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- "The Harm in Section 377: Locating Evidence in Sexuality Research and Advocacy”, Law and Society Trust Review, Vol. 27, No. 341, December 2016.
- "We Cannot Make a Scarecrow of the Law": Section 377 as Shakespearean Comedy, Himal Southasian, Vol. 28, No. 4, 2015.
- The Students versus Larry Flynt: Bringing Popular Culture into the Law School, Asian Journal of Legal Education, Vol. 2, 2014.
- The Quality of Mercy, Strained: Compassion, Empathy and Other Irrelevant Considerations in Koushal v. Naz", Vol. 6 (4), NUJS Law Review, 2013
- The Road to Decriminalization: Litigating India's Anti-Sodomy Law, Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal, Vol. 16, 2013.
- Struggling for Reason: Fundamental Rights and Wrongs of the Supreme Court, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XLVIII No. 52, December 28, 2013.
- Taking Popular Culture Seriously: Towards Alternative Legal Pedagogy, Socio-Legal Review, Vol. 9 (1), 2013.
- Good Gay, Bad Gay: Media Representations of the LGBT Community in India, Law and Society Trust Review, Vol. 22, 2012.
- Gendering Tax, NUJS Law Review, Vol. 4 (2), 2011 (with Raadhika Gupta).
- Homosexuality and Homophobia in Indian Popular Culture: Reflections of the Law, NALSAR Student Law Review Vol. 4, 2008.
- Invisible Libraries, with Lawrence Liang, Monica James et al, Yoda Press, 2016.
- Legal Gender Recognition in India: A Legal, Policy and Practice Review, United Nations Development Programme, 2017 (with Arvind Narrain and Venkatesan Chakrapani)
- Unnatural Offences: Obstacles to Justice in India Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, International Commission of Jurists, 2017 (with Sanhita Ambast and Ajita Banerjie)
- “A Travel Mate”, Live Mint, February 10, 2017.
- “A Right to Love”, The Indian Express, February 8, 2016.
- "Indian Silicon Valley's Threatened Social Fabric", The Hindu, October 25, 2015.
- "For Those Marked Other", The Indian Express, April 29, 2015.
- "Unnatural Sciences", The Indian Express, January 17, 2015.
- "Not Just His and Hers", The Indian Express, April 25, 2014.
- "Silencing Inconvenient Voices?," Deccan Chronicle, September 16, 2012.
- "The Final Blow against Section 377," Daily News and Analysis, August 5, 2012.
- “No more blocking of entire websites?," Business Standard, June 24, 2012.
- "The Year in Queer,” Daily News and Analysis, December 18, 2011.
- "Love in the Time of Prison Breaks,” The New Indian Express, August 14, 2010.
- "Boredom, Backlash and Coming Out,” The New Indian Express, June 12, 2010.
- “A March in Small Steps to Pride,” The New Indian Express, March 20, 2010.
- “Edie, Thea and a Single Man,” The New Indian Express, March 6, 2010.
- “Why Shakespeare’s First Folio coming to Mumbai is Momentous”, DailyO – India Today, Feb 20, 2017.
- “India’s New Transgender Rights Bill”, Policy Forum, Sep 23, 2016 (with Sanhita Ambast)
- “The New Transgender Bill Fails the Community”, The Wire, Aug 04, 2016.
- “LGBT Whiplash”, The Orinam Blog, July 6, 2016.
- “How India’s Law Fails LGBT People”, Policy Forum, Apr 26, 2016 (with Sanhita Ambast)
- "The Mixing of Issues is Real Liberation", Sabrang, Dec 08, 2015.
- "Empathy, Craft and other Lessons to Learn from the US Same-Sex Marriage Decision", Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog, July 06, 2015.
- “A Primer on the Rights of Transgender Persons Bill, 2014”, The Orinam Blog, May 5, 2015.
