Ujjwal Kumar Singh

Reader at the Department of Political Science, University of Delhi

Pratiksha Baxi

Assistant Professor in Sociology of Law, CSLG, JNU

Victorial Lobay

Phd researcher, anthropology, macquarie university, australia.

Radhika Singha

Radhikha Singh is a legal historian at CHS, JNU

Prabha Kotiswaran

Dr. Prabha Kotiswaran is a lecturer at the School of Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She has an S.J.D. and LL.M. from Harvard Law School and a B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, India.

Roopa Madhav

Roopa Madhav, currently a Research Fellow at IELRC, holds an LLM from New York University and a BA/LLB from National Law School of India University , Bangalore. She has been a visiting faculty at the National Law School, has worked with trade unions and was the President and Founder Member of the Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore. Her research interests include labour law, environmental law and human rights.

Kamala Sankaran

Kamala Sankaran teaches law in Delhi University's Faculty of Law.

Lalit Batra

Visiting Fellow, CSLG, JNU

Jennifer Jalal

Assistant Professor at CSLG in Urban Governance, JNU

Jaivir Singh

Assistant Professor, CSLG in Law and Economics, JNU

Kalpana Kannabiran

Kalpana Kannabiran is Professor of Sociology at NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, India and founder member of a women's collective, Asmita Resource Centre for Women where she coordinates research and legal outreach for women. She was Chair of RC32 (Women in Society) of the International Sociological Association from 2002-2006 and General Secretary of the Indian Association for Women’s Studies in1998-2000. Her areas of specialisation are Sociology of Law, Jurisprudence and Gender Studies. She received the Rockefeller Humanist in Residence Fellowship at Hunter college, CUNY 1992-1993 and VKRV Rao Award for Social Science Research in the field Social Aspects of Law in 2003 from the Indian Council for Social Science Research and the Institute of Social and Economic Change. A contributor to the Economic and Political Weekly and The Hindu, she has co-authored a volume of essays, De-Eroticizing Assault: Essays on Modesty, Honour and Power (Stree, Calcutta, 2002), co-edited Muvalur Ramamirthammal's Web of Deceit: Devadasi Reform in Colonial India (Kali for Women, New Delhi, 2003), edited The Violence of Normal Times: Essays on Women's Lived Realities (Women Unlimited in association with Kali for Women, Delhi, 2005); co-edited The Situated Politics of Belonging (London: Sage, 2006). She is also a contributor to the Routledge International Encyclopaedia on Women and the History of Science, Philosophy and Culture in Indian Civilisation, Volume IX Part 3 (New Delhi: Sage, 2005). Most recently, she has co-edited, Challenging the Rule(s) of Law: Essays on Colonialism, Criminology and Human Rights, Sage, New Delhi, forthcoming 2008. Kalpana was a Member of the Expert Group on the Equal Opportunities Commission, Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India in 2007-2008.

Navroz K Dubash

Associate Professor at CSLG, JNU

Gail Pearson

Gail Pearson
Room 514
H69 - The Economics and Business Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia
2007Journal Article/s
Pearson G 2007 'Consumer Law in the 21st century: Challenges and Opportunities', Competition and Consumer Law Journal, vol.15:1, pp. 1-6.

2006Journal Article/s
Pearson G 2006 'Risk and the consumer in Australian financial services reform', Sydney Law Review, vol.28:1, pp. 99-137.

Pearson G 2006 'The Place of codes of Conduct in Regulating Financial Services', Griffith Law Review, vol.15:2, pp. 333-69.

2005Journal Article/s
Pearson G 2005 'Consumer expectations and risk in implantable surgical devices: Courtney v. Medtel and Carey-Hazell', Competition & Consumer Law Journal, vol.13:2, pp. 139-157.

Pearson G 2005 'The ambit of unconscionability in relation to financial services', Company and Securities Law Journal, vol.23:2, pp. 195-219.

Pearson G, Fisher S and Ali P 2004 Commercial law: Commentary and materials, Law Book Co.

