Prof. Dipika Jain is currently a Professor & Vice Dean and Executive Director- Centre for Health Law Ethics & Technology (C.H.L.E.T.) at Jindal Global Law School (JGLS), India. She pursued her B.A. in Political Science (Hons) from Lady Shri Ram College and LL. B from Faculty of Law, Delhi University. She received the Canadian Institute of Health Research Fellowship Award in Health Law & Policy, 2006 to pursue a Master’s Degree at Dalhousie University, Canada. She earned her LL.M from Harvard Law School. At JGLS, she is the recipient of several teaching excellence and research excellence awards since 2009.
Jain’s research is at the intersection of Law and Marginalization. She writes on Gender and Sexuality, Postcolonial Feminism, Public Health Law, Transgender Law, Minor Jurisprudence, Critical Legal Theory, Constitution and Social Movements, Reproductive Justice, Legal Education and Pedagogies and Empirical Legal Studies. Her research was recently cited by the Supreme Court in the landmark decision of Navtej Johar v. Union of India (2018). In 2018, she was designated as the first Research Professor at JGLS.
She is currently working on the second co-edited volume titled, Desire and its Discontents: Queer Politics in Neoliberal India to be published by Zubaan and Chicago University Press in Fall, 2019 and a research project on Legal Cultures, Desire and Discontent in South Asia.
She has advised the Law Commission of India on various reports on Shared Custody, Animal Welfare Law and Maintenance Laws. She has also served as an International consultant with the UNDP on Sharia Law in Afghanistan and the Centre for Reproductive Rights New York on Reproductive Justice.
She has conceptualised and conducted a fully funded certificate course on human rights for gender diverse people for transgender, intersex and gender diverse activist in India through the clinical programme on Gender, Difference and the Law at Jindal Global Law School.
As a founding faculty at JGLS, Dipika has played an instrumental role in setting up the Law School, which includes being the Head of its Academic Affairs Office and Recruitment Chair. Before joining the academia, she had worked on precedent setting public interest litigations in the Supreme Court of India including Sampurna Bahrua vs. Union of India (petitioning for the implementation of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2000 in fifteen States in the country. The Act was amended as a result of this petition.) the Right to Food and Access to Antiretroviral Drugs Case.