Associate Professor of Legal Practice,
Director of Centre for Human Rights
B.A. (University of Delhi);
LL.B. (University of Delhi);
LL.M. (University of London);
P.G. Diploma in Human Rights Law (University of London)
Prof. Shruti Pandey is Associate Professor of Legal Practice and Director of Centre for Human Rights at the Jindal Global Law School. She has been a human rights lawyer, activist and practitioner for more than 25 years, having worked especially on gender, health, housing, urbanization, equitable development, public interest law and legal remedies, and a range of related issues and constituencies, from various institutional spaces and in various capacities. Before joining the JGLS, she was the Human Rights Program Officer with the Ford Foundation’s Regional Office for India, Nepal and Sri Lanka during 2010-18, where she steered robust partnerships for strengthening grassroots legal remedies and a reinforcing legal education and ecosystem of community-based lawyers for rights of the marginalized communities, and later a wider set of interventions for inclusive urbanization. In post-conflict Sri Lanka and Nepal, she also supported constitutional transitions. In the first 15 years of her career, Shruti mainly litigated in the Supreme Court of India and the Delhi High Court, including on several significant Public Interest Litigation (PIL) cases. She was also associated then with the Lawyers Collective, and later the Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) where she was the National Director for its Women’s Justice Initiative, besides consulting for several other eminent national and international human rights institutions. At the National Health Systems Resource Centre (NHSRC) of Government of India, she led the drafting of the National Health Bill (2009) for the government; and during the same period she also drafted another government Bill to amend the abortion law in the country towards making it more rights based. Throughout she has also written and trained extensively to bridge the divide between laws, rights and their practice, having also been a founder co-editor of Combat Law. Shruti earned her BA Honours degree in History from Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi; LLB degree from Campus Law Centre, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi; and LLM degree from University of London (International Programs) with specialization in Public Law.