Dr Rishika Sahgal

School of Law

University Teacher in International Human Rights Law

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Dr Rishika Sahgal
School of Law
Bartolomé House
Winter Street
S3 7ND

I completed my DPhil (PhD) in Law at the University of Oxford in August 2022. I specialise in comparative and international human rights, equality and public law.

My research explores the role of rights holders in defining the content of their own rights, thereby playing a protagonist role in rights interpretation. It does so in the context of the right to housing and the eviction of informal settlements in India and South Africa. My research contributes to long-standing debates in the fields of public law and human rights, including the interconnectedness of civil and political and social and economic rights; the relationship between procedural and substantive rights; and the role of courts, other institutions, and rights holders themselves in defining rights.

While at Oxford, I taught comparative and international human rights law at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, was Chairperson of Oxford Pro Bono Publico, Convenor of the South Asian Law Discussion Group, and Editor at the Oxford Human Rights Hub. As part of the Hub, I co-authored submissions before the UK Joint Committee on Human Rights, and the Women and Equalities Committee. I also taught public law as a visiting lecturer at Birmingham Law School.

Prior to Oxford, I served as law clerk to the Chief Justice of India at the Supreme Court of India. I completed my undergraduate studies in law at National Law University, Delhi, where I was senior researcher on the Death Penalty Research Project. Our research was cited by the Law Commission of India in its report recommending the abolition of the penalty, and by Dr Shashi Tharoor, Member of the Indian Parliament, while introducing a private member’s bill to abolish the death penalty.

  • DPhil in Law, University of Oxford
  • MPhil in Law, University of Oxford
  • BCL, University of Oxford
  • BA LLB (Hons), National Law University, Delhi
Research interests
  • International and Comparative Human Rights Law
  • Public Law
  • Equality Law
  • Criminal Justice
  • De-colonisation of/and the law
  • Critical and feminist approaches
Teaching activities


  • LAW371 - International Human Rights Law (Module Convenor)
  • LAW139 - Public Law in the UK and the EU
  • LAW114 - Principles of Comparative Law
  • LAW134 - Core Legal and Study Skills 1 LAW205 - Core Legal and Study Skills 2 


  • LW7F1108 - Freedom of Expression in the Digital Age
  • LAW685 - Legal Research & Writing Skills
  • LAW6162 - Dissertation