Book Section/s
Pearson G 2004 'Tradition, law and female suffrage movement in India' in Women's suffrage in Asia: Gender, nationalism and democracy, ed. M Roces and L Edwards, Routledge, London pp. 195-219.

2003Journal Article/s
Pearson G 2003 'Constructive possession and constructive delivery in transfer of title to goods', The University of New South Wales Law Journal, vol.26:1, pp. 159-178.

Pearson G 2003 'Finance brokers - a regulatory anomaly', Journal of Banking & Finance Law and Practice, vol.14:1, pp. 200-208.

Pearson G 2003 'The pregnant preposition and the definite and indefinite article: Sections 82 and 87 of the TPA damages for the whole or the part of the loss', Competition and Consumer Law Journal, vol.11:2, pp. 163-186.

Niraja Gopal Jayal

Professor, CSLG, JNU

Amit Prakash

Associate Professor, CSL, JNU

Dwijen Rangnekar

University of Warwick, Economist at the Law School

Flavia Agnes

Lawyer, Researcher and Author, Majlis, Bombay

Bishnu Mohapatra

Political Scientist,Ford Foundation

Bikram Jeet Batra

Visiting Fellow, CSLG, JNU
Researcher and Lawyer in Delhi

B S Chimni

Prof. BS Chimni, Centre for International Legal Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Pratap Bhanu Mehta

Pratap Bhanu Mehta, is the President and Chief Executive, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi.


Governance, Political Theory, Constitutional Law and Political Economy


B.A.(Philosophy, Politics and Economics) from Oxford University and Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University.


He was previously Visiting Professor of Government at Harvard University and Associate Professor of Government and of Social Studies at Harvard. He was also Professor of Philosophy and Law and Governance, JNU. He has published widely in reputed national and international journals in a variety of fields including, political philosophy, intellectual history, constitutional law, international politics, society and politics in India. His most recent book are "The Burdens of Democracy" and "Public Institutions in India: Performance and Design". He has been a prolific contributor to public debates and his columns have regularly appeared in The New Republic, Foreign Policy, The Hindu, Indian Express, Telegraph, Yale Global, and numerous other papers. He has served as Editorial Consultant to the Indian Express. He is co-editor of The Oxford Companion to Politics in India (forthcoming), and serves on the editorial board of numerous journals. He has lectured widely in universities in the United States, Britain, New Zealand, Europe and Japan.

Current Research:

Mehta's current research projects center around four themes. The first is understanding India's Great Transformation, the profound social, political and economic changes of the last two decades, and the trajectory they are likely to take in the future. This will result in a book. The second project looks at the role of law in Indian society. It will specifically focus on the justiciability of social and economic rights, and whether judicial intervention is a good means of achieving those objectives. This project will result in a series of papers. The third project - a collaborative project-related to the first two is on Globalization and the Indian State, that looks at the legitimacy challenges facing the Indian State in an era of globalization. The fourth project continues Mehta's long standing interest in philosophical ethics and explores what it means to lead an examined life. In addition Mehta will continue to perform the role of loyal opposition and engage the public and government through columns on topical issues.

Select Publications:

The Burden of Democracy (Penguin)

(editor, with Devesh Kapur)India's Public Institutions (Oxford)

(editor) Hindu Nationalism and Indian Politics (Oxford)

India's Parliament as an Institution of Accountability (Inter Parliamentary Union, Geneva)


The Consolations of Modernity

Religion, Law and Constitutionalism in Modern India

Co editor (with Niraja Jayal) The Oxford Companion to Politics in India

Select Articles:

Self Interests and Other Interests in K. Haakonsen (edited) The Cambridge Companion to Adam Smith (Cambridge University Press, 2005)

From State Sovereignty to Human Security (via Institutions) in Terry Nardin and Melissa Williams (edited) Humanitarian Intervention (New York University Press, 2005)

India's Judiciary: The Promise of Uncertainty in P. Mehta and Devesh Kapur (edited) India's Public Institutions (Oxford University Press, 2005)

Indian Higher Education Reform: From Half Baked Socialism to Half Baked Capitalism, CID Working Paper, Harvard University (co-author Devesh Kapur)

Cosmopolitanism and the Circle of Reason, Political Theory, Vol.28, No.5, 2000, pp. 619-639

The Ethical Irrationality of the World: Max Weber and Hindu Ethics, Critical Horizons, Vol.2, No.2, 2001, pp 203-227

Empire and Moral Identity, Ethics and International Affairs, Volume 17. No 2, 2003

The Inner Conflict of Constitutionalism in Sreedharan, Hasan, Sudarshan (edited) India's Living Constitution (Permanent Black)

Democracy, Accountability and Governance, UNRISD, Geneva, 1999

Hinduism and Self Rule, Journal of Democracy, Volume 15, No 3. 2004 reprinted in Larry Diamond (ed) World Religions and Democracy (Johns Hopkins University Press)

Secularism and the Identity Trap in Mushirul Hasan (edited) Will Secular India Survive? (Imprint One)

Hinduism and Modernity in Lawrence Harrison (edited) Developing Cultures: Essays on Cultural Change (Routledge, 2005)

Language Rights and Language Policy: The Case of Urdu in S.Khurshid (edited) The Future of Urdu (Oxford)

Affirmation Without Reservation, Economic and Political Weekly, 24 (7)

The Constraints on Electoral Mobilization, Economic and Political Weekly, Dec 2004

Rousseau, Education and the Quest for Dignity, Contemporary Education Dialogue, Vol 2. No 1.

The Trajectory of Indian Nationalism, in Sumit Ganguly and Neil De Votta (edited) Understanding Contemporary India (Westview)

A Democratic Conception of Toleration in Russell Hardin and Ingrid Crepell (ed.) Toleration: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (New York: Russell Sage)

Naipaul and the Burdens of History in P. Pawar (ed.) V. S. Naipaul: Critical Perspcectives

The Nuclear Politics of Self Esteem, Current History, Dec, 1998

India 1998: Asian Survey, Vol.39. No.1 1999, pp. 163-177

The Dilemmas of Muslim Politics in Chaitanya (edited) Fascism in India (Konark)

Ethnicity and Violence in South Asia, Pacific Affairs, Vol.71. No.3, 1998, pp.377-397

Fragmentation Amongst Consensus, Journal of Democracy, Vol.8, No.1, 1997, pp.56-70

Pluralism After Liberalism, Critical Review, Vol. 11, No.4, 1997, pp. 503-519

Ideology in India After the Cold War (with Atul Kohli) in Melzer and Zinman (ed.) The Future of Ideology, Kansas University Press)

India's Disordered Democracy, Pacific Affaris, Vol 64. No 4., 1992

Democracy and the Idea of Social Cooperation in A Common Cause (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2002)

Anuj Bhuwania

Phd, Department of Anthropology, Columbia University
Visiting Fellow, CSLG, JNU

Lavanya Rajamani

Lavanya Rajamani is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi. She is an international lawyer specializing in environment law and policy. She was previously University Lecturer in Environmental Law and Fellow and Director of Studies in Law at Queens' College, Cambridge. She has a B.C.L and D.Phil. from Oxford where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and an LL.M from Yale.

Rajamani has authored a Monograph on Differential Treatment in International Environmental Law (OUP, 2006) and numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals including the Yearbook of International Environmental Law and the Journal of Environmental Law. In her current research she is exploring ways of further integrating developing countries into international environmental regimes, in particular the climate change regime, and studying national laws and policies in select developing countries (Brazil, China and India) implementing international climate change law. She is also writing a book provisionally titled International Environmental Law in Indian Courts: the Vanishing Line between Rhetoric and Law.

Rajamani has been invited to serve as Director of Studies for the 2008 research session on Implementation of International Environmental Law at the Hague Academy of International Law. She works as a consultant to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Secretariat, and has worked with the UNDP, the World Bank, the Alliance of Small Island States, and the International Institute of Sustainable Development. She is associated with the Yale Centre for Environmental Law and Policy, and serves on the editorial board of the Review of European Community and International Environmental Law.

