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:
Paul Webley Wing (Senate House)
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Office Hours:
Tuesday 11:30 - 12:30 & Wednesday 11:30 - 12:30


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.


  • Kanika Sharma, 'Mother India: The Role of the Maternal Figure in establishing Legal Subjectivity' Law and Critique (forthcoming 2017).
  • Kanika Sharma, ‘Spectacular Justice: Aesthetics and Power in the Gandhi Murder Trial’ in Awol Allo (ed.), The Courtroom as a Space of Resistance (Ashgate 2015).
  • Kanika Sharma, ‘A Symbol of State Power: Use of the Red Fort in Indian Political Trials’ in Aoife Foley (ed.), Ethics, Evil, Law and the State: State Power and Political Evil (Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2011).
  • Kanika Sharma, ‘Book Review: 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 25 (2012).



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