Faiza Rahman

PhD Candidate

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Faiza Rahman is a PhD candidate at Melbourne Law School and a member of the Constitution Transformation Network and the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies.

Faiza has experience in legal practice, legal research and public policy. Prior to joining Melbourne Law School, Faiza worked as a research fellow at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi, where she advised government agencies in areas of law and technology, and regulatory governance. She has also worked as a research fellow with the public law and judicial reforms verticals at Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, New Delhi and as an associate in the capital markets practice at Luthra & Luthra Law Offices, Mumbai.

Faiza has read for the BCL at the University of Oxford, UK, where she was awarded a full scholarship from the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. She holds a BA, LLB (Hons) degree from NALSAR University of Law, India.

Thesis Title

National Security, Constitutionalism and the Modern Indian State

Thesis Summary

The terms “national security” and “security of India” are employed routinely in political rhetoric, legislations and judicial decisions in India, and elsewhere. This “national security exception” is used by governments to impose restrictions upon or alter various constitutional guarantees and institutions. However, this exception has been invoked in a variety of contexts and in pursuit of a range of national and political ends, which has led to uncertainty over its scope and effect.

In this context, Faiza’s doctoral research seeks to study how the national security exception has been understood and conceptualised under the Indian Constitution, and explore the manner in which this exception has engaged with other countervailing constitutional values such as separation of powers, fundamental rights and federalism.


  • Administrative/Public Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Discrimination Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • India and South Asia Law
  • Information Technology Law
  • Media and Communications Law
  • Privacy Law
  • Regulatory Governance