Prabhu Mohapatra

Prabhu Mohapatra teaches history at the University of Delhi. His special interest is in Economic and Social History of Modern India, Migration and Diaspora history and Labour History . His current work centres around the long term pattern of Regulation of Labour relations and labour market in India. In which he explores the entrenchment and enforcement of Contractual relations in India specially in the Labour market and the workplace. Some of his published essays dealing with Law and labour relations are as follows.

1)( Forthcoming)" From Status to Contract: Or How Law shaped Labour Relations in Colonial India"
in Jan Breman etal (ed) Debt Bondage in India

2)(Co authored with T.C.A Ananat, R.Hasan, R Nagraj and S.Sasikumar)
"Labor Markets in India: Issues and Perspectives" ( Author of the Section on Labour
Law and Trends in Industrial Relations ) in Labor Markets in Asia : Issues and
Perspectives (ed) Jesus Felipe and Rana Hasan , Palgrave MacMillan ,New York,

3) "Regulated Informality: Legal Construction of Labour Relations in Colonial India
1814-1926" in Workers in Informal Sector: Studies in Labour History 1800-2000 (ed
Sabyasachi Bhattacharya and Jan Lucassen), Macmillan 2005

4) " Assam and the West Indies: 1860-1920 : Immobilising Plantation Labour" in D.Hay
and P.Craven (ed) Masters ,Servants and Magistrates in Britain and the Empire: Criminalisation
of Free Labour 16th-20th Century" , University of North Carolina Press (American Law
Library Series) 2004.

5) "Restoring the Family: Wife Murders and the Making of a Sexual Contract for
Indian Indentured Labourers in the British Caribbean Colonies" in Studies in History,
Vol. 10,No 2, 1995, Sage New Delhi.

6) (Coauthored with Rana P. Behal) "Tea and Money versus Human Lives: The Rise
and Fall of Indentured system in Assam Tea Plantations 1840-1908. "in Journal of
Peasant Studies, Vol, No2 1992,Frank Cass, London.

Ruchi Chaturvedi

Ruchi Chaturvedi
Visiting Assistant Professor
118 Wright Hall
Northampton, MA 01060

Michael Nijhawan

Michael Nijhawan
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
York University
2146 Vari Hall
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON, M3J 1P3

Nandini Sundar

Nandini Sundar, Professor, Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics

Werner Menski

Werner Menski
Professor of South Asian Laws

Prakash Shah

Dr. Prakash Shah
Senior Lecturer
Department of Law, Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road
London E1 4NS

Alexander Fischer

Alexander Fischer teaches public law and comparative constitutional law at the School of Law, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He was a Visiting Fellow (2004/2005) at the Centre for Law and Governance, JNU, New Delhi and taught at the South Asia Institute of the University of Heidelberg before shifting to London. Research interests: Constitutional and Comparative Constitutional Law, Constitutional Theory, Federalism, Law and Courts, Law and Politics, Laws of South Asia

Peter B. Andersen

Dr. Peter B. Andersen
Ass.Prof., Ph.D.

Dept. of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
University of Copenhagen
Artillerivej 86
DK-2300 Copenhagen S.

Balakrishnan Rajagopal

Balakrishnan Rajagopal
Ford Associate Profesor of Law and Development
Director, MIT Program on Human Rights & Justice
Room 9-518, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridg, MA 02139

Siddharth Narrain

Siddharth Narrain is a legal researcher at The Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore. His areas of interest include, sexuality rights, media laws and judicial decisions related to socio-economic rights in India. Mr Narrain has worked s a journalist for Frontline Magazine and The Hindu newspaper in New Delhi, writing extensively on socio-legal and human rights issues. He graduated from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore and the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai.

