Executive Committee 2018-19

Clockwise from top: Aradhana, Ashleigh, Sameer, Krittika, Sneha, Titus, Sarah, Gayathree and Gauri


Aradhana Cherupara Vadekkethil | Co-Chair

 Aradhana is reading for the Master of Philosophy in law (MPhil) at Faculty of Law, University of Oxford. She is a Cornelia Sorabji scholar at the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development, Somerville College. She completed her Bachelor of Civil Law degree in June 2018, with a focus on Comparative Human Rights, Comparative Equality Law, Medical Law and Ethics, and Children, Families and State.  Prior to Oxford, she obtained an undergraduate degree in law from National Law University (Delhi) India. Her interest in the study of human rights law stems from her research experiences as a researcher on the Death Penalty Research Project (India), which she believes was her first exposure to the harsh realities of the people at the receiving end of the criminal justice system. She aspires to engage in academics and policy making in human rights law and criminal law.

Gauri Pillai | Co-Chair

Gauri is a first year DPhil student, under the supervision of Professor Sandra Fredman. Her research focuses on sexual and reproductive health and rights, within the specific constitutional context in India. She read for the Bachelor of Civil Law before joining the DPhil, and completed her undergraduate degree (BA LLB (Hons.)) from the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences. She received the Rhodes scholarship in 2017. Her interests revolve around human rights and equality law, medical law, and feminist legal theory and jurisprudence.

Titus Teo | Treasurer

Titus is a BCL student. He is interested in a wide range of public interest issues relating to education, women’s rights, and access to justice for disadvantaged communities.

Krittika Chavaly | Communications Officer

Krittika is an MSc in Law and Finance candidate at the Faculty of Law and the Saïd Business School. She completed her undergraduate degree in law in India, during which she was the student chair for the University’s Centre for Competition Law and Policy. She has previously worked in grassroots microfinance as well as research organizations in the fields of economics and environmental law. Her interest lies in the cross section between financial and legal policy, with a particular focus on the role of corporate law in financial reform.

Gayathree Devi K. T. | Internships and Research Officer

Gayathree is a graduate student reading for the BCL, having obtained her undergraduate law degree from Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), India. Her interest in international humanitarian law and human rights law stems from her participation in moots such as Jessup and a research assistantship at the UN International Law Commission where she worked on jus cogens norms, immunity of State officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction and State succession. At GNLU, she was an integral part of the Centre for Law and Society and coordinated its research projects.

Ashleigh Barnes | Research Officer

Ashleigh is a qualified Australian lawyer currently reading the Bachelor of Civil Law at the University of Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship. Ashleigh is passionate about public law, human rights and international law. Ashleigh has worked within a hybrid war crimes tribunal, as an Associate to a Justice of the New South Wales Supreme Court, at criminal and asylum legal aid services, and at Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) in Litigation, Corporate Crime & Corruption and Royal Commissions teams. In addition, Ashleigh has conducted pro bono legal research on indigenous deaths in custody for an Australian Non-Governmental Organisation and researched police use of force for the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights at the University of Oxford.

Sameer Rashid Bhat | Research Officer

Sameer is a 2018 Rhodes Scholar from Kashmir (India) reading for the Master of Public Policy (MPP) at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. Prior to Oxford, he obtained an undergraduate degree in law from Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) India.

Hailing from Kashmir, the cause of human rights has been Sameer’s strongest force of motivation since childhood. At GNLU, Sameer was instrumental in founding the Centre for Law and Society, a community legal aid clinic and focal point for socio-legal research. His work experience ranges from internships with corporate law firms to research assistantships with government bodies in India. He aspires to engage in advocacy, policy making and academics in human rights and constitutional law.

Sarah Dobbie | Research Officer

Sarah is an Australian lawyer and BCL candidate at University College. She came to Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship and completed her MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (Distinction) in 2018. Her academic interests focus on asylum and forced migration, strategic human rights litigation, and the criminalisation of humanitarian and protest actions. Prior to the BCL, Sarah worked as a Refugee Field Attorney in Greece and Egypt. She has also previously interned for the International Co-Prosecutors at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and the President of the Australian Law Reform Commission.

Sneha Yanappa | Research Officer

Sneha is a BCL student at the University of Oxford. She finished her undergraduate degree from Symbiosis Law School, Pune. She is a recipient of the Jesus Law Faculty Scholarship at the University of Oxford. She is also a JN Tata Scholar and K.C Mahindra Scholar. She was adjudged Runners-up in the National Rounds of Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, 2017 where she was also awarded Best Speaker. Her team was one among the four teams that represented India in the world rounds of the competition. She has also been an advisor to various journals including Indian Constitutional Law Review. Her interests include human rights law, refugee law and international law and armed conflict.