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Kanika Gauba

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Kanika Gauba has her graduate and postgraduate degrees in law from the National Law University, Delhi. She has clerked at the Supreme Court of India, taught constitutional law at the Tamil Nadu National Law University, Tiruchirappalli, and researched comparative law at the Centre for Comparative Law, National Law University, Delhi. She was also briefly appointed by deputation at the Centre for Research and Planning, Supreme Court of India.

Kanika teaches courses on constitutional history, public institutions, and judicial governance at Azim Premji University, where she has been since 2017.

Research Interests

Kanika is interested in law and the humanities, particularly constitutional and legal history, law and violence, legal governance of public memory, citizenship and minorities in South Asia, and law and literature.

Academic Qualifications
  • LL.M., National Law University, Delhi, 2015
  • B.A., LL.B. (Hons.), National Law University, Delhi, 2013
Courses taught at APU
  • Legal Foundations of Public Policy in India
  • Law and the Nation
  • The Indian Supreme Court and Governance
  • Political Philosophy and Politics in India (co-taught)
  • Law and Governance (co-taught)
  • Law and Justice in a Globalising World (co-taught)
  • Transitional Justice (co-designed)
  • Law and Literature (co-designed)
  • Book Review: Madhav Khosla, ‘India’s Founding Moment: The Constitution of a Most Surprising Democracy’ (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2020), Public Law (London: Sweet and Maxwell, 2021).
  • ‘India that is Bharat: The Politics of a National Name,’ Economic and Political Weekly (Mumbai: Sameeksha Trust, 11 July 2020), pp. 17-19. (link)
  • Book Review, Aparna Balachandran, Rashmi Pant and Bhavani Raman (eds.), ‘Iterations of Law: Legal Histories from India,’ (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2018,) Indian Law Review, Volume 3, Issue 3 (Taylor and Francis, 2019). (link)
  • ‘Rethinking “Memory Laws” from a Comparative Perspective,’ in M.P. Singh and Niraj Kumar (eds.), Indian Yearbook of Comparative Law: 2018 (Springer, Singapore, 2019) pp. 233-249. (link)
  • ‘Forgetting Partition: Constitutional Amnesia and Nationalism,’ Economic and Political Weekly (Mumbai: Sameeksha Trust: 24 September 2016), pp. 41-47. (link)
  • Voter, Citizen, Enemy, Vol. 52, Issue 23, Economic and Political Weekly, 2017, Sameeksha Trust, Mumbai (co-authored with Anshuman Singh).
Conferences and Talks
  • ‘Constituting Difference: Representation and the ‘Minority Question’’ in India,’ at the Constitutional Law Club, Ramaiah College of Law, Bangalore. (October 2020; invited)
  • ‘“For every constitution…an epic”: Violence, Narrative, and Constitutionalism,’ paper presented at the Young Scholar’s Workshop on Law and Transformation, Humboldt University, Berlin. (February 2020)
  • ‘Legal History in 2019: Four Scenes,’ at Courts and the Constitution: 2019 in Review, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. (January 2020; invited)
  • ‘Framing the Past: Reflections on Constitutional Memory,’ paper presented at the Young Scholars Forum, Third Melbourne Institute of Comparative Constitutional Law, Melbourne Law School. (December 2019)
  • ‘Forgetting Partition,’ paper presented at Azim Premji University, Bangalore. (October 2016)

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