SOAS University of London

School of Law

Dr Mayur Suresh

BA LLB (Hons) (National Law School of India), LLM (Columbia), PhD (Birkbeck, University of London)
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Mayur Suresh
SOAS South Asia Institute

Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute

Centre for Gender Studies


Centre for Human Rights Law


Centre for Law in Asia


School of Law

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Dr Mayur Suresh
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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. 

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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.


Authored Books

Suresh, Mayur (2021) Terror Trials: Life and Law in Delhi's Courts. Fordham University Press. [Forthcoming]


Suresh, Mayur (2019) 'The Right to be Public: India’s LGBT movement builds an argument about privacy'. Australian Journal of Asian Law, (20) 1, pp 1-15.

Suresh, Mayur (2019) 'The slow erosion of fundamental rights: How Romila Thapar v. Union of India highlights what is wrong with the UAPA'. Indian Law Review, (3) 2, pp 212-223.

Suresh, Mayur (2019) 'The “Paper Case”: Evidence and Narrative of a Terrorism Trial in Delhi'. Law and Society Review, (53) 1, pp 173-201.

Suresh, Mayur (2019) 'The social life of technicalities: 'Terrorist' lives in Delhi's courts'. Contributions to Indian Sociology, (53) 1, pp 72-96.

Edited Books or Journals

Suresh, Mayur and Narrain, Siddharth, (eds.), (2014) The Shifting Scales of Justice: The Supreme Court in Neo-liberal India. New Delhi: Orient Blackswan.

Book Chapters

Suresh, Mayur (2019) 'Accountability, Authority and Documentary Fragility: Shadow files and Trial in India'. In: Sterett, Susan M. and Walker, Lee Demetrius, (eds.), Research Handbook on Law and Courts. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.

Suresh, Mayur (2016) 'The file as hypertext: Documents, files and the many worlds of the paper state'. In: Motha, Stewart and Rijswijk, Honni van, (eds.), Law, Memory, Violence: Uncovering the Counter-Archive. Abingdon; New York: Routledge, pp 97-115.

Suresh, Mayur (2015) 'Reading Life and Death into the Legal Text'. In: Das, Samir Kumar, (ed.), India: Democracy and Violence. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, pp 152-166.

Suresh, Mayur (2015) 'Pendulous Penises and Couture Clitorises: What Medical Men do to Intersex Infants'. In: Narrain, Arvind and Chandran, Vinay, (eds.), Nothing to Fix Medicalisation of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. London: Sage; Yoda Press.

Suresh, Mayur (2011) 'Possession is 9/10ths of the Body: Law, Land and Hijra Identity'. In: Bhan, Gautam and Narrain, Arvind, (eds.), Law Like Love: Queer Perspectives of Law in India. New Delhi: Yoda Press.

Suresh, Mayur (2007) 'Dead Man Walking: The Supreme Court and Sovereignty in the Age of Terror'. In: Narula, Monica, (ed.), Sarai Reader 07: Frontiers. New Delhi: Sarai/CSDS, pp 121-133.

Monographs and Working Papers

Suresh, Mayur (2014) Mapping and evaluating the formal and informal lesbian, gay and bisexual networks in England (London: Law Society of England and Wales, 2014). .

Book Reviews

Suresh, Mayur (2021) 'Review of: The Truth Machines: Policing Violence and Scientific Interrogations in India By Jinee Lokaneeta. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2020. 262 pp. $34.95 (paper). ISBN 9780472074396'. Law, Culture and the Humanities, (17) 2, pp 385-388.

Suresh, Mayur (2017) 'Review of: Public Secrets of Law: Rape Trials in India By Pratiksha Baxi, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.'. Law, Culture and the Humanities, (13) 1, pp 169-171.

Suresh, Mayur (2016) 'Review of: Puri, Jyoti. 2016. Sexual States: Governance and the struggle over the antisodomy law in India. Durham: Duke University Press.'. Feminist Legal Studies.


Suresh, Mayur and Batabyal, Somnath (2022) 'Making Sense with Mayur Suresh: An ethnographic immersion in a courtroom in New Delhi'.

Suresh, Mayur (2020) 'Civil Liberties Ignored: The UAPA Needs Reform (with Mayur Suresh)'.


Suresh, Mayur (2020) 'The Criminal Law Reforms Committee and The Imagination of Law Reform'.

Opinion Pieces / Media / Blogs

Suresh, Mayur (2020) आपराधिक लापरवाही.

Suresh, Mayur (2020) Criminal neglect.

Suresh, Mayur (2017) Right to Privacy and Sec. 377.

Suresh, Mayur (2014) Irom Sharmila in the Time of Legal Fiction.


Suresh, Mayur (2018) 'The Law Invoked to Arrest Activists Has Its Roots in the Emergency' The Wire.

Suresh, Mayur (2018) 'This is the start of a new era for India’s LGBT communities' The Guardian.

Suresh, Mayur (2014) 'Policing public sexuality: queerness, intimacy, protection and violence' openDemocracy [online].


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