Assistant Professor of Legal Practice
B.A. LL.B. (WBNUJS, Kolkata);
LL.M. (Columbia Law School)
Prof. Namrata graduated with a B.A. LL.B. from the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata in 2016 and holds an LL.M. from Columbia Law School. She was offered the Human Rights Fellowship by Columbia Law School and was the recipient of the K.C. Mahindra Scholarship for Post Graduate Studies. She graduated from Columbia in the capacity of a James Kent Fellow for overall outstanding academic achievement. She was also offered the Chevening Scholarship which she declined.
Prior to joining JGLS, Namrata worked at the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy (2016-2019) wherein she provided legal research and legislative drafting assistance to various Ministries and government departments and carried out extensive research in the field of queer rights, and socio-economic rights with a focus on education law and disability law. She submitted comments to and made representations before Parliamentary Standing Committees, penned numerous op-eds which were published in leading newspapers, and authored several reports on a range of legal issues varying from data protection to gender, sexuality and the law. Post Vidhi, she was a legal consultant with the Migration and Asylum Project (M.A.P) (2020-2021) where she worked on a project focusing on the intersection of labour, gender and migration in the backdrop of the COVID-19 reverse migration crisis. During this time they worked closely with labour lawyers and activists on analysing the changing labour law landscape and how the same would potentially affect unorganised sector and migrant workers. She also had a short stint at the Centre for Popular Democracy in the city of New York during their LL.M days with her work focusing on access to housing for low income communities. Namrata has served as a Teaching Assistant multiple times while at the WBNUJS and was a guest lecturer at Symbiosis Law School, Hyderabad where she taught classes on gender, sexuality and law as a part of a course on Human Rights.
Namrata’s research interests primarily lie in the area of critical legal theory with a focus on feminist and queer legal theory. She is also interested in the area of socio-economic rights, and is keen to pursue her research interests in this area at JGLS, with a focus on the ‘right to work’ and ‘right to health’ particularly for gender and sexual minorities.
Namrata is the caretaker of two very mischevious ginger cats. She is deeply interested in pop-culture and follows the same with a keen eye and loves discussing the intersection of pop culture and politics. She is also a part of a lovely queer writing group and writes primarily about experiences of queerness, loneliness, intimacy, resistance and community. She hopes to be able to publicly share her work in the form of a personal blog one day.