Dr Arushi Garg

School of Law

Lecturer in Criminal Law

Arushi Garg
+44 114 222 6708

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Dr Arushi Garg
School of Law
Bartolomé House
Winter Street
S3 7ND

Arushi is a Lecturer in Criminal Law at the School of Law, University of Sheffield. In this role, she teaches across a broad range of law and criminology modules. Prior to this, she taught various undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the University of Oxford, most recently as a Stipendiary Lecturer in Tort Law at St Hilda’s College.

Arushi read for the DPhil in Law at Hertford College (Oxford) where she was enrolled as a Mann Senior Scholar. Her thesis deployed postcolonial feminist theory to produce a socio-legal analysis of factors associated with acquittal and conviction in rape prosecutions in Delhi. Before undertaking doctoral research, Arushi completed the MPhil and BCL (Dist. in Criminal Justice) at Magdalen College (Oxford) as a Rhodes Scholar.

During her time at Oxford, Arushi led and participated in many high-impact projects as Deputy Chairperson of Oxford Pro Bono Publico, the pro bono research wing of the Oxford Law Faculty. She also facilitated conversations among academics, policy-makers, stakeholders and students as an Editor for the Oxford Human Rights Hub, and as the founding convenor of the South Asian Law Discussion Group.

Arushi is on the editorial board of the Indian Law Review. She has also acted as a peer reviewer for several reputed international journals, including the International Review of Victimology and the European Journal of Legal Studies.

  • DPhil, University of Oxford
  • MPhil, University of Oxford
  • BCL, University of Oxford
  • BA-LLB (Hons), NALSAR University of Law
Research interests

Arushi’s research lies at the intersection of criminal law and criminology. Her research interests include gender-based violence, sexual offending, feminist theory, postcolonial criminology, victims and qualitative research methods.

Member of the Centre for Criminological Research (CCR)


Journal articles


  • Garg A (2018) Navigating through 'Age' and 'Agency' in Eera v State. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Garg A (2017) Applying for Furlough in Maharashtra. RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

Areas of research supervision

  • Gender-based violence
  • Sexual violence
  • Postcolonial feminism
  • Feminist theory
  • Intersectionality theory
  • Criminal law
  • Criminology
Title/Description Awarding Body People Involved Dates Amounts
Mann Senior Scholarship to complete project titled ‘Understanding Rape Adjudication in Delhi Trial Courts’ Hertford College, Oxford Arushi Garg 1 October 2017 to 30 September 2019 £10,000
Intersectional Conversations Magdalen College, Oxford Arushi Garg, Roxana Willis, Jonathan Herring 11 July 2017 to 28 September 2017 £1,000
Rhodes Scholarship to complete postgraduate degrees, including doctoral project titled ‘Understanding Rape Adjudication in Delhi Trial Courts’ The Rhodes Trust Arushi Garg October 2013 - September 2017


Teaching interests

Arushi encourages students to examine not just the formal scope of laws, but also their underlying assumptions. She is keen for her students to explore the manner in which laws are interpreted and enforced through the legal system. She is able to use her research expertise in criminal law and criminology – especially on issues of gender-based violence – to inform her teaching on the modules listed below.

Teaching activities


  • LAW133 - Contemporary Issues in Law and Justice
  • LAW134 - WINS1 Law School Without It No Success
  • LAW135 - Criminal Law and Justice
  • LAW208 - Advanced Criminal Law and Justice
  • LAW307/232 - Criminal Evidence
  • LAW3047 - Dissertation Preparation (BA Criminology)
  • LAW3048 - Dissertation (BA Criminology)
  • LAW3052 - Sexual Offending and Sex Offenders


  • LAW6923 - Gender & Violence
Professional activities
  • Member, Asian Law & Society Association (2020 onwards)
  • Honourable Mention (finalist), Association of British Turkish Academics Doctoral Research Awards (2019)
  • Peer Reviewer: International Review of Victimology (2019); Liverpool Law Review (2019); Oxford University Comparative Law Forum (2019); European Journal of Legal Studies (2017); NALSAR Student Law Review (2016)
  • Member, Socio-Legal Studies Association (2018 onwards)
  • Invited Participant, Round Table on ‘Neither Confirm Nor Deny (NCND)’ Procedures, organised by Oxford Pro Bono Publico and JUSTICE at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, Mansfield College, University of Oxford (20 November 2017)
  • Deputy Chairperson, Oxford Pro Bono Publico (2014 - 2015)

Editorial experience

  • Editor, Indian Law Review (2020 onwards)
  • Assistant Editor, Indian Law Review (2017)
  • Editor, Oxford Human Rights Hub (2015)
  • Associate Editor, Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal (2013 - 2014)
  • Content Editor, Environment Law and Practice Review (2012 - 2013)

Recent invited papers and keynote lectures

  • Arushi Garg, 'Hostile' Victim -Witnesses, Hostile Courts: Understanding Acquittals in Rape Cases in Delhi, paper presented at the Global Criminal Justice Early Careers Conference, the Centre for Criminology (Oxford, 29 June 2018)
  • Arushi Garg, Judicial Constructions of 'Deception', 'Delay' and 'Consent': A Socio-Legal Analysis of Promise to Marry Cases in India, paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Socio-Legal Studies Association (University of Bristol Law School, 29 March 2018)
  • Arushi Garg, Consent, Conjugality and Crime in India: Rape Based on 'False' Promise to Marry, paper presented at the 55th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences: So What? Understanding What It All Means (New Orleans, 17 February 2018)
  • Arushi Garg, Sexual Consent and Deceptive Promises of Marriage: A Snapshot from Delhi, paper presented at Rhodes House Research Mingle (Oxford, 31 October 2017)