Dr. Y.S.R. Murthy is presently working as the Professor & Registrar and Executive Director, Centre for Human Rights Studies in the O.P. Jindal Global University, National Capital Region of Delhi, India.
Prior to it, he served in the National Human Rights Commission of India in various capacities for over 12 years including as the Director, Policy Research, Programmes and Projects Division. He spearheaded the Commission’s advocacy and monitoring efforts, among others, in the areas of public health, HIV/AIDS and rights of persons with disabilities. As a civil servant, he also held a number of responsible and sensitive assignments including as the Director, Media and Communications in the Prime Minister’s Office, President’s Secretariat and Cabinet Secretariat from 2005-07.
His books on `Halsbury’s Laws of India – Human Rights’ and `Human Rights Handbook’ were published by LexisNexis Butterworths. He edited NHRC’s Annual Journal on Human Rights for several years. He holds a Bachelors and Master’s Degree in Statistics from the University of Madras, M.A. degree in Human Rights from the University of London (recipient of British Chevening Fellowship) and Ph.D. degree from the Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University, Chennai.
In addition to his regular responsibilities, Professor Murthy is also working as the Senior Fellow at the International Institute of Higher Education Research and Capacity Building (IIHEd), O.P. Jindal Global University. He has also been elected as the Vice President of Indian Society of International Law (ISIL) for a three year term from 2018 – 21 and serves on the Executive Council of the All India Law Teachers’ Congress (AILTC). He is an Advisor to the All India Network of NGOs and Individuals working with National and State Human Rights Institutions (AINNI). He is Executive Board Member of International Forum on Crime and Criminal Law in the Global Era (IFCCLGE)-India. He is also a National Coordinator of SWAYAM MOOCs.