dimensions of public law, to find the best field for himself. He is also interested in sports and books.

Mariyam Mayan

Mariyam Mayan

Legal Reporter

Mariyam is a second-year student at NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. Her areas of interest include Public International Law, Criminal Law and Minority Rights. She also likes writing, dancing and exploring new food. When not doing any of these, she can be found in a quite corner, sipping on coffee and listening to a weird mix of Tchaikovsky and Malayalam Indie.

Shravani Shendye

Shravani Shendye

Legal Reporter

Shravani is a third year student at NALSAR. She is interested in ADR, Environmental Law and Insolvency Law. Academic writing and legal research comprise her other relevant interests. To pursue her passion for climate action she has co-founded the NALSAR Green Collective in 2020. She is born in a nuclear Maharashtrian family and is a trained kathak dancer. She also writes poetry, reads mostly fiction and likes to workout in her spare time. One can find her poems and dance videos on her instagram handle.