Prof. (Dr.) Oishik Sircar

Prof. (Dr.) Oishik Sircar


B.S.L. LL.B. (Pune University);

LL.M. (University of Toronto);

Ph.D. (University of Melbourne)

Prof. (Dr.) Oishik Sircar is Professor, Jindal Global Law School, Adjunct Fellow, University of Technology Sydney Law School, Associate Member, Institute for International Law and the Humanities, Melbourne Law School and visiting faculty at the National Law School of India University. Oishik completed an LLB from ILS Law College, Savitribai Phule Pune University, an LLM from the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto and a PhD from Melbourne Law School, The University of Melbourne.

Oishik was previously a Teaching Fellow at Melbourne Law School (2012-2015), an Assistant Professor at the Jindal Global Law School (2009-2012) and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Studies, National University of Juridical Sciences (2008-2009). In 2015, Oishik was Junior Faculty at Harvard Law School’s Institute for Global Law and Policy Workshop. As a human rights law researcher, educator, and activist, Oishik has worked with Amnesty International, the South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre and the Centre for Communication and Development Studies.

Oishik’s broad research interests are in the areas of critical jurisprudence, cultural studies of law, queer theory, postcolonial feminism, visual cultures, Marxism and, law and social movements. Some of Oishik’s writings have appeared in the journals ChildhoodOsgoode Hall Law JournalFeminist StudiesEconomic and Political WeeklyNo FoundationsHuman Rights DefenderUnbound: Harvard Journal of the Legal Left, and Humanity, among others, and book chapters in several edited volumes.

Oishik is the co-editor of New Intimacies, Old Desires: Law, Culture and Queer Politics in Neoliberal Times (Zubaan and University of Chicago Press, 2017), and is the author of Violent Modernities: Cultural Lives of Law in the New India (Oxford University Press, 2021). Oishik’s next book, Ways of Remembering: Law, Cinema and Collective Memory in the New India is forthcoming in 2022 from Cambridge University Press’s Law in Context series.

Oishik’s article “Spectacles of Emancipation: Readings Rights Differently in India’s Legal Discourse” (2013) won the Hart Article Prize from the UK Socio-Legal Studies Association. Oishik has co-directed two documentary films, one of which – We Are Foot Soldiers (2011) – won the 3rd Prize at the Jeevika Asia Documentary Festival in New Delhi. In 2020, Oishik received the WISCOMP-Saahas Award for “exemplary work to foster gender justice in higher education campuses in India”

Oishik is the co-editor of the Jindal Global Law Review and is on the editorial advisory boards of the Indian Law Review and the Jindal Law and Humanities Review.

Oishik’s academic writings, essays and interviews are available at:

In a quasi-academic avatar, Oishik composes and curates photos of objects and ideas on Instagram that force multiple filters on images to present a hyper-stylized diary of a dystopic present: