Sanjay Vashishtha, B.A., LL. B(Honours), LL.M (Comparative Criminal Law, McGill University, Canada), MSc., (Criminology & Criminal Justice, University of Oxford, UK)
Mr. Sanjay Vashishtha pursued a bachelor of laws (B.A., LL. B(Hons) from the Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi (Central University). During his academic life at Jamia, he pursued his proclivity in addressing the issues pertaining to crimes against women and published extensively in this regard. His paper on Acid attack or ‘Vitriolage’ became one of the most cited papers on gender based violence in South Asia and beyond. Furthermore, his comparative study on cyber-crime against women was awarded by HPU, Govt. of Delhi and HRD Ministry. Mr. Sanjay was highly awarded for his advocacy skills but notably received the ‘Best Student (Trial) Advocate’ award by Surana & Surana (Patron Mr. Fali S Nariman) at RGNUL, Patiala in 2012 and ‘The Best Student Advocate’ by the Bar Council of India in 2013. He is also the recipient of ‘Central Scholarship for Academic Excellence’ for being one of the toppers of his batch (2013) and the Yearly Scholarship of the Bar Council of India (2013-14). He organized the All India Conclave on Sexual Harassment Law in 2014 as the convenor of the event. The conclave witnessed active participation from legal luminaries from all over the country.
Thereafter Mr. Sanjay enrolled with the Bar Council of Delhi and practiced at the High Court of Delhi and the Trial Courts of Delhi before commencing a Masters (LL.M) in Comparative Criminal Law at McGill University Canada. At McGill, he undertook extensive studies in International Human Rights Law, Refugee Law, Advanced Criminal Law Evidence, Sentencing and Legal Research Methodology (Qualitative, Quantitative, Ethnographic and Mixed Method Research) and wrote his LL.M thesis on ‘Adult Sentencing for Young Offenders: The Protection of society v. The Rehabilitation of the Young Offenders’ under the auspicious supervision of Dr. Marie Manikis. At McGill, he was encouraged and referred by Hon’ble Prof. Justice Patrick Healy to pursue further studies in Criminology.
And in light of his passion to serve the society coupled with academic excellence, Mr. Sanjay Vashishtha was selected to pursue a MSc. in Criminology & Criminal Justice at the prestigious University of Oxford, United Kingdom. At Oxford, he focused on Crimes & Family, Youth Justice, Comparative Criminal Justice and Human Rights, Death Penalty, Public and Private Policing and Research Design and Data Collection (Relating to Randomized Control Trials and Experimental Criminology). He was trained in Policing under the auspicious supervision of world class Policing experts like Professor Ian Loader & Professor Ben Bradford. He also had the profound fortune of attending seminars hosted by noted Criminologists like Professor Carolyn Hoyle (Death Penalty), Professor Rachel Condry (Youth Justice, Crimes and Family), Professor Julian V. Roberts (Criminology & Sentencing), Professor Liora Lazarus (Security and Human Rights) along with many other guest lectures hosted by Professor Tim Newburn Professor David Garland, Professor Roger Hood etc. During his academic stint at Oxford, Sanjay wrote extensively for the Oxford Pro Bono Publico. He was the editor for ‘India’ in the report published by Oxford for Redress London on ‘Remedies for Victims of Sexual and Gender Based Violence’. He further published online blogs on comparative research on criminology for the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford and participated at various criminological conferences at Oxford. He was also elected as the Community Representative of his college by the highest margin and received the Travel and Research Funding Award. The topic of his dissertation was related to the abolishment of matrimonial privileged communication in the common law and its criminological implications. He was a Co-Panellist with Prof. Roger Hood, Prof.
Carolyn Hoyle, Representatives of Reprieve and discussed the alternatives to Death Penalty with the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee of Uganda (Members of Parliament) in May 2016.
Mr. Sanjay Vashishtha is a criminologist, active blogger/publisher on policing reforms and has published extensively in prestigious National and International journals. He is presently practicing before the Supreme Court of India & the Higher Judicature and takes a serious note of wrongful convictions, disability rights and Policing Reforms. He has delivered lectures on criminology at various universities and avenues as a chief speaker including, Jamia Millia Islamia, Hindu College (Delhi University), MVN University, Manav Rachna International University etc. He is an active member of the Innocence Project, Association in Defence for Wrongfully Convicted, Canada, Professional Member of the Indian Police Institute, New Delhi and various other Human Rights Projects and initiatives. Mr. Sanjay is also skilled in various national and international languages and has judged various National and Reginal Moot Court Competitions.
List of selected National and International Publications :-
- ‘Enhancing the Police Legitimacy in India: The need for Evidence Based Policing and Policy Making to Police India’. Indexed at SSRN (2016)
- ‘Honey let’s just keep the doors open’: A Critical study on the abrogation of spousal privileged communication in Canada and its implications in criminology. Published in the International
Journal of Criminology and Sociological Theory, Vol. 10, No. 1, July 2017, 1-19. Publisher (York University, Canada).
