Nikita Aggarwal is a Research Fellow at UCLA's School of Law, affiliated with the Institute for Technology, Law and Policy. Her research and teaching interests lie in financial regulation, consumer law, law and technology, philosophy of law, and international economic law. Her current research examines the evolving relationship between consumer credit markets, technological innovation, and distributive justice, as well as the growing nexus between social media platforms and financial markets. She was previously a Technology and Human Rights Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. She has also held visiting and affiliated research positions at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project, the Oxford Internet Institute, the Oxford Faculty of Law, and Queen Mary University of London.
Prior to academia, she was a lawyer for the International Monetary Fund where she advised countries on financial and fiscal law reform and worked extensively on initiatives to reform the legal framework for sovereign debt restructuring. She continues to advise the IMF as a short-term expert. She began her legal career at Clifford Chance LLP, where she specialized in EU financial regulation and sovereign debt restructuring. Aggarwal received her B.A. in law (LL.B., first class honours) at the London School of Economics and Political Science and is completing a Ph.D. (DPhil) in law at the University of Oxford. She is a Solicitor of England and Wales.