Nishant Gokhale is doing a Ph.D. in law at Cambridge University under the supervision of Professor Paul McHugh. Nishant obtained his undergraduate degree in law and humanities at NUJS, Kolkata and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School. Before starting at Cambridge, Nishant worked for several years including as a judicial clerk at the Indian Supreme Court and as a litigator in criminal and capital cases.
At Cambridge, Nishant's research is a multi-sited history of the British East India Company's engagement with law at home and in India. Examining archival sources in the United Kingdom and India, his research delves into the Company's project of legal ordering of the indigenous Bhil communities in Khandesh province (western India). His research examines the diverse manifestations of Bhil agency which resulted in the Company reordering itself at local levels. His research adds to the growing scholarly interest in the role that local and regional officers played in the project of legal ordering and will help situate indigenous communities in the imperial world of the 19th century.
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