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Tarun Khaitan

Dr Tarun Khaitan, Fellow in Law

  • Dr Tarun Khaitan

    Dr Tarun Khaitan

Dr Tarun Khaitan, Fellow in Law, Wadham College

Tarun Khaitan is an Associate Professor and the Hackney Fellow in Law at Wadham College, currently on special leave for four years from 1 September 2017. During this period of leave, he holds a Future Fellowship at the University of Melbourne to work on his research project on the resilience of democratic constitutions, with a focus on South Asia.

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Tarun Khaitan is an Associate Professor and the Hackney Fellow in Law at Wadham College. He is also the General Editor of the Indian Law Review, an Academic Fellow of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, an Affiliate of the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights and an Associate of the Oxford Human Rights Hub. He completed his undergraduate studies (BA LLB Hons) at the National Law School (Bangalore) between 1999-2004. He then came to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and completed his postgraduate studies (BCL with distinction, MPhil with distinction, DPhil) at Exeter College. Before joining Wadham, he was the Penningtons Student (Fellow) in Law at Christ Church.

His monograph entitled A Theory of Discrimination Law (OUP 2015 hbk, South Asia edition and Oxford Scholarship Online, 2016 pbk) has been reviewed very positively in leading journals, including in Law and Philosophy, where Sophia Moreau said "In this magnificent and wide-ranging book ... Khaitan attempts what very few others have tried." In his review in the Modern Law Review, Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen claimed that "Khaitan's account is sophisticated, extensive and among the best normative accounts of discrimination law available." Colm O'Cinneide's review in the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies says that "Khaitan’s quest shows up the inadequacies of previous attempts to track down this Holy Grail, and the path he has laid down will encourage others to follow in his footsteps." Other reviews are available here. He helped draft the Anti-Disrimination and Equality Bill currently pending before the Indian Parliament.

Selected publications