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Institute of Criminology



Prior to taking up the Assistant Professorship at Cambridge, Arushi held a lectureship at the University of Sheffield, and a series of fixed-term teaching positions at the University of Oxford, including a Stipendiary Lectureship in Law at St Hilda’s College. Before that, she read for the DPhil, MPhil and BCL at the University of Oxford (Hertford and Magdalen) as a Rhodes Scholar and a Mann Senior Scholar. Arushi completed her undergraduate degree in Law at NALSAR University and graduated with several gold medals and a mention on the Vice Chancellor’s merit list.

Arushi has published her research in a range of peer-reviewed journals, including Social and Legal Studies, the International Journal of Constitutional Law and the Socio-Legal Review. Her journal article on ‘deceptive sex’ cases [(2019) 28(6) Social & Legal Studies 737] won a research award from the Asian Law and Society Association. She is currently completing a manuscript based on her work in relation to rape and criminal justice, to be published as part of OUP’s Clarendon Studies in Criminology series. Her research projects have received generous support through internal and external grant funding – among others, from the British Society of Criminology.

Arushi is on the editorial board of the Indian Law Review and the Criminal Law Forum and is an auditor for the Asian Law and Society Association. She has served as a peer reviewer for a range of regional and international journals, book publishers and research councils, including the Economic and Social Research Council.



Arushi’s research deploys feminist and postcolonial theory to analyse the operation of the criminal justice system, particularly in India and other South Asian jurisdictions. She is especially interested in empirical analyses of law, and in what qualitative methods can teach us about the context and enforcement of the law. 

Arushi’s main undertaking at the moment is a monograph that analyses factors associated with acquittal and conviction in rape prosecutions in Delhi. Based on extensive qualitative fieldwork in Delhi trial courts, this will be the first published book-length manuscript to analyse the implementation of the wide-ranging rape law reform introduced in India in 2013. In addition, Arushi has a nascent but growing interest in the attitudinal and institutional factors that shape prosecutorial action in adversarial criminal justice systems. If you are a prosecutor working in Indian trial courts and are interested in contributing to the development of these research plans, please do not hesitate to reach out to Arushi.



Key publications: 

Books and book chapters

Arushi Garg, Sexual Agency and Victimisation: A Postcolonial Feminist Analysis of Rape Trials (on contract with Oxford University Press)

Arushi Garg, ‘TB Macaulay, The Indian Penal Code’ in Chloë Kennedy and Lindsay Farmer (eds.), Analysing Leading Works in Criminal Law (Routledge 2023)

Peer-reviewed articles

Arushi Garg, 'Consent, Conjugality and Crime: Hegemonic Constructions of Rape Laws in India' (2019) 28(6) Social & Legal Studies 737 - 754

Arushi Garg, ‘Secularism in India and Israel: A Study in Judicial Attitudes’ 2012 (7) NALSAR Student Law Review 17 - 39

Arushi Garg and Shuchita Thapar, ‘Why We’re Losing the War on Drugs: The Inefficacy of India’s Drug Abuse Laws’ (2009) 1 Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University Law Review 14 - 26


Other publications: 

Arushi Garg, 'Navigating through 'Age' and 'Agency' in Eera v State' (2018) 14 Socio-Legal Review 79 – 97 [extended case note]

Arushi Garg, ‘Applying for Furlough in Maharashtra’ (2017) 52 Economic & Political Weekly 22 – 24 [commentary]

Teaching and Supervisions


Arushi teaches or has taught the following MPhil courses at the Institute: Global Perspectives on Violence (GPV); Criminological Research Methods; and Criminological Research Methods Workshop. Her undergraduate teaching experience includes the following courses: Social Order, Violence and Organised Forms of Criminality (convener); Criminology,  Sentencing and Penal Systems (convener); and Foundations in Criminology and Criminal Justice. In addition, Arushi teaches about issues relating to gender, race and criminal justice on both the Institute’s MSt programmes. Arushi’s doctoral supervision focuses mainly on projects about sexual violence and criminal justice.

Contact Details

Room 3.4
01223 767178


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