Prof. Rashmi Raman is Associate Professor of Law and Assistant Director at the Center of International Legal Studies at the Jindal Global Law School. At Jindal Global Law School, Rashmi teaches compulsory courses in Public International Law, including International Human Rights Law & Theory and International Trade Law. She offers elective seminars in Transitional Justice and notably, pioneered the immensely popular seminar course “Harry Potter and the Power of Imagination” at the Jindal Global Law School – a first for any law school in India. She also lectures in courses on International Criminal Law and Law & Practice of the United Nations.
Rashmi’s scholarship is located at the intersection of critical legal theory, transitional justice and public international law. She works on applying Third World Approaches to International Law to emerging narratives of resistance and reform in international law institutions. She also works on the history of international law and on using ancient texts and history to create new narratives in the extant scholarship of international law. Rashmi’s approach to legal research and writing is inter-disciplinary – using literature, poetry, drama and doctrinal legal texts seamlessly. She is passionate about making the voices of women heard in international law and uses the forum Intlawgrrls! to blog on current topics in international law.
Rashmi’s previous and ongoing work with public international law institutions helps her blend a practitioner’s perspective into her scholarship and pedagogy. Prior to joining Jindal Global Law School, Rashmi worked at the United Nations in multiple capacities across the world. She has worked at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania in two of the last cases of that tribunal and the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials in Cambodia. Rashmi has been a consultant observer for the Bangladesh War Crimes Tribunals for the United Nations in Dhaka. She has worked at the Public Interest Legal Support and Research Centre on international refugee law under a Senior Advocate in India. She is a former Fellow of the NYU International Law & Human Rights Fellowship at the United Nations International Law Commission in Geneva, and a recipient of the United Nations International Law Fellowship Programme at The Hague Academy of International Law. Rashmi has been a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law & International Law in Heidelberg. She serves as Case Reporter for International Law in Domestic Courts for Oxford University Press in India. As a law student, Rashmi has clerked at the International Criminal Court for the iconic Judge Navi Pillay and at the Supreme Court of India.
She earned her first degree in law from the National University of Juridical Sciences, Calcutta and her Masters degrees in International Law from New York University School of Law, USA and the National University of Singapore, Singapore. She is admitted to practice at the Bar in New York and in West Bengal.
Beyond her academic work, Rashmi is an accomplished Bharatanatyam dancer. She has performed on numerous occasions in India and abroad and enjoys choreographing and inventing new Bharatnatyam pieces in her free time.