Kanika Gauba

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

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)