Nishtha graduated with a B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) from National Law University, Delhi. Her primary research interests are in the field of criminal law, which she has explored from different perspectives through her work over the last five years. After graduating in 2017, she worked at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi to study and evaluate the regulation of emerging technologies, particularly assessing the impact of technologies such as narco-analysis, BEAP etc. on the investigative capacities of law enforcement agencies. She also clerked with a judge of the High Court of Delhi, primarily researching and drafting briefs on criminal law matters.

To further probe the working of the criminal justice system, she worked as a Law Officer at Wildlife Conservation Society-India, as part of their Counter Wildlife Trafficking team. At WCS, she designed and executed India’s first study on legal gaps in prosecution of wildlife crimes across 6 states.