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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics


I am a PhD student in the Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge. I graduated from the University of Oxford, where I studied for the Bachelor of Civil Law (2014-15), specializing in criminal law and evidence. Subsequently, I worked as a Research Fellow at Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, a New Delhi based legal think-tank, on specialised matters of narcotics and criminal law and environmental law and policy. In 2017-2018, I completed my MPhil in Environmental Policy at the Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge. I have a keen interest in green criminology and animal legal personhood and have been pursuing a parallel project of my own on the latter, alongside my doctoral work.


I am interested in Environmental Law, Animal Law, Legal Geography, Indigenous Geography, Political Ecology, and Jurisprudence. My research specifically looks at the idea of indigenous environmental justice in Australia, Brazil, and Canada articulated through the intersections of law, indigeneity, and socio-economic and environmental values. 


Key publications: 
  1. "Indigenous Environmental Justice: A Need for Substantial Recognition of Indigenous Voices", Rights Views, University of Columbia (October 2020). <
  2. "Rio Tinto and Indigenous Environmental Justice", Progress In Political Economy, (June 2020) <>
  3. "Marxist Legal Theory and Indigeneity", Progress In Political Economy, (April 2020) <
  4. "Nonhuman Animal Legal Personhood" (Australasian Animal Studies Association, July 2019), <>
  5. “Gloucester Resources and Its Radical Implications for Indigenous Environmental Justice” (OxHRH Blog, 18 March 2019), <
  6. "India and Its Adivasis: Reframing Environmental Justice", Socio-Legal Review Forum, (March 2019)
  7. “Striking a Fine Balance: A Welcome Judicial Review of Executive Discretion in MM”(OxHRH Blog, 11 January 2016) <
  8. “UK and the Assisted Dying Bill: Autonomy in Death Continues to Wait Its Turn” (OxHRH Blog, 17 September 2015) <
  9. Sakshi Aravind, ‘Endangering Democracy: Concerns over Raising Surveillance in China’ (OxHRH Blog, 15 February 2016) <
  10. Sakshi Aravind, ‘Administrative Decisions and Terrorist Suspects: The UK Supreme Court’s Decision in Youssef v SSFC’ (OxHRH Blog, 27 February 2016) <>
  11. Sakshi and Srijoni Sen, “Making the Punishment Fit the Crime”, Vol.52(8), Economic and Political Weekly, (25 February 2017).
Other publications: 
  1. Sakshi, “Strengthening Civil Liability for Environmental Damage: Learning the Right Lessons from Ennore Oil Spill”, (Times of India, 28 February 2017)
  2. Sakshi, “Ecological Balance Sheet”, (The Hindu, 15 February 2017)
  3. Sakshi, “In J&K, Scant Inclination to Develop Sustainable Tourism with Environmental Conservation”, (The Wire, 07 February 2017) <
  4. Sakshi, “On Tribals and Tigers” (The Hindu, 26 April 2017).
  5. Sakshi, “Legal Status of Animals”, (The Hindu, 19 September 2017).
  6. Sakshi, “Making Dissent Invisible”, (The Hindu, 12 October 2017).
  7. Sakshi, “We must seriously question legal impunities enjoyed by the likes of Vedanta”, (The Wire, 08 June 2018) <