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DU CLC, NLU-D law students win 2021’s Rhodes scholarship at Oxford

Anupriya Dhonchak (left), Misbah Reshi are latest Rhodes awardees from NLU-D, CLC
Anupriya Dhonchak (left), Misbah Reshi are latest Rhodes awardees from NLU-D, CLC

At least two Indian law students have secured this year’s Rhodes Scholarship to study for a fully-funded postgraduate degree at Oxford University.

Final year NLU Delhi student Anupriya Dhonchak and final year University of Delhi, Campus Law Centre student Misbah Reshi have both been selected this year.

Anupriya Dhonchak’s CV includes the UNESCO Chair on Freedom of Communication Summer School on Law, Technology, Democracy, an exchange semester at York University’s law school in 2020 and a Herbert Smith Freehills training contract offer and vacation scheme.

She has worked on action-oriented policy projects concerning rights of survivors of sexual violence, women prisoners and issues of reproductive justice. She has been published by the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law and Justice and recently, co-authored a book chapter with Prof Carys Craig on a feminist reimagination of moral rights in copyright law. Currently, she is a fellow at SpicyIP and a teaching assistant for Intellectual Property at NLUD. She is interested in the intersection of issues of equality law and free speech with intellectual property. Dhonchak has also represented her state in five national championships in badminton.

Mishbah Reshi’s interests include human rights law, international law and criminal law.

She is a philosophy hons graduate from St Stephen’s College and a final year law student at Campus Law Centre, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi.

Reshi is currently the student convener of the Legal Aid Society of her college and has been a contributor to human rights reports on minority rights in India and human rights violations in Kashmir.

Last year GNLU Gandhinagar student Hatim Hussain was the only law student to have bagged the Rhodes, and in 2018 NUJS Kolkata’s Mihika Poddar made the cut.

In 2017, two students from GNLU Gandhinagar and Nagpur University were awarded the prestigious scholarship.

And in 2016, it went to three students from Nuals Kochi, NLSIU Bengaluru and NUJS Kolkata.

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