Tarun Khaitan

Dr Tarun Khaitan went to Oxford on the Rhodes Scholarship in 2004 after completing his undergraduate at NLS, Bangalore. He is an Associate Professor at Melbourne & Oxford and the founding General Editor of the Indian Law Review. He was awarded the 2018 Letten Prize for his research on comparative discrimination law. He is currently working on a project on constitutional resilience in South Asia.

Khaitan’s commitment to the ICON community is evidenced by his attendance and presentations at every ICON·S conference held so far. His paper titled ‘Directive Principles and the Expressive Accommodation of Ideological Dissenters’ was published and made freely downloadable by the ICON journal in 2018. He has a further paper accepted by the ICON journal, and has been commissioned to review a book for the same. He has peer reviewed several papers for the journal.

Khaitan is especially committed to capacity-building in early career scholars from the Global South. Under his leadership, editors of the Indian Law Review adopt a hands-on mentoring approach to promising submissions from early-career scholars. He has organised several workshops and conferences aimed at early-career scholars working on South Asia. He is using his Letten Prize money towards launching a capacity-building ‘Indian Equality Law Programme’ at Melbourne Law School to fund a doctorate and several visiting scholars working in the field. He is also involved with two organisations (IDIA and ALEM) that seek to secure access of marginalised kids to Indian law schools by providing admissions training and scholarships.

If elected to the ICON·S Council, he will bring his international experience in three jurisdictions (India, UK and Australia), a stellar record of research publications, newspaper columns and media engagement and commitment to capacity-building work to aid the Society’s contribution to scholarship.