John Sebastian


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John Sebastian is a PhD candidate and Lecturer at Melbourne Law School. He is a member of the Constitution Transformation Network, the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies and the Asian Law Centre. His PhD research focuses on the special rights of linguistic and religious minorities in the Indian Constitution, and analyses the manner in which the Constitution engages with the many conflicting interests and values underlying the legal recognition of these identities.

John’s general research interests cover the areas of legal and political theory, constitutional law and criminal law. While largely focused on India, he is also interested in the use of comparative methods in his research. He has published on a range of issues in legal theory, constitutional and criminal law.

John is currently on leave from his position as an Assistant Professor of law at OP Jindal Global University in India. John was at OP Jindal University for over four years, where he taught constitutional law, criminal law and administrative law courses. Prior to that, he worked as a law clerk and research assistant to Justice Madan B Lokur in the Supreme Court of India for a year. John holds a BCL (Distinction) from the University of Oxford, where he was awarded the Tobias Law Prize, and a BA, LLB (Hons) from National Law University, Delhi.

Teaching (2022)

The Melbourne JD