Jayanth K Krishnan

William Mitchell College of Law

Publications: Articles and Essays
"Toward the Next Generation of Galanter-Influenced Scholars: The Reach of a Law-and-Society Founder." Law and Contemporary Problems (forthcoming 2008). With Stewart Macaulay.

"Scholarly Discourse and the Cementing of Norms: The Case of the Indian Supreme Court and a Plea for Research." 9 Journal of Appellate Practice and Process, (forthcoming 2008). Click here for full draft text on SSRN.

"Outsourcing and the Globalizing Legal Profession," 48 William and Mary Law Review 2189 (2007). Click here for a full draft text on SSRN. Full text on Lexis and Westlaw.

"Analyzing the Friedman Thesis through a Legal Lens," 81Tulane Law Review 923 (2007). Full text on Lexis and Westlaw.

“Lawyering for a Cause and Experiences from Abroad,” 94 California Law Review 575 (2006). Click here for full draft text on SSRN. Full text on Lexis and Westlaw.

“Transgressive Cause Lawyering in the Developing World: The Case of India,” in The Worlds Cause Lawyers Make: Structure and Agency in Legal Practice (eds., Austin Sarat and Stuart Scheingold, Stanford University Press, 2005).

“From the ALI to the ILI: The Efforts to Export an American Legal Institution,” 38 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 1255 (2005). Click here for full draft text on SSRN. Full text on Lexis and Westlaw.

“Professor Kingsfield Goes to Delhi: American Academics, the Ford Foundation, and the Development of Legal Education in India,” 46 American Journal of Legal History 447 (2004). Full text on Westlaw. Click here for full draft text on SSRN.

"Bread for the Poor: Access to Justice and the Rights of the Needy in India,” 55 Hastings Law Journal 789 (2004). With Marc Galanter. Full text on Lexis and Westlaw. Full text on SSRN.

"India's Patriot Act: POTA and the Impact on Civil Liberties in the World’s Largest Democracy," 22 Law and Inequality 265 (2004). Full text on Lexis and Westlaw.

"Mobilizing Immigrants," 11 George Mason Law Review 695 (2003). Full text on Westlaw.

"The Rights of the New Untouchables: A Constitutional Analysis of HIV Jurisprudence in India" 25 Human Rights Quarterly 791 (2003). Full text on SSRN.

"Social Policy Advocacy and the Role of the Courts in India." 21 The American Asian Review 91 (2003). Full text on SSRN.

"Debased Informalism," in Beyond Common Knowledge: Empirical Approaches to the Rule of Law (eds. Thomas Heller & Erik Jensen, Stanford University Press, 2003). With Marc Galanter.

“So Help Me God: A Comparative Study of Religious Interest Group Litigation." 30 Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law 233 (2002). With K. den Dulk. Full text on Lexis and Westlaw.

"Perceptions and Interpretations of Law from Past to Present in the Subcontinent." 34 George Washington International Law Review 639 (2002). Full text on Lexis and Westlaw.

"Public Interest Litigation in a Comparative Context." 20 Buffalo Public Interest Law Journal 19 (2001-2002). Full text on Lexis and Westlaw.

"Personal Law and Human Rights in India and Israel." 34 Israel Law Review 101 (2000). With M. Galanter. Full text on Lexis.

"Lawyers Seeking Clients: Clients Seeking Lawyers: Sources of Contigency Fee Cases and Their Implications for Case Handling." 21 Law & Policy 347 (1999). With H. Kritzer.

Publications: Books
Law and Hinduism (Advance Contract from Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2008) co-edited with Timothy Lubin and Donald Davis.

Publications: Anthology & Encyclopedic Entries
“Law and Society in India,” in Encyclopedia of Law and Society: American and Global Perspectives (ed., David S. Clark, Sage Publications, 2006).

"India" in Volume 2 Legal Systems of the World 693. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2002. H. Kritzer, editor.

Publications: Short Book Reviews
Review of Journal of National Human Rights Commission, India (Inaugural Edition). Published by The National Human Rights Commission (India) 2002. 26 Human Rights Quarterly 542 (2004).

