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About Saumya Uma

Saumya Uma works as Assistant Professor - Law and Legal Studies at the School of Law, Governance and Citizenship, Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD). Her areas of specialization are human rights, gender and the law. She has previously taught at Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU) Mumbai, and at the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru. She has over 22 years' combined work experience as an academic, law researcher, trainer, campaigner and lawyer on issues pertaining to gender, law and human rights. She is presently pursuing a Ph. D. In National Law School of India University (NLSIU) Bengaluru, on developing a legal framