Freedoms after Freedom: Lawyering as Political Practice in Post-Independent India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
Rohit De is an Associate Professor of History at Yale University and an Associate Research Scholar at Yale Law School. A lawyer and a historian of South Asia and the common law world, he is the author of A People’s Constitution: Law and Everyday Life in the Indian Republic (Princeton University Press, 2018). He is currently working on two book projects. The first is a history of decolonization and rebellious lawyering and the second, co-authored with Ornit Shani, looks at how thousands of ordinary Indians, read, deliberated, debated, and substantially engaged with the anticipated constitution at the time of its writing.

In 2020, Rohit De was elected a Carnegie Fellow. He has held fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the Davis Centre for Historical Studies at Princeton University, the Melbourne Law School, and the Centre for Asian Legal Studies at the National University of Singapore. Prior to starting at Yale, he was a Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for History and Economics at the University of Cambridge. He clerked for Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan of the Supreme Court of India and has worked with constitution reform projects on Nepal and Sri Lanka.

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Date: 8 November 2021, 16:00 (Monday, 5th week, Michaelmas 2021)
Venue: Online with Zoom
Speaker: Professor Rohit De (Yale University)
Organising department: Faculty of History
Organiser: Zobia Haq (University of Oxford)
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Part of: South Asian Intellectual History Seminar
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Audience: Public
Editor: Zobia Haq