Book Review. Judicial Activism in India: Transgressing Borders and Enforcing Limits, by S.P. Sathe. 13 Law and Politics Book Review (February 2003).

Book Review. Jurists and Judges: An Essay on Influence, by Neil Duxbury, 11 Law and Politics Book Review 472 (2001).

Anupama Rao

Anupama Rao
Assistant Professor, History
416C Lehman, Barnard College
3009 Broadway
New York, NY 10027-6598
212-854-8547; 212-854-0559(fax)
Prior Position
Assistant Professor/Postdoctoral Fellow, Global Histories, Draper Program in Humanities and Social Thought, New York University, 1998-2001.

University of Michigan, Ph.D. August 1999, Interdepartmental Program in Anthropology and History
Awards and Fellowships
*NEH Fellowship [calendar year 2004]
*Charter Fellowship in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Oxford University.
*NEH Summer Stipend, June 1-July 31, 2001.
*Postdoctoral Fellow, Sawyer Seminar “The Production of the Past: History in the Making,” Columbia University, September 1999-May 2000
*Fellow, International Institute, University of Michigan, Advanced Study Seminar on “Violence and Ethics.”
*Rackham Predoctoral Dissertation Grant, University of Michigan, 1997-1998
*Rackham Dissertation/Thesis Grant and Hewlett International Dissertation Grant, University of Michigan, 1996
*American Institute of Indian Studies Junior Research Fellowship, January 1996- December 1996
*Social Science Research Council/ACLS International Dissertation Award
*Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities (1992-1997)

Books, Articles
The Caste Question: Struggles for Civil Rights and Recognition by Untouchables in India, 1927-1991 (University of California Press, forthcoming 2008)

“The Gender of Caste and Sexual Economies of Violence,” Feminist Studies (under review).
“Affect, Memory, and Materiality: An Essay on Archival Mediation,” (a review essay) Comparative Studies in Society and History (forthcoming Spring 2008)

“Death of a Kotwal: Injury and the Politics of Recognition,” Subaltern Studies XIII. New Delhi: Permanent Black, 2005.

“Problems of Violence, States of Terror: Torture in Colonial India,” special issue “Discipline and the Other Body,” Interventions: Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2001: 186-205. [reprinted in Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XXXVI, No. 43, October 27, 2001: 4125-4133; reprinted in Postcolonial Passages. ed.Saurabh Dube. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2003.]

"Understanding Sirasgaon: Notes Towards Conceptualizing the Role of Law, Caste, and Gender in a Case of 'Atrocity' , " Thamyris, Amsterdam, Volume 4, Number 1, Spring 1997: 103-136.[guest edited by Prof. Rajeswari Sunder Rajan] reprinted in Signposts: Gender Issues in Post-Independence India. New Delhi: Kali for Women, 1998.
Edited Volumes
Crime Through Time (co-edited with Saurabh Dube), a reader for Oxford University Press, India (forthcoming 2008).

Discipline and the Other Body: Correction, Corporeality, Colonialism. (co-edited with Steven Pierce), Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2006

Gender and Caste: Contemporary Issues in Indian Feminism, for a series on Indian feminism, guest editor Rajeswari Sunder Rajan, New Delhi: Kali for Women, 2003 (hardback). Paperback published Spring 2005 in India; co-published internationally by Zed Books, Summer 2005.

Violence, Vulnerability, and Embodiment: A Gender and History Reader. London: Blackwells, Summer 2005.

Journal Special Issues
Co-editor with Shani D’Cruze, “Violence, Vulnerability, and Embodiment,” a special issue of Gender and History, Volume 16, Number 3, November 2004.

Co-editor with Steven Pierce, “Discipline and the Other Body,” Interventions: Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2001.

Essays in Edited Volumes and Special Issues
“Who is the Dalit? The Emergence of a New Political Subject,” in a festschrift in honor of Eleanor Zelliot, Oxford University Press (forthcoming winter 2007).

