School of Law

Dr Mayur Suresh

Key information

School of Law Senior Lecturer in Law South Asia Institute Member Centre for Human Rights Law Member Centre for Law in Asia Member
School of Law
BA LLB (Hons) (National Law School of India), LLM (Columbia), PhD (Birkbeck, University of London)
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+44 (0)20 7898 4646
Support hours
On research leave in term 1 2022/23. Virtual office hours during term 3.


Mayur joined SOAS as a Lecturer in Law in September 2015. In 2016, he was awarded a PhD from Birkbeck, University of London for this thesis titled ‘Terrorist’ lives in Delhi’s courts: An ethnography of the legal worlds of terrorism trials. This research is based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork terrorism cases that took place in Delhi’s trial courts. His research seeks to bring an anthropological perspective to the study of legal processes.

Prior to commencing his doctoral studies, Mayur practiced law in Delhi, where he and his colleagues represented a wide variety of clients: from women in domestic violence and matrimonial cases, to trade unions in industrial relations proceedings, to property disputes, to criminal defence and anti-terror cases. While most of this work was at the trial court level, Mayur was a part of the legal team in the Naz Foundation case – that successfully challenged India’s anti-homosexuality law in the Delhi High Court, and defended the judgment in the Supreme Court.

Mayur has co-edited a volume on the politics of the Indian Supreme Court titled The shifting scales of justice: The Supreme Court in Neoliberal India (2014). He is currently completing a book manuscript based on his doctoral research. 

Office hours

During Term 3, Mayur is conducting virtual office hours. Please book an appointment

Research interests

Anti-terror laws (particularly of South Asia); law and anthropology; legal theory (particularly on theories of emergency legality); sexuality and gender identity in South Asia.


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