- "Transgender Rights: One Year of NALSA", DailyO - India Today, Apr 18, 2015
- "How AAP could Decriminalize Homosexuality in the National Capital Region", Scroll.in, February 24, 2015 (with Gautam Bhatia)
- "When AAP Talks about Minority Rights it needs to Remember its Promise about Section 377", Scroll.in, February 23, 2015 (with Gautam Bhatia)
- "Book Review: Kenji Yoshino, A Thousand Times More Fair - What Shakespeare's Plays Teach Us About Justice", Indian Constitutional Law and Philosophy, January 06, 2015.
- "Remembering Naz", Kafila, July 02, 2014.
- "Curing the Koushal Malady", Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog, May 1, 2014.
- "National Legal Services Authority versus Union of India - Preliminary Reactions", Law and Other Things, April 16, 2014.
- "Crimes of Unreason", Kafila, December 12, 2013.
- Panel titled “Invisible Libraries” at the Jaipur Literature Festival (Jan 2017)
- Presentation titled “Persecution versus Prosecution: Reassessing the Impact of Section 377” at the 4thLASSNet International Conference, New Delhi (Dec 2016)
- Plenary presentation titled “The Legal Construction of Queer Identity” at Quest: National Seminar on Queer Discourse and Social Dialogue at Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram (Dec 2016)
- Attended the Salzburg Global LGBT Forum at Chiang Rai, Thailand. Moderated a Panel on Families, Gender and Sexuality in Asia (Oct 2016)
- Presentation on India’s Implementation of the UPR Recommendations relating to Transgender persons at the National Consultation on UPR-III at National Law University, Delhi (May 2016)
- Presentation titled “What’s Constitutional About Love?” at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi (February 2016)
- Presentation titled "Strategies to Combat Re-criminalization of Homosexuality in India" at the ILGA Asia Conference, Taipei (October 2015)
- Presentation on The Rights of Transgender Persons Bill, 2014 at the National Consultation on the Rights of Gender Minority and Gender Variant Persons at O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat (August 2015)
- Delivered a joint statement on behalf of ILGA on UN Mechanisms and LGBT Rights at the 29th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva (June 2015)
- Presentation titled "Reading Between the Lines: Battling Discriminatory Laws" at Session 551 of Salzburg Global Seminar, Salzburg (June 2015)
- Delivered a statement on "LGBT Struggles and the Family" at UNDP Regional Dialogue on LGBTI Rights and Health in Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok (February 2015)
- Presentation titled "Sex(uality) and the City" at the Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (November 2014)
- Presentation titled "Transgendering Justice" at Jawaharlal Nehru University (October 2014)
Assistant Professor and Associate Director, Centre for Health Law, Ethics and Technology
B.A.LL.B. (Hons.) NALSAR, Hyderabad; LL.M., University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor
Danish Sheikh is an Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Centre for Health, Law Ethics and Technology at the Jindal Global Law School. His research largely focuses on the intersection of law and the humanities and the legal regulation of gender and sexuality. He has law degrees from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor which he attended on a Grotius Fellowship.
He has previously worked with the Alternative Law Forum (ALF), a collective of human rights lawyers based in Bangalore from 2011 to 2015, where he was involved in research and advocacy on gender and sexuality, free speech and access to knowledge. He then worked at the International Commission of Jurists on research and advocacy relating to access to justice issues for queer persons. He has also served as a consultant with the United Nations Development Programme on a project relating to legal gender recognition across multiple Asian countries. As a visiting faculty member, he has taught courses on the intersections of law, literature and sexuality at NUJS, Kolkata; NLSIU, Bangalore; NLU, Delhi and NALSAR, Hyderabad.
His writing has appeared in law reviews such as the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal and the Law and Society Trust Review, while his commentary has appeared in publications including the Hindu, the Indian Express, Business Standard, the Wire, Mint, Deccan Chronicle, Daily News and Analysis, Scroll and DailyO.
Beyond his academic work, Danish engages in fiction writing and theatre. His works include the co-authored anthology Invisible Libraries, for which he won the TFA Award for Creative Writing in 2016. He is the founder of the Bardolators, a theatre group which performs contemporary versions of Shakespeare plays in public spaces.
His writing can be accessed at https://jgls.academia.edu/DanishSheikh
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