Dr Priyasha Saksena

Dr Priyasha Saksena


I joined the School of Law in March 2019. I am a graduate of Harvard University (SJD) and National Law School of India University (BA LLB). Prior to joining the University of Leeds, I was a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History. I also have experience in private practice, having been an associate at a corporate law firm. 


  • LLB Programme Manager

Research interests

I am a legal historian and my research focuses on the historical development of legal concepts and institutions within the British Empire. I am particularly interested in the relationship between international law and colonialism, and my doctoral dissertation was a history of the doctrine of sovereignty in colonial South Asia. 

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  • SJD (Harvard University)
  • BA LLB (hons.) (National Law School of India University)

Professional memberships

  • American Society for Legal History
  • Law and Society Association
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Law and Social Justice
  • Centre for Innovation and Research in Legal Education

Current postgraduate researchers

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