Christopher T. Fleming


Faculty Associate (2023-2026) / BA Student in Jurisprudence (2023-2026)

Faculty / College Address:

Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies | Harris Manchester College


Research Interests:

Dharmaśāstra, Mīmāṃsā, the Mahābhārata, and Indian legal history

Current Projects:

Equity and Trusts in Sanskrit Jurisprudence (book project)

Epic Jurisprudence: The Ownership of Kingdoms according to the Vivādabhaṅgārṇava (article project)

Courses Taught:

MPhil Set Texts - Brāhmaṇism: Mānavadharmaśāstra & Śābarabhāṣya

MPhil Set Texts – Vaiṣṇavism: Sāttvata Saṃhitā & Bhāgavatapurāṇa

Indian Law and History


"Dharmaśāstra and the Legal Personality of Deities in the Ayodhya Verdicts (2010 & 2019)." Contemporary South Asia (2023)

Science and Society in the Sanskrit World. Edited with Toke Knudsen, Anuj Misra, and Vishal Sharma (Leiden: Brill, 2023)

“Gambling with Justice: A Juridical Approach to the Game of Dice in the Dyūtaparvan of the Mahābhārata.” Journal of Hindu Studies (2021) 

Ownership and Inheritance in Sanskrit Jurisprudence (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020)

“Critical Legal Studies and Narrative Ethics in Contemporary Indian ‘Epic’ Fiction.” South Asian Studies (2017)


Christopher Fleming