Keerthana Medarametla (JW) completed her under graduate degree in law at National Law University, Delhi, and is part of the LL.M Class of 2018 at Harvard Law School. Her primary areas of interest are access to justice, criminal justice system, and gender. Prior to her LL.M degree, She worked briefly with the Corporate Legal Team at ICICI Bank Pvt. Ltd before making a shift to the Centre for Constitutional Law, Policy, and Governance (CLPG) at National Law University, Delhi. At CLPG, she was a Senior Research Fellow and was in-charge of phase 1 of the Prison Advocacy Project that focused on under-trial incarceration and convictions under Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act in the State of Delhi. She worked extensively on prisoner’s rights, and bail law reform. While working at CLPG, she also had the opportunity to be involved with the drafting of India’s UPR Report presented to the UN Human Rights Council in May 2017 and to work on surrogacy in India. She wants to continue pursuing my interest in crime, and women’s rights.
Sannoy Das is an Assistant Professor at Jindal Global Law School. He teaches courses in civil procedure, international trade and history of the international economic regulation, and reads and writes in the areas of law and political economy, law and the history of capitalism.
Case: Charan Lal Sahu v. UOI https://indiankanoon.org/doc/299215/
Pullat Urmila is a lawyer and researcher and runs the India desk for the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC/Hong Kong). AHRC is a regional organization that works on the monitoring and advocacy of human rights issues in Asia, to mobilize action at the local, regional and international levels. Currently seconded to India, she works on issues of human rights violations, rule of law and criminal justice reform, with a focus on police torture and custodial violence. She also runs the website project How Revealing, an online repository of experiences of gender-based violence and is working to contribute toward changing the narrative surrounding gender justice and sexual assault, mainly in India. She has a B.A from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore, an LLB from ILS Law College, Pune and a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from the University of Oxford.
Diksha Sanyal has obtained a BA( (LLB) hons degree from the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences in 2016. She worked with the Centre for Law and Policy Research, Bangalore as a litigator and researcher. She is a Research Fellow at Vidhi and is engaged with the Justice, Access, and Lowering Delays in India (JALDI) Project
Arijeet Ghosh has obtained a BA (LLB) hons degree from Gujarat National Law University in 2015. He has a masters in law (LLM) with a specialisation in Human Rights from University College London in 2016. He was a consultant with the 21st Law Commission of India and has been a Research Fellow with the Judicial Reforms Initiative at the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy.
Nikita Sonavane is a Research Associate with the Centre for Social Justice, Ahmedabad. She works on issues of local governance, forest rights, and gender in the Adivasi region of Dang in Gujarat. She holds a BA (Political Science) degree from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, and a L.L.B degree from Government Law College, Mumbai. She also holds a LLM (Law and Development) degree from Azim Premji University, Bangalore. She has published a paper which examined the cause (s) of low conviction in rape cases under the Prevention of Atrocities Act in the district of Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh. Her Master’s thesis dealt with the subject of interpretation of consent in promise to marry cases at the Karnataka High Court.
Dr. Sanjay Jain is Associate Professor at the ILS Law College, Pune. He has put in 20 years as teacher. He is Coordinator of Centre for Public Law and Equal Opportunity cum enabling cell, and the Director of Research Centre affiliated to Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune at ILS Law College. He is a ‘disability rights activist’. His areas of specialization are Disability rights jurisprudence, Comparative Constitutional Law, Feminism, legal theory, International trade law. His doctoral thesis is on ‘Feminism and Constitutional Law’. He has published a number of books and Articles, prominent among which is “Basic Structure Constitutionalism – Revisiting Kesavanada Bharati’ (2011, Co-edited with Ms, Sathya Narayan). He has presented more than 50 papers in International, National and State level Conferences. Presently he is editing V.D. Mahajan’s ‘Constitutional Law’ 8th Edition. He is one of the members of Advisory board of ‘Indian Law Review’ Journal Published by Taylor and Francis and Consulting Editor in the Journal of Disability Studies and Policy Research initiated by Centre for Disability Studies and Action, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
Case: Neera Mathur v. LIC
Dr Kanika Sharma is a Lecturer at the School of Law, SOAS University of London where she convenes modules on Law and Society in South Asia and Legal Systems of Asia and Africa. Sharma obtained her PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London, where her thesis analysed the use of images and architecture in Indian political trials and their relation to nationalism. Her published works focus on the trial of the assassins of Gandhi, the role of the Red Fort in Indian political trials, and the development and role of the figure of Mother India in instituting legal subjectivity in the country. Her current research examines the colonial debate on age of consent and Muslims women's right to divorce in India.