“Ambedkar and the Politics of Minority: A Reading,” in From the Colonial to the Postcolonial: India and Pakistan in Transition, eds. Dipesh Chakrabarty, Rochona Mazumdar and Andrew Sartori, Oxford University Press, 2007.

“Dalit Selfhood and Problem of Representation,” Seminar special issue on “Dalit Perspectives,” February 2006.

“Sexuality, and the Family-Form,” in a symposium on Marriage, Sexuality, and Community, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XL, No. 8, February 19, 2005: 715-718.

“Testifying to Violence: Gujarat as a State of Exception?” in Elizabeth Castelli and Janet Jakobsen eds. Interventions: Activists and Academics Respond to Violence. (New York: Palgrave and MacMillan, 2004.

Malavika Kasturi

Malavika Kasturi
Department of History
University of Toronto

Jinee Lokaneeta

Jinee Lokaneeta is an Assistant Professor in Political Science at Drew
University, Madison, New Jersey.Jinee's research is on Torture in
Contemporary Liberal Democracies focusing on the United States and India
..Her areas of interest include Public Law, Jurisprudence, Civil
Liberties, Political Theory (Postcolonial, Feminist and Marxist theory)
and Cultural Studies.

Sally E Merry

Sally Engle Merry is Professor of Anthropology and of Law and Society at New York University. Her work explores the role of law in urban life in the US, in the colonizing process, and in contemporary transnationalism. She is currently doing a comparative, transnational study of human rights and gender. She was previously on the faculty of Wellesley College, where she was the Marion Butler McLean Professor in the History of Ideas and Professor of Anthropology. Her recent books are Colonizing Hawai’i: The Cultural Power of Law (Princeton Univ. Press, 2000), which received the 2001 J. Willard Hurst Prize from the Law and Society Association, Human Rights and Gender Violence: Translating International Law into Local Justice (University of Chicago Press, 2006), and The Practice of Human Rights: Tracking Law between the Local and the Global, (co-edited with Mark Goodale; Cambridge University Press, 2007). She has authored or edited four other books: Law and Empire in the Pacific: Hawai’i and Fiji (co-edited with Donald Brenneis, School of American Research Press, 2004), The Possibility of Popular Justice: A Case Study of American Community Mediation (co-edited with Neal Milner, Univ. of Michigan Press, 1993), Getting Justice and Getting Even: Legal Consciousness among Working Class Americans (University of Chicago Press, 1990), and Urban Danger: Life in a Neighborhood of Strangers (Temple University Press, 1981). She has recently published articles on women's human rights, violence against women, and the process of localizing human rights. She is past-president of the Law and Society Association and the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology and currently a member of the Executive Boards of the American Anthropological Association and the Law and Society Association.

Sudhir Krishnaswamy

sudhir krishnaswamy
.A. LL.B (Hons) (1998) National Law School of India University , Bachelor of Civil Laws (BCL) (2000) Oxford University .

He is Asst. Professor at National Law School of India University, Banaglore

His areas of interest includes Jurisprudence, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Intellectual Property Rights Law, Legal Methods.

Daphne Barak-Erez

Prof. Daphne Barak-Erez
Stewart and Judy Colton Chair of Law and Security
Faculty of Law
Tel-Aviv University

Rukmini Sen

Rukmini Sen

Academic Qualifications

Submitted PhD thesis to the University of Calcutta, July 2007
Topic: “Gendered Construction on Culture of Silence/Insignificant Articulation”
Completed Masters in Sociology from CSSS, JNU in 2000
Completed Graduation in Sociology from Presidency College, Kolkata in 1998

