Oishik Sircar

Assistant Professor

B.S.L.; LL.B. (Pune University); LL.M. (University of Toronto); Ph.D. Candidate (University of Melbourne)


Oishik Sircar is Assistant Professor at Jindal Global Law School and a Doctoral Scholar at the at the Institute for International Law and the Humanities, Melbourne Law School. Oishik completed an LLB from the ILS Law College, Savitribai Phule Pune University and an LLM from the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. 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 served as Junior Faculty at Harvard Law School’s Institute for Global Law and Policy Workshop at Doha. As a human rights lawyer and activist, Oishik has worked with Amnesty International and the South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre, and has been closely associated with the sex workers’ and queer rights movements in India, and the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israeli apartheid globally.


Oishik’s doctoral research focuses on the intersection of law and cinema in the making and ordering of collective memories of the 2002 anti-Muslim pogrom in Gujarat; and Oishik’s broad research interests are in the areas of cultural studies of law, queer theory, postcolonial feminism, visual studies, Marxism and law and social movements. Some of Oishik’s writings have appeared in Childhood, Osgoode Hall Law Journal, Feminist Studies, Economic and Political Weekly, No Foundations, and Human Rights Defender, and Unbound: Harvard Journal of the Legal Left, among others. From 2011-2013 Oishik was co-Editor-in-Chief of the Jindal Global Law Review’s Special Double Issue themed “Law, Culture and Queer Politics in Neoliberal Times.” Oishik sits on the advisory board of the Indian Law Review. 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’s co-edited books New Intimacies, Old Desires: Law, Culture and Queer Politics in Neoliberal Times and Desire and its Discontents: Queer Politics in Neoliberal India are forthcoming from Zubaan and Chicago University Press. 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.

Oishik’s writings are available at: https://unimelb.academia.edu/OishikSircar