Shohini Sengupta

PhD Candidate
B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) (NLIU, Bhopal, India); M.Sc. Law and Finance (University of Oxford)
Faculty of Law & Justice

Brief Overview

Shohini is a PhD student at the Faculty of Law & Justice (ARC Laureate PhD Scholarship in 'The Regulation of the Data Revolution'), working on the governance of digital identity in India. She has worked in the field of legislative policymaking, particularly on financial stability, bank resolution, and research at the intersection of finance and technology law. She has assisted the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, the Ministry of Petroleum, financial sector regulators, and the Fifteenth Finance Commission in India on several socio-economic and legal matters, including the Companies Amendment Bill, 2016, and the draft Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill, 2017. She has a Bachelor’s degree in law from the National Law Institute University, Bhopal, and a Master’s degree in Law and Finance from the University of Oxford on the Weidenfeld leadership scholarship. She is on leave from the Jindal School of Banking & Finance, where she is an Associate Professor and Visiting Fellow of the Centre for Research & Analysis in Finance, Technology & Law.”

Research Topic

Digital Identity as the Foundation for the Governance of a Digital Economy: Observations from India


Ross Buckley, Natalia Jevglevskaja, Kayleen Manwaring

Areas of Interest

Information technology law & policy, financial regulation, South Asia studies, fintech, legislative policy making

  1. The Oracle’s Foretelling & the Case for Ambiguity: Exploring the Prophesies of Fintech & Financial Surveillance, Indian Journal of Law and Technology, Special Issue on Fintech, NLSIU, Vol 18 [August (2022)] –
  2. Privacy and Data Protection in the Financial Sector: Banking Institutions and Digital Payments Paper No.1’, Fintech & Privacy Series for the ‘Privacy Law Library’ project, Centre for Communication Governance (CCG) at National Law University Delhi, [September (2022)] – forthcoming
  3. Financial Data Protection in Indian Regulatory Policy: From ‘Secrecy’ and ‘Confidentiality’ to ‘Privacy’, Journal of Indian Law and Society, NUJS, Vol 12(1) [Monsoon (2021)]
  4. Shohini Sengupta and Aishwarya Giridhar. “Political Economy of Communications and Media Regulation in India: Impact of Laws on Online Curated Content Centre for Research in Finance, Technology & Law”, Centre for Research in Finance, Technology & Law Working Paper No. 4/2021 by Shohini Sengupta, Aishwarya Giridhar :: SSRN
  5. Co–author for a commissioned study report for the Fifteenth Finance Commission on “Examination of the legal basis for conditional transfers to states and issues relating to performance-based incentives for states” Final report of the Commission captures recommendations in Chapters 2 & 3.
  6. Co-authored a policy paper on ‘Reforming the Governance Co-operative Banks in India: A Study of State & District Central Co-operative Banks in 10 States’ (2019).
  7. Prepared a policy paper ‘Securing our Future: Analysing the Regulatory Framework for Pensions in India’ (2018), and another policy paper on ‘Examining the Regulatory Framework for Pensions in India’ (2019).
  8. Contributor (South Asia region) to the 12th report of International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) on “State-Sponsored Homophobia –A World Survey of Sexual Orientation Laws: Criminalization, Protection and Recognition”.
  9. Volunteer for the ‘Oxford Pro Bono Publico’ on their Penal Reform International Project and wrote a paper on the jurisprudence and safeguards currently present in India for the prevention of human rights abuses during transfer of prisoners in December 2014-January 2015.
  10. Regular contributor to national newspapers including The Hindu, Financial Express, Business Standard, The Wire, Firstpost, Scroll etc. Last op-eds include Sengupta, Shohini, “Financial privacy must be recognised in India”, Hindustan Times (24th July 2021), and Sengupta, Shohini. “15th Finance Commission: Design Principles & Fiscal Transfers” Hindustan Times (21st August 2021)
  1. Curating an ‘Awareness Program on Insolvency and Bankruptcy Laws’ for the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India, May 2022
  2. Curating and teaching a 4 day course on ‘Insolvency and Bankruptcy Laws’ for the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) officials, January 2022
  3. Response to Meity’s draft IT [Intermediary Guidelines (Amendment) Rules], 2018
  4. Response to Meity’s draft Data Centre Policy, 2020
  5. Response to Ministry of Labour and Employment’s draft Code on Social Security, 2019
  1. Leading the CRAFT & Law Faculty Workshopping Seminars & paper presentation on ‘OTT regulation in India’, April 2022.
  2. Guest lecture on ‘Financial Regulation & Big Banks’, Amherst University, April 2021
  3. Paper presentation and panelist, Digital India and learnings from thereon, India Internet Governance Forum, November 2021
  4. Panelist on ‘Global Law School’s Summit 2021’, on ‘Disruptive Rights for Disruptive Technologies’, JGU, 2021
  5. Speaker at the Wiz law session on ‘Workshop on Essentials of Research & Drafting’
  6. Moderator, ‘MSMEs and E-commerce Platforms’, and ‘Future of Fintech Laws and Governance’, Global Finance Conclave, JGU, 2021
  7. Stakeholder consultation on ‘Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, 2020’, led by the CyberPeace Foundation, January 2021
  8. Expert consultation on designing community standards for India, Facebook, 2020.
  9. Moderated roundtable and presented paper on ‘Copyright Infringement and Enforcement in India’, organised by the Esya Centre, December 2019
  10. Panelist at the ‘Roadshow on Competition Law and Practice’ organised by the Competition Commission of India, November 2019.
  11. Panelist at FICCI Frames, 2019 on the ‘Framing of Technology Regulation in India’.
  12. Moderated a roundtable discussion by the Indian Music Industry on ‘Reimagining Radio Broadcasting in India’, October 2019
  13. Panelist at CyFy 2019 on technology and digital culture, organised by ORF, October 2019 
  1. ‘India's Struggling Financial Sector’, Episode 16, The Interlinked, Nickeled and Dimed
  2. ‘Response to Data Centre Policy’, Jindal Digest for Competition and Innovation Laws
  3. Financial regulation, Privacy & The India Stack Model, Episode 6, Jack of All Knowledge
  4. ‘Big Tech and Financial Stability’, Legal Synthesis