Justice B. N Srikrishna

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Bellur Narayanaswamy Srikrishna, is an Indian jurist and a retired Judge of the Supreme Court of India. He is currently the chairman of the Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission (FSLRC). From 1993–98, he headed the Commission of Inquiry, the “Srikrishna Commission” as it became known, which investigated causes and apportioned blame for the Bombay Riots of 1992–93.

Justice Ruma Pal

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Justice Ruma Pal was a judge of the Supreme Court of India until her retirement in 2006. She read for her B.C.L degree at St Anne’s College, Oxford and started practice in 1968 in Civil, Revenue, Labour and Constitutional matters in the Calcutta High Court. After a long and distinguished career as an advocate, she was appointed Judge in the Calcutta High Court on August 6, 1990. She was appointed to Supreme court of India on January 28, 2000, the day of the Golden Jubilee of the court. Justice Pal has delivered many critical judgements in famous cases. She has written on a number of human rights issues.She is also a member of the International Forum of Women Judges. She has also edited many text-books for legal studies including famous book on Indian Constitutional Law by Prof. M P Jain, which is considered as an authority. She is also the Chancellor of Sikkim University.

Indira Jaising

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Indira Jaising is the Founder-Secretary of the Lawyers Collective. She is the former Additional Solicitor General of India (2009-2014). she was nominated by the Government of India to serve on the CEDAW Expert Committee. She has authored several books on Domestic Violence and Sexual Harassment at work place. She is a distinguished visiting faculty at University of Pennsylvania Law School. She currently practices law at the Supreme Court of India.

Anand Grover

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Anand Grover is a designated Senior Advocate, practicing in the Supreme Court of India, the Director of the HIV/AIDS Unit of Lawyer’s Collective (India), and the former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health (2008-2014). In his regular practice, Mr. Grover has argued several landmark cases in the field of public interest and human rights law. During his time as the UN Special Rapporteur he focused his reports to promote non-discrimination, empower vulnerable groups and ensure meaningful participation of affected communities.

Mihir Desai

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Mihir Desai is a human rights lawyer, practising as senior counsel in the High Court of Mumbai and Supreme Court of India. He is co-founder of Indian People’s Tribunal and Human Rights Law Network. He was the former Director of India Centre for Human Rights and Law and was co-founder of magazine Combat Law. He has handled cases on fake encounters, mass murders, riots, custodial deaths etc. In 2003 he assisted the Asian Human Rights Commission in their fight on behalf of the Tribal population to remain on land claimed by the Maharashtra State Farming Corporation. In 2005/06 he was co-convener of an IPT team that investigated communal violence in Orissa.

Mohan Katarki

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Mr. Mohan Katarki practises in the Supreme Court of India. Mr Katarki served as a Member of the National Law School of India University, Bangalore (2005-2008). At present, he is a member of the Advisory Board, Karnataka State Law University Students Law Review and the Board of Management and Planning, Karnataka State Law University. Mr Katarki developed a specialised practice in Inter-State Water Law concerning sharing or allocation of waters between the States in the Inter-State river and river valley. Mr Katarki has also presented papers at various national and international conferences and seminars including; Regional Conference on Water Resources at Teslic, Bosnia & Hercegovina (2001); International Water Law Conference at Colorado Law School, Boulder, U.S.A (2002); and Inter-State & International Water Disputes Seminar conducted by WB National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (2013). Additionally, he has published articles and papers in various news papers, journals and books.

Jayna Kothari

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Jayna is a co-founder of CLPR. She is a partner at Ashira Law, a Bangalore-based law firm and practices a a Counsel in the Karnataka High Court and the Supreme Court of India. She graduated from University Law College with a B.A. LL.B degree and read the BCL at Oxford University. Jayna has been awarded the Wrangler D.C. Pavate Fellowship in Cambridge University.

Jayna’s research and practice interests include constitutional law, including the right to education, health and housing, gender, disability rights, environmental law. Her book, “The Future of Disability Law in India” was published in 2012 by Oxford University Press and is one of the first books on disability law in the country.

Dr. Sameena Dalwai

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Sameena Dalwai currently teaches law in JGU – her specialisation is caste, gender and law; feminisms and feminist legal theory; identity and nationalism, law and social transformation. She received her PhD from Keele University, UK- in her thesis she analyses the legal ban on dancing in the bars of Mumbai and critically views legal control of sexuality during globalisation in India with a specific reference to caste capital of hereditary dancers.

Sameena has worked as a lawyer with human rights and Health organisations in Mumbai and in rural Maharashtra. Through her initiative Development and Human Rights Institute (www.dhri.org) she ran summer schools for human rights education and exposure which were attended by European and American university students. Sameena is a Research Consultant with Manndeshi Mahila Bank, Mahswad, Maharashtra where she assists research on financial inclusion of rural poor communities. She writes in English and Marathi.

Jhuma Sen

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Jhuma Sen’s research interests lie at the intersection of courts and gender, citizenship and constitutionalism and transnational feminist movements and law reforms. She interrogates the multiple ways in which courts and the legislature accommodate, negotiate, resist or facilitate the agenda of the postcolonial state. Her current research has two broad themes. She uses the framework of governance feminism to locate how gender is enframed in law at the ‘workplace’ and how ‘workplace’ is regulated and engendered by the courts and the legislature. She also looks at the women’s movement in India, and the feminist legal interventions in the 1970s and beyond that informed/transformed the processes of legal reform by the legislature and the courts.

She has been an American Association of University Women’s International Fellow and a member of Translocal Law Research Group (King’s College, London) and a researcher with South Asia Institute (Harvard University) project titled ‘The 1947 Partition of British India: Humanitarian and Demographic Consequences’. She has been a Visiting Fellow with Cornell Law School (USA), Erik Castren Institute (Helsinki) and National University of Singapore (Singapore).