Academic Programmes

5-Year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.)



B.A.LL.B. (Hons.), National Law University, Odisha, India – 2014
LL.M., Harvard Law School – 2019
M.Sc. in Criminology, University of Oxford- 2022


Preeti’s interests in teaching and research revolve around the issues of criminal law and policy. She has previously worked at Project 39A, National Law University Delhi, where she undertook empirical research on capital sentencing in India. Her research interests include the disprate impact of the criminal justice system on the marginalised, with a focus on death penalty, sentencing law, and sexual offences. Preeti has also worked as a Summer Academic Fellow at Harvard Law School, where her research focused on unintended consequences of rape law amendment in India. At NLSIU, she hopes to use empirical research to influence pedagogy.

She is a recipient of the Chevening Scholarship (2021-22), the Roger Hood Prize in Criminology (2022), University of Oxford, the Routledge Prize for best dissertation in Criminology (2022), University of Oxford and the Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Scholarship (2018).


Journal Articles:

  • Rape Adjudication in India in the Aftermath of Criminal Law Amendment Act, 2013: Findings from
    Trial Courts of Delhi, 4(2) INDIAN LAW REVIEW 244-266 (2020).
  • Feminism and its Discontents: Punishing Sexual Violence in India, 28(1) INDIAN JOURNAL OF GENDER
    STUDIES (2021).
  • The Enduring Gaps and Errors in Capital Sentencing in India (with Dr. Anup Surendranath et.al.) 32(1) NATIONAL LAW SCHOOL OF INDIA REVIEW (2020).
  • Human Sacrifice, Sentencing and the Death Penalty: Failings of the Supreme Court of India (with Dr. Anup Surendranath et.al.) authored) 55(8) ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL WEEKLY (2020).
  • Penological Justifications as Sentencing Factors in Death Penalty Sentencing (with Dr. Anup Surendranath), 7(1), JOURNAL OF NATIONAL LAW UNIVERSITY DELHI (2020).

Research Reports:

  • Death Penalty Sentencing in Trial Courts: Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra (2000-2015), Project
    39A, National Law University, Delhi [May 2020].
  • Death Penalty Statistics in India, 2019, Project 39A, National Law University, Delhi [January 2020].

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