Sanya Samtani


Sanya Samtani is a DPhil student in Law at the University of Oxford. She is a Research Resident at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, working on the right of access to educational materials. Her work is at the nexus of international human rights law and educational exceptions to copyright.

After graduating from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, India, she received the Rhodes Scholarship and completed her BCL at Magdalen College, Oxford in 2015. She has been involved with Oxford Pro Bono Publico first as a researcher, and subsequently as a member of the committee for 2016-2017. At Oxford, she has conducted tutorials as a part of her role as Graduate Teaching Assistant for FHS Undergraduates in Public International Law in 2017-2018. She also runs the Mooting at Law Programme, over 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 as Mooting Co-ordinator. Her interest in oral advocacy and moot courts led her to be appointed as Assistant Moot Co-ordinator for the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition in 2017-2018 and 2018-2019.

Sanya received the Apgar Prize 2018 from Magdalen College and the 2017 Samuel Pisar Traveling Fellowship from the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, to enable her to take up an appointment as a foreign law clerk to Justice Mhlantla at the South African Constitutional Court between July-December 2018. In the course of her time in South Africa, her photographs, on the theme of decolonising knowledge, were exhibited at Wikimania 2018, Cape Town.