Sameer Rashid Bhat is a 2018 Rhodes Scholar from Kashmir (India) and a Master of Public Policy student at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. He graduated from Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) India in 2018 with a B.A. LL.B. (Hons.). His work experience ranges from internships with corporate law firms to research assistantships with government bodies. Sameer’s finest policy experience came through assisting a member of the Law Commission of India (tasked to initiate reforms in laws and policies) on electoral and judiciary policies.
At GNLU, Sameer helped establish the Centre for Law and Society, a community legal aid clinic and focal point for socio-legal research. He served as its Student Convener for 3 years, while also serving on the Moot Court Committee and taking on the role of the Managing Editor of the Indian Journal of Constitutional and Administrative Law. In his final year at GNLU, he also served as the Convener of the Student Welfare and Grievance Redressal Committee, a body that parleys with students and the university administration.