- Vitriolage & India – The Modern Weapon of Revenge Published in the International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Invention (IJHSSI) Vol. 2 (10).
- A Report on Reparation and Remedies for Victims of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (2016) Published by Oxford Pro Bono Publico, University of Oxford. Editor – Republic of India.
- Comparative Research in Criminology (2016) Online: Published by Faculty of Law, University of Oxford.
- Socio-Economic Factors & Health: A Comparative Analysis of Canada & India Published as a book chapter in book titled ‘Democratic Governance’ by Dr. Anupama Singh ISBN: 9789381839560.
- Comparative Policing Discourse: An Interview with Mr. Bekithemba Mlauzi, Ex Chief of Police, Republic of Zimbabwe Blog (2016).
Invited as a Speaker/Chief Speaker at :–
Panelist on Death Penalty | Wadham College, University of Oxford
Discussed alternatives to Death Penalty with the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee of Uganda (Members of Parliament), in a join session with representatives of Reprieve, Prof. Carolyn Hoyle and Prof. Roger Hood (Oxford).
C.G.O. Complex, New Delhi | Indo Tibetan Border Police Head Quarters, New Delhi
Invited by Police Foundation and Institute New Delhi to speak on Evidence Based Policing in India. The presentation was attended by serving and retired Indian Police Service Officials, Human Right Activists & other members of the civil society.
International Workshop on Inclusive Cities, New Delhi
Invited to speak on ‘Policy – Making’ in disability services at the abovementioned workshop held at Central University, J.M.I, New Delhi. The session was attended by disability rights experts and activists along with academics and students.
National Consultation on Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016
Invited to speak on the ‘offenders as persons with disabilities’ and ‘The Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016’ at a national consultation hosted by (PACE) & (CABE) at the National Blind Person’s Association, New Delhi.
Hindu College, Delhi University
Invited to speak along with Mr. K.T.S. Tulsi, Sr. Advocate & M.P. Rajya Sabha & Mr. Naveen Gulia, Former Indian Army and Motivational Speaker as the Chief Speaker. Spoke extensively on the need of evidence based public policymaking in India.
National Seminar on Restorative Justice, Jamia Millia Islamia (Central University)
Co-Chaired Sessions on Restorative Justice in India. Participants (students, professors and other academics) from the entire country presented their papers on the emergence of restorative justice in India and South Asia
MVN University, Palwal, Haryana
Invited as a chief-speaker by the In-Charge School of Law, MVN University to talk about Evidence Based Policymaking in the administration of Criminal Justice for the persons with disabilities. The talk was attended by the VC, MVN University, Professors and Students of the School of Law, MVN University.
Manav Rachna International University, Faridabad
Invited by the Dean, Faculty of Law, Manav Rachna University to discuss legal jurisprudence with the students from BALLB and BComLLB.
Selected International and National Seminars :-
- Presented paper titled “Evidence Based Policing in India: The need to adopt a works approach in policing a diverse India” at the National Seminar on Policing, hosted by H.P. Police & I.I.A.S. Shimla, H.P.
- Participated in “Crime and Mental Health Conference” held at Green Templeton College, University of Oxford, hosted by Centre for Criminology, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, United Kingdom.
- Presented paper titled “Socio – Economic Factors & Health: A Comparative Analysis of Canada and India” The International Conference on Public Policy, Governance and Democracy Experiences from India and Canada organized by HPU, Centre for Canadian Studies.
- Presented paper titled “Indian Judicial Activism on the ‘Right to Environment’: Adjudication & Locus Standi” The International Conference on sustainable development India, jointly presented by Ontario International Development Agency (OIDA), (CRSJP), Laurentian University, International.
List of Awards and Honours :-
- St. Cross College, University of Oxford – Travel and Research Funding ( 2016)
- Best Student Advocate – 29th Bar Council of India, National Moot Court Competition. (2013)
- Yearly scholarship – Hon’ble Bar Council of India (2013 – 2014)
- Central scholarship for academic excellence – One of the toppers – B.A., LL.B. (Hons) (2012 – 2013)
- Best speaker – National Seminar on Violence against Women (Aug 2013)
Himachal Pradesh University, Govt. of NCT Delhi and Human Resources Dev. Ministry.
- Best Student Advocate & First Runner up Team (Sep 2012)
Surana and Surana National Trial Advocacy Moot Court Competition.
- Winner team, Best speaker, & Best mooter (Feb 2012)
XII M. P. Law College National Moot Court Competition, Maharashtra, India.
- Best Memorial – “Written submission” (Sep 2011)
2nd K.R. Ramamani National Taxation Moot Court Competition, Tamil Nadu, India.