Surabhi Shukla

School of Law

Lecturer in Law

Deputy Director of Postgraduate Research (Admissions)

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Surabhi Shukla
School of Law
Bartolomé House
Winter Street
S3 7ND

Surabhi is a lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the law school and researches in the area of constitutional law and sexual orientation and gender identity law.

She completed her B.A.LL.B. (Hons.) from the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) in 2011 and her LL.M. from the UCLA School of Law in 2012. She was awarded the Dean's Tuition Fellowship and the Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation Scholarship to attend UCLA. She worked at the ACLU of Southern California in Los Angeles, the Williams Institute at UCLA, the Supreme Court of India, and taught as an Assistant Professor of Law at the O. P. Jindal Global University, India, before starting her DPhil (PhD) at Oxford.

In 2014, she was awarded an IASSCS Emerging Scholars' International Research Fellowship. Through this fellowship, she conducted a study on the experiences on queer students during their school life in India. The study is hosted here: This project has since won the Jack Collins Social Action Bursary of the Oriel College, Oxford, in 2017.

She is admitted to the Bar in India and New York. She blogs on sexual orientation and gender identity cases in Indian courts at:

  • University of Oxford (PhD)
  • University of California Los Angeles (LL.M.)
  • National Law School of India University (B.A.LL.B.)
Research interests
  • Constitutional law and theory
  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Laws
  • Secularism
  • Critical approaches to law
Research group
  • Constitutional law and theory
  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Laws
  • Critical approaches to law

Title/Description: Comparative Constitutional Law Book Workshop

  • Awarding Body: University of New South Wales, Sydney (Australia)
  • Years Funded for: Summer 2022
  • Amount: $3000 (AUD)

Title/Description: Laureate Visiting Fellowship in Comparative Constitutional Law

  • Awarding Body: University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Years Funded for: 2018
  • Amount: $3000 (AUD)

Title/Description: International Fellowship for Emerging Scholars to Conduct Original Research

  • Awarding Body: International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture, and Society
  • Years Funded for: 2014-2015
  • Amount: $5000 (AUD)
Teaching interests
  • Public Law
  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law
  • Constitutional Theory
  • Jurisprudence
Teaching activities
  • Law of Obligations
  • Public Law in the UK and in the EU
Professional activities

Speaking Engagements

  • Decolonial Approaches to Transnational Queer Work (Oriel College Oxford 2022)
  • The Right to Gender Recognition of Transgender Persons: Law and Practice in India and the Nordic Countries (with Dr Daniela Alaattinoglu) (University of Oxford 2020)
  • LGBT Rights in the Commonwealth: Constitutional Challenges to Colonial Laws (Middle Temple Inn London 2019)
  • The Role of International Law in Recent SOGI Developments in India (Grotius Summer School on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law at Leiden University 2019)
  • Transgender Persons in Indian Courtrooms: Legal Rights Transformed or Status Quo Maintained? (University of Melbourne 2018)
  • Constitutional Manoeuvres in the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Cases in India (Leiden University 2018)
  • Panelist to discuss issues regarding the inclusion of transgender persons in educational institutions and to give input to the Anti-Discrimination Policy the university (NUJS India 2016)
  • New Genders, Ancient Histories (UCLA 2015)
  • Symposium titled Contemporary Trans/gender Studies at the Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies Department and guest lecturer in undergraduate class titled Transnational Sexualities (University of Minnesota 2014)

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Stakeholders’ discussion on sexual orientation and gender identity (Commonwealth Secretariat UK 2019)
  • Police officer Training on Juvenile Justice Act (Delhi Legal Services Authority New Delhi 2014)
  • Law faculty training in UGC organised, 'Integrating Gender in Legal Pedagogy' (University Grants Commission India 2014)

Journal Reviewer

  • International Journal of Constitutional Law (ICON)