Areas of Interest & Expertise
Constitutional and Legal History, Law and Violence, Legal Governance of Public Memory, Citizenship and Minorities in South Asia, Law and Literature
Kanika is a faculty with the School of Public policy and Governance.
Kanika Gauba has her graduate and postgraduate degrees in law from the National Law University, Delhi. She clerked with Justice Ranjan Gogoi at the Supreme Court of India between July 2013-August 2014. She taught constitutional law at the Tamil Nadu National Law School, Tiruchirappalli (May-December 2015). Before joining the Azim Premji University, she researched at the Centre for Comparative Law, National Law University, Delhi, focusing on comparative constitutional law.
Her recent work explores memories of the partition in India’s constituent assembly debates. Apart from constitutional history, her interest areas include citizenship studies, comparative constitutional law, postcolonial theory and law
Publications and Writings
- 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.
- 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).
- ‘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.
- Citizenship in South Asia, in Nasir Uddin and Nasreen Chowdhory (ed.), Transborder Movements and the States: Experience from South Asia (forthcoming, 2018; co-authored with Anshuman Singh).
- Voter, Citizen, Enemy, Vol. 52, Issue 23, Economic and Political Weekly, 2017, Sameeksha Trust, Mumbai (co-authored with Anshuman Singh).
- ‘Forgetting Partition: Constitutional Amnesia and Nationalism,’ Economic and Political Weekly (Mumbai: Sameeksha Trust: 24 September 2016), pp. 41 – 47.
- Contrasting the Indian Garment and Handloom Industries: A Critique of Legislative & Executive Inaction, 3 (1) NLIU Law Review, 2013, National Law University, Bhopal.
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)