SOAS University of London

School of Law

Kanika Sharma

BA Hons (Delhi), MA (JNU), MPhil (JNU), PhD in Law (London)
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Kana Sharma
School of Law

Senior Status LLB Tutor

SOAS South Asia Institute

Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute

Dr Kanika Sharma
Email address:
+44 (0) 20 7898 4657
Paul Webley Wing (Senate House)
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Academic Support Hours:
Thursdays 13.30-15.30


Kanika obtained her PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London in 2016. She uses postcolonial and constitutional theories and psychoanalytic jurisprudence to examine the use of images and architecture by law. She is particularly interested in the relation between law and culture and the formation of the legal subject in colonial and post-colonial contexts.

 At SOAS Kanika co-convenes Legal Systems of Asia and Africa and Law and Society in South Asia. She has also taught on the Equity and Offshore, Public Law and Introduction to Law and Legal Processes modules.

 Before joining SOAS Kanika taught Public Law, Equity and Trusts, Legal Theory and Legal Systems and Methods at Birkbeck. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is a Faculty Advisor for the Birkbeck Law Review.

 Her current research focuses on notions of female ‘consent’ in the age of consent debates in India from the late nineteenth century onward.



Law and colonialism; Law and society in South Asia (especially gender issues); Law, image, and architecture; Psychoanalytic jurisprudence; Critical legal theory



Sharma, Kanika (2017) 'Mother India: The Role of the Maternal Figure in Establishing Legal Subjectivity'. Law and Critique, (29) 1, pp 1-29.

Book Chapters

Sharma, Kanika (2015) 'Spectacular Justice: Aesthetics and Power in the Gandhi Murder Trial'. In: Allo, Awol, (ed.), The Courtroom as a Space of Resistance. Farnham: Ashgate, pp 323-343.

Sharma, Kanika (2011) 'A Symbol of State Power: Use of the Red Fort in Indian Political Trials'. Ethics, Evil, Law and the State: State Power and Political Evil. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press.

Book Reviews

Sharma, Kanika (2013) 'Review of: Wing-Cheong Chan, Barry Wright, Stanley Yeo (eds): Codification, Macaulay and the Indian Penal Code: The Legacies and Modern Challenges of Criminal Law Reform'. International Journal for the Semiotics of Law, (26) 4, pp 957-962.


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