Academic Experiences
• Presently working as Lecturer in Sociology at The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata since December 2004. Offering LLB Optional courses on Disability and Law and Law, Culture and Pluralism besides co-teaching Sociology of Law and an LLM course on Law and Social Change
• Visiting Faculty at the M Phil course on Women’s Studies in the Women’s Studies Research Centre at the University of Calcutta teaching a module on Feminist Methodology since July 2005.
• Resource person at the Administrative Training Institute, Kolkata training government officials on various human rights related issues since 2007
Papers Presented
• Presented a paper on Laws relating to Sexual Harassment of Women in Workplaces at the JD Birla Institute, Department of Home Science and Commerce in a Seminar on Emerging issues to Empower Women in October, 2007
• Presented a paper jointly with Prof Ved Kumari of the University of Delhi on Image of Family in Women’s Narratives and its interface with Family Law Curriculum at NUJS in August, 2007
• Presented a paper on Silenced Voices in Women’s Autobiographies organized by the Women’s Studies Unit, JNU, Delhi in April, 2007
• Presented a paper on Women and Partition Narratives: Experiences, Emotions and Expectations at a National Workshop on Women’s Histories, Women’s Narratives commemorating Lila Majumdar’s Birth Centenary, organized by Jadavpur University, School of Women’s Studies in March 2007
• Presented a paper on Democracy and Gender in a national seminar on Democracy and Democratization organized by Jadavpur University, International Relations Department under the UGC-ASIHSS programme in March 2007
• Presented a paper on Silenced Women, Talking Women: Women Narrating Conflict at the All India Women’s Studies (Eastern Region) Conference in February, 2007
• Presented a paper on Integrating Sociology in Law School Curriculum: Discontent, Dilemma, Direction in a Workshop on Mapping Practices in Sociology and Thinking the Role of Social Sciences in India at JNU in January 2007
• Presented a paper on Courtroom Dramas: Juxtaposition of ‘Objective’ Truths and Empathetic Listening? at the XXXIInd All India Conference of the Indian Sociological Society in Chennai, December 2006
• Presented a paper on Women, Violence and Human Rights in a panel discussion on Status of Women in India at Gokhale Memorial College, Kolkata in December 2006
• Presented a paper on Analysis of the Domestic Violence Act, 2006 in a panel discussion on Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act organized by Jadavpur University Women’s Studies Department in December 2006
• Presented a paper Law’s Perception of Sexuality: Morality vs. Objectivity on the Closing Plenary of the IVth International Congress on Folk Law and Legal Pluralism held at the University of Indonesia, Jakarta In June 2006
• Presented a paper at the annual International SHARP Conference on Women’s Personal Narratives: Creating Women’s History at Jadavpur University in January 2006
• Presented a paper on Sociological Insight into Women’s Lives in the Private Sphere at the All India Women’s Conference Seminar on Personal Laws and Women’s Rights: The Indian Experience in January 2006
• Presented a paper on Sociology in Law Schools: An Emerging Pedagogy at the All India Sociological Conference at Jaipur organized by the Rajasthan Sociological Association in December 2005.
• Presented a paper on the Background and Existing Provisions of the Bengal Vagrancy Act, 1943 as a part of a Workshop on Bengal Vagrancy Act, 1943: Recommendations for Change organized by the Centre for Women and Law, The WB National University of Juridical Sciences and Action Aid International—India, in November 2005.
• Given a Faculty Seminar at NUJS on Laws and Women’s Lives—an unbridgeable fissure? Bengali Women’s Autobiographies and Social Reform Legislations in the 19th century in August 2005.
• Given a Faculty Seminar at NUJS on Sociology, Criminal Law and Social Order: An Interdisciplinary Perspective in January 2004.
• Presented a paper entitled “A Sociological Approach to the legal principles dealing with Persons with Disabilities” at a Seminar on Socialisation of Women with Disabilities, organized by Calcutta University, Women’s Research Centre and Action Aid, India on 5th December 2003.
• Presented a paper “Uniform Civil Code and Gender Just Laws” at a Seminar on “The Different Personal Laws in India” organized by State Commission for Women and National Commission for Women in association with National University of Juridical Sciences at NUJS on the 15th of March 2003.

Involved in a number of training programmes as resource person on issues related to women’s rights, rights of persons with disabilities and child rights

Active member of a women’s rights group in the city, Nari Nirjatan Pratirodh Mancha (Forum for Oppression against Women) and Maitri, a women’s network of NGOs and women activists in West Bengal