Assistant Professor and Assistant Director, Centre for Human Rights Studies and Assistant Director, Mooting and Advocacy Programme, Jindal Global Law School
B.B.A. LL.B (Symbiosis), LL.M. (California)
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.
Her work is also located in partition historiography, especially in mapping the multiple ways in which the 'process' of partition shaped and modified postcolonial India's legal (and constitutional) order. A large part of her current research looks at issues of citizenship and property that emerged from the debris of Partition through a gendered lens. She does this by exploring the ‘events’ surrounding and following Partition that made the state negotiate the boundaries of citizenship rights and refugee relief and rehabilitation and sought to deal with the ‘problem’ of large scale violence, ‘stranded refugees’ and property being left behind.
She is also the convener of the Indian Feminist Judgment Project, a project that situates writing alternative judgments to judgments that could have been written better or written differently by using a feminist lens.
She holds an undergraduate law degree from Symbiosis Law School (Pune), and a postgraduate law degree from University of California (Berkeley). She has also 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).