Nidhi Sahay

Thesis title: Seeking Refuge: A Study on Children’s Rights Approach to International Refugee Law


Nidhi Sahay is a PhD candidate at the Edinburgh Law School. Her thesis, ‘Seeking Refuge: A Study on Children’s Rights Approach to International Refugee Law,’ explores the interpretation of the refugee definition from a children’s rights perspective. She has been awarded the Modern Law Review Scholarship for pursuing her doctoral research. Nidhi holds a B.A., LL.B (Hons) degree from the National Law Institute University, India and an LLM from Columbia University School of Law. She is qualified to practice law in New York and India and has nearly 15 years of experience in legal practice and research. Before beginning her PhD research, she was a partner at a leading law firm in India and was recognized as a notable practitioner by the International Financial Law Review in 2018. Her research interests include public international law, children’s rights, and international refugee law.


Master of Laws, Columbia Law School

B.A., LL.B (Hons), National Law Institute University

Responsibilities & affiliations

Qualified to Practice Law in New York and India

Research summary

Public International Law. International Refugee Law. Children's Rights. International Migration. International Treaty Interpretation.

Current research interests

Nidhi's doctoral research is aimed at incorporating a children's rights approach for the determination of refugee status of children under the 1951 Refugee Convention.

Invited speaker

Presenter at 'Human Rights in 2020: Working paper series' organized by Northern UK Human Rights Groups. 18 November 2020

Presenter at '13th Trinity College Law Student Colloquium'. 6 February 2021

Presenter at 'Roundtable on Migration and Discrimination' organized by Edinburg Law School. 22 March 2024




Leiden University’s conference on the 10 years of the OPIC. April 2024