Age: 29 Home Town: Mumbai, Maharashtra Education: LL.M. (Harvard Law School), B.A. and LL.B. (West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences) Specific Field Interests: Law, Tribal Rights and History Placement: Bhasha Sanshodhan Prakashan Kendra, Tejgadh, Gujarat Area of Focus: Education
Highlights: Nishant graduated from West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences in Kolkata in 2011 and received his LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School. He clerked with the Supreme Court of India and later litigated a diverse range of cases in and around New Delhi with a litigation chamber. His most recent engagement was with the Centre on the Death Penalty at the National Law University, Delhi where he was one of the founding members and assisted inmates sentenced to death secure legal representation. At Harvard Law School, Nishant wrote about the impact of colonialism on tribal groups in India and pursued diverse interests ranging from natural resource issues, law and neuroscience, food law and criminal justice policy. He frequently writes about criminal justice issues in academic and popular publications. Through the AIF Clinton Fellowship, Nishant will be working on issues related to de-notified "criminal" tribes in India and hopes to better understand the law's impact on the lives of marginalized peoples.