Excellence Award for Wadham Fellow

6th August 2020


Wadham Fellow Tarunabh Khaitan has won an Excellence Award for his work on equality in India.

  • Professor Tarunabh Kaitan

Presented to Tarun by the University of Melbourne, where he is working as a Future Fellow, the award celebrates excellence in engagement.

Prof Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Professor at Ashoka University, the former head of one of India’s leading think tanks, an editorial consultant and columnist for the Indian Express, and one of India’s leading public intellectuals, while making a case to the University of Melbourne for the award to be given to Prof Khaitan, said: "His impact is being felt in proposed legislation at the national level; it is being felt in debates over new institutions that need to be created, and in the ways in which international law can be made an ally of national change. In addition there is one decisive fact. No discussion of the rights of minorities in India is now conceivable without engaging with his conceptual and legal arguments, often disseminated in op-eds, and activist groups."

Tarun is the Professor of Public Law & Legal Theory and the Hackney Fellow in Law at Wadham College, Oxford, currently on special leave for four years from 1 September 2017. As a Future Fellow at the University of Melbourne he is working on his research project on the resilience of democratic constitutions, with a focus on South Asia. He specialises in legal theory, constitutional law and discrimination law.

About the awards

The University of Melbourne has a national and international reputation for excellence. The University acknowledges and celebrates the work of committed, talented and innovative staff annually through the Melbourne Excellence Awards.

The Melbourne Excellence Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of academic and professional staff in research, teaching, engagement, professional excellence and strategic priorities.

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