Nikita Sonavane is a legal researcher and an advocate. She is the co-founder of the Criminal Justice and Police Accountability Project (CPAProject), a Bhopal based litigation and research intervention focused on building accountability against criminalisation of oppressed caste communities by the Police and the criminal justice system. Nikita has previously worked on issues of local governance, forest rights, and gender in Gujarat.
She graduated with a B.A. (Political Science) from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, LL.B. from Government Law College, Mumbai and an LL.M in Law and Development degree from Azim Premji University (APU), Bangalore. She is a visiting research fellow at the University of Oxford working on anti-discrimination law in India. Her writings have been at the intersection of policing, caste and digitisation of the criminal justice system in India and have been published by the AI Now Institute at NYU, Indian Express, the Hindu, Caravan among others.