Sandhya P R is an independent lawyer based in Bengaluru, India. She is currently engaged in providing legal services to clients operating in different sectors, including bio-technology, information technology and digital media. She completed her graduation in B.Sc Electronic Media from MOP Vaishnav College, Chennai, (2006-2009) and consequently pursued her LLB from ILS Law College, Pune (2009-2012). Upon enrolling with the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Bar Council in 2012, she started my practice as a trial lawyer in the lower courts at Chennai. She has subsequently worked with Dua Associates, Bengaluru and also with the legal and strategy team at ANI Technologies Private Limited (commonly known by the brand name ‘Ola’). Her areas of practice involve general corporate law, information technology law, consumer law and litigation.
Douglas McDonald-Norman is a sessional academic at the University of Technology Sydney and the Australian Catholic University. He previously worked as a researcher and solicitor with Craddock Murray Neumann Lawyers, Sydney. His articles have appeared in the Indian Historical Review, the Australian Journal on Human Rights, the National Law School of India Review, the Socio-Legal Review, the Alternative Law Journal and Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees. He is a regular contributor to Law and Other Things. His research interests include comparative public law and Indian constitutional history.
Case: State of Uttar Pradesh v Kaushaliya
Dr Laura Lammasniemi is an Assistant Professor at Warwick School of Law (UK) where she lectures on Criminal Law, and on Gender and the Law. Lammasniemi's research focuses on regulation of gender, class, and crime mainly from historical perspective. She completed her PhD at Birkbeck College (University of London); the thesis focused on the first legal measures against trafficking in women in England, 1880s-1920s, and the constructions of female victimhood and criminality within these measures. Her current research focuses on histories of trafficking and on regulation of age of consent in the British Empire.
Maithreyi Mulupuru is an academic researcher whose interests lie in feminism, tax law and legal education. She completed her JSM at Stanford University in 2015, obtained a Diploma in Cultural Studies from CSCS Bangalore in 2010, earned her LL.M. from Cambridge University in 2003 and got her primary degree in law, a BA, LL.B.(Hons.), from NLSIU in 2002. She has taught at NALSAR and NLSIU and been on the faculty at the National Judicial Academy.
Case:Commissioner of Income Tax v Indra Balakrishna
Shreya Munoth is a lawyer practicing human rights law with a focus on issues of gender justice in the Delhi High Court and Supreme Court of India. She graduated from National Law
University, Jodhpur in 2013 and went on to work with the litigation practice area in Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas and Co., New Delhi, for 3 years. She completed her postgraduate degree in law (BCL) at the University of Oxford in 2016-17. After the BCL, she undertook a fellowship at the Women’s Legal Centre in Cape Town, South Africa, jointly funded by the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights and Oxford Pro Bono Publico.
Case: Independent Thought v. Union of India
Gargi Mishra graduated from National Law University Jodhpur in 2013 with a Honors in International Law. She has worked on issues of child rights and gender justice with HAQ: Centre for Child Rights, Voice 4 Girls, Lawyers Collective Women's Rights Initiative and Sama. She has a Masters in Law with a specialisation in Access to Justice from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
Case: Independent Thought v. Union of India
Arpita Sarkar, Senior Research Associate, Jindal Global Law School Arpita teaches and writes on constitutional law related issues. She has a B.A.LL.B. (Hons.) degree from the W.B. National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata and an LL.M. degree in Comparative Constitutional Law from Central European University, Budapest. After her graduation from NUJS, she has worked as a law clerk with Justice V. Gopala Gowda, then sitting judge of the Supreme Court of India. As a law clerk, she has assisted the judge on a range of issues involving federalism, fundamental rights, labor law, compensation under Motor Vehicles Act, anti-terror laws, medical negligence, land acquisition issues among many others. Thereafter, she has worked as a Research Analyst with the World Bank where she was associated with land rights related projects. As a student of constitutional law and comparative constitutional law, she has written on secularism, socio-economic rights and rule of law within the framework of the Indian Constitution. She has also written on models of affirmative actions from separation of powers perspective in Canada, India and South Africa. She has served as an Editor with the Journal of Indian Law and Society, a peer reviewed journal run by NUJS and is associated with it in advisory capacity.
Case: Independent Thought v. Union of India