Ph.D., Jawaharlal Nehru University (India)
M.Phil., Jawaharlal Nehru University (India)
L.L.M., New York University (USA)
B.A. LL.B. (Hons.), Government Law College (India)
Prof. (Dr.) Rahela Khorakiwala is a lawyer by training, having completed her undergraduate degree in Political Science at St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, her law degree at the Government Law College, Mumbai and her LLM at New York University School of Law. Rahela has worked as a legal consultant with the Ministry of External Affairs (Foreign Affairs) in New Delhi on an international maritime dispute and the World Bank for a project in Kabul. Rahela has also worked at the law offices of Federal & Company in Mumbai. She was also selected as a Fellow at the NYU Center for Human Rights and Global Justice where she worked at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.
Rahela was awarded the Gold Medal for her first rank in the undergraduate programme at Mumbai University. Rahela has been the recipient of several awards and scholarships through her academic career.
Rahela has completed the integrated M.Phil./Ph.D. from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi where she did an ethnographic study of the colonial courts of India, studying them as a legal anthropologist. Her research looks at how certain colonial practices in these courts impede access to justice in contemporary times. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Max Planck Institute in Frankfurt, Rahela has recently published her first book titled, From the Colonial to the Contemporary: Images, Iconography, Memories, and Performances of Law in India’s High Courts. Rahela has over ten publications to her credit, including a chapter in a book and peer-reviewed contributions to the Indian Law Review, Asian Journal of Law and Society, Socio-Legal Review and the Economic and Political Weekly. Her research has an extensive outreach as she has presented her work at several conferences across the world.
Rahela's primary areas of interest are in law and society, ethnographic studies and the intersection of law with sociology and anthropology.
Honorary Mention for this paper at the 2018 ALSA Conference in Gold Coast, Australia