Sameer Rashid Bhat is a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) candidate in Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. He is pursuing his doctoral studies on the Rhodes Scholarship and the Clarendon Fund Scholarship.
Before his DPhil, Sameer read for the MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy (2019-20) at the Department of International Development, University of Oxford and for the Master of Public Policy (MPP) at Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government on the Rhodes Scholarship. Prior to Oxford, he obtained an undergraduate degree in law from Gujarat National Law University, India and is qualified to practice law in India.
At Oxford, Sameer is the co-chair of Oxford Pro Bono Publico (OPBP) for 2020-21. He is also the Blog Lead for Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR) where he previously served as the Chief Editor and Student Chairperson. In 2019, he worked as a Research Assistant at the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC), in the course of which, he authored a report on increasing accountability for crimes against children in armed conflicts.
He was also associated with the EURO-EXPERT Project as a Research Assistant. He now works as a Consultant for the project coordinating research on India.
Sameer’s research interests include international law, constitutional law, human rights law, laws of the armed conflict, counterinsurgency policies and education policies.