Academic Scholarship

A list of my academic work. (N.B.: Pre-publication versions of almost all paywalled articles can be found on my SSRN Page)


  1. The Transformative Constitution: A Radical Biography in Nine Acts (HarperCollins 2019).
  2. Offend, Shock or Disturb: Free Speech under the Indian Constitution (OUP 2015)


Peer-Reviewed (sole author)

  1. “Discursive Democracy and the Limits of Free Speech”, (2018) 25(3) Constellations 344.
  2. “’Equal Moral Membership’: Naz Foundation and the Refashioning of Equality under a Transformative Constitution”, 1(2) The Indian Law Review 115 – 144 (2017)
  3. “The Supreme Court’s Right-to-Privacy Judgment”, LII(44) Economic & Political Weekly 22 – 25 (November 4, 2017).
  4. “Freedom from Community: Individual Rights, Group Life, State Authority, and Religious Freedom under the Indian Constitution”, 5(3) Global Constitutionalism 351 (2016).
  5. “Horizontal Discrimination and Article 15(2) of the Indian Constitution: A Transformative Approach”, 11(1) The Asian Journal of Comparative Law 87 (2016).
  6. “Autonomy, Fairness, Pragmatism, and False Electoral Speech: An Analysis of Democratic Alliance v African National Congress”, (2016) 8 Constitutional Court Review 23.
  7. “‘Understanding’ and ‘Interpretation’: A Fresh Defence of Dworkin’s Interpretivist Account of Law”, (2015) 40 The Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy 66.

Peer-reviewed (co-authored)

  1. “International Regulation of Platform Labor: A Proposal for Action”, (2021) 1(1) Weizenbaum Journal of the Digital Society w1.1.4 (co-authored with Sandra Fredman, Darcy du Toit, Mark Garaham, Aradhana Cherupara Vadekkethil, and Alessio Bertolini).
  2. “The Right to Work” in The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutionl Law (Rainer Grote et al eds., OUP 2017) (co-authored with Jimena Suarez Ibarolla) (forthcoming).
  3. “Direct and Indirect Discrimination” in The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law (Rainer Grote et al eds., OUP 2017) (co-authored with Jimena Suarez Ibarolla)
  4.  ‘Gender Discrimination’ in The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law (Rainer Grote et al eds., OUP 2017) (co-authored with Jimena Suarez Ibarolla).


  1. ‘Citizenship and the Constitution’ in On Citizenship (Romila Thapar ed., Aleph 2021).
  2. ‘Surveillance and the Right to Privacy in India: A Constitutional Biography’, 26 National Law School of India Review 127 (2014).
  3. ‘The Politics of Statutory Interpretation: The Hayekian Foundations of Justice Antonin Scalia’s Jurisprudence’, 42(3) The Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly 525 (Spring 2015).
  4.  ‘Transformative Constitutional Amendments’, 13(1) The Dartmouth Law Journal 1 (Spring 2015).

Chapters in Edited Collections

  1. ‘Religious Speech’ in The Oxford Handbook on Freedom of Speech (Adrienne Stone & Frederick Schauer eds., OUP 2021).
  2. ‘India’ in Gender, Sexuality and Constitutionalism in South Asia (Hart 2021) (co-authored with Shreya Atrey).
  3. ‘Social Rights’ in Democratic Constitutionalism in India and the European Union (Philip Dann and Arun Thiruvengadam eds., Edward Elgar 2021) (co-authored with Emilios Christodoudilis).
  4. “Equality under the Indian Constitution” in Equality in History and Law (Ulrike Davy ed., Bielefeld University Press 2021).
  5. Navtej Johar v Union of India: The Indian Supreme Court’s Decriminalisation of Same-Sex Relations’ in The Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law, Vol. 22 (2019).
  6. ‘Directive Principles of State Policy’ in The Oxford Handbook for the Indian Constitution (Pratap Bhanu Mehta et al eds., OUP 2016).
  7. ‘The Conservative Constitution: Freedom of Speech and the Constituent Assembly Debates’ in The Indian Constituent Assembly: Deliberations on Democracy (Udit Bhatia ed., Routledge 2017)

 Book Reviews

  1. Madhav Khosla, India’s Founding Moment: The Constitution of a Most Surprising Democracy, 29 Journal of the Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory 365 (December 2021).
  2. Gunter Frankenberg, Comparative Constitutional Studies: Between Magic and Deceit, 16(4) The International Journal of Constitutional Law 1363 (December 2018).
  3. Abhinav Chandrachud, Republic of Rhetoric: Free Speech and the Constitution of India, Frontline (October 2017).
  4. Bruce Ackerman, We the People: The Civil Rights Revolution, 684 Seminar 77 (August 2016).