Prof. (Dr.) Sarasu Esther Thomas
Professor of Law
Co-ordinator, Centre for Women and the Law
Co-ordinator, Human Rights Lawyering Programme

B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) (1995), LL.M. (Business Laws) (1999), Ph.D in Law (2008) all from National Law School of India University, Bangalore. She has been on the Faculty from 1997, as Assistant Professor since 1999 and was promoted as Associate Professor in 2012.

Her areas of specialization include Human Rights Law and Family Law.

She was British Council Fellow for the Teachers’ Training Programme at Cardiff in 2004 and Linnaeus Palme Fellow for several years. She is also a Visiting Professor at The Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm, Sweden.

Dr. Sarasu coordinates a number of Research Projects on Human Rights, Reproductive Rights and Sex Selection, Water Law, Trafficking and Rights based Lawyering. She has also served as a Consultant to the UN Organisationon Drugs and Crime and has been a part of the Expert Group on trafficking Cases Databases of the UNODC, Vienna. She has served on the Board/ Advisory Committees/ Working Groups/ Drafting Committees etc., of several Non-Governmental Organisations, Universities and Governmental bodies including the Steering Committee of the Planning Commission of India, National Advisory Council and the National Commission for Women.

Dr. Sarasu has authored several books, articles and research papers on different areas of Human Rights and Family Law and has presented papers at national and international conferences on her areas of interest.

In addition to her research and teaching commitments, she coordinates the Centre for Women and the Law and the Human Rights Lawyering Project. She is the Chief Editor of the National Law School Journal and the March of the Law.

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