Prof. (Dr.) Rahela Khorakiwala

Assistant Professor

B.A. LL.B. (Government Law College, Mumbai);

LL.M. (New York University);

Ph.D. (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)

Prof. (Dr.) Rahela Khorakiwala completed her LLB from Government Law College, Mumbai and her LLM at New York University School of Law, New York. After working as a legal consultant with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in New Delhi and with the World Bank in Kabul, she completed the integrated MPhil/PhD at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi where she did an ethnographic study of the colonial courts of India, studying them as a legal anthropologist. Rahela completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Max Planck Institute in Frankfurt where she worked on the comparative systems of law between India and Germany. She has also been a Research Scholar under the guidance of Professor Peter Goodrich at the Cardozo School of Law, New York. Rahela has multiple publications to her credit, including peer-reviewed contributions to the Indian Law Review and the Asian Journal of Law and Society. Her first book, titled From the Colonial to the Contemporary: Images, Iconography, Memories, and Performances of Law in India’s High Courts was published in December 2019. Her research interests include constitutional law, postcolonial legality and legal anthropology.

List of Publications:


  • Khorakiwala, Rahela, 2019. From the Colonial to the Contemporary: Images, Iconography, Memories, and Performances of Law in India’s High Courts. Oxford: Hart Publishers.


  • Khorakiwala, Rahela, 2019. “The Historicity of Law in India.” Rechtsgeschichte – Legal History, Rg 27 (2019) 441-443.
  • Khorakiwala, Rahela, 2018. “From Calcutta to Ieper: Two Buildings with a Shared History.” Economic & Political Weekly, LIII (43), October 27: 23-25.
  • Khorakiwala, Rahela, 2018. Depictions of Justice in the Colonial Courts of British India: The Judicial Iconography of the Bombay High Court. Vol. 66, chap. 21 in The Art of Law: Artistic Representations and Iconography of Law and Justice in Context, from the Middle Ages to the First World War, edited by S. Huygebaert, G. Martyn, V. Paumen, E. Bousmar and X. Rousseaux, (Springer) 433-449.
  • Khorakiwala, Rahela, 2018. “Memorializing History in the Bombay High Court.” Indian Law Review (Routledge) 1-14.
  • Khorakiwala, Rahela, 2018. “Legal Consciousness as Viewed through the Judicial Iconography of the Madras High Court.” Asian Journal of Law and Society (Cambridge University Press) 1-23
  • Honorary Mention for this paper at the 2018 ALSA Conference in Gold Coast, Australia
  • Khorakiwala, Rahela, 2017. “Judicial Iconography and Access to Justice in the Bombay High Court.” South Asia Chronicle (7) 351-374.
  • Khorakiwala, Rahela, 2014. “Judicial Iconography in India.” Asian Journal of Legal Education (SAGE Publications India Pvt. Ltd.) 1, no. 2: 89-101.
  • Khorakiwala, Rahela, 2014. “The Indian Electoral Process and Negative Voting.” Government Law College Law Review 8: 77-97.