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Raeesa Vakil
Visiting Faculty of Law


  • JSD: Yale Law School (Ongoing)
  • LL M: Yale Law School 
  • BA, LL B (Hons.): National Law School of India University, Bengaluru

Awards and Honours

Raeesa Vakil was a research scholar at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, where she worked on issues concerning local government and Indian constitutional law. She is also a practising advocate and was admitted to the Bar in India in 2012. She has worked as an advocate in chambers at the Indian Supreme Court and as an associate counsel in a major Indian law firm, advising corporate clients on private equity, mergers, and acquisitions. Her dissertation for JSD focuses on the emergence of the Indian regulatory state, with reference to the role played by the judiciary in the development, functioning, and review of regulatory bodies in India.

Vakil has published on questions of Indian constitutional law with a focus on the jurisdiction, structure, and practice of the Indian Supreme Court.

Research Interests

  • Indian Regulatory State
  • Local Government
  • Constitutional Law
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