Assistant Professor & Assistant Director, Centre for Human Rights Studies
B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) [NUJS]; LL.M. [Central European University]
Saptarshi teaches, researches and writes in the areas of family law, disability and mental health law, law and society, and feminist legal studies. In a previous professional life, Saptarshi has worked as law researcher, trainer and program officer with several national and international human rights organizations in New Delhi, such as the Lawyers Collective, Multiple Action Research Group and Amnesty International. He was a member of a sub-committee (2014-15) constituted under the Twentieth Law Commission of India that suggested large scale reforms to child custody and guardianship laws.
Saptarshi’s current research focuses on three themes: (a) conceptualizing legal change in group-specific family law in India; (b) inter-caste marriage as the object of law in modern India; and (c) developing indicators to understand the Indian Supreme Court’s approach to disability rights over a twenty-year period. Saptarshi has been a TLSI Fellow at the inaugural Transnational Law Summer Institute, King's College, London (2015) and has held visiting fellowships at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Oñati, Spain (2015), and the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (2012). His work has been published in Hong Kong Law Journal, Australian Feminist Studies, Indian Journal of Gender Studies, NUJS Law Review, and the Economic and Political Weekly. He has also edited Special Issues of the Journal of Indian Law and Society and the Jindal Global Law Review. He frequently writes for popular media platforms such as Scroll.in, The Wire, Firstpost and EPW Web-Exclusive, among others.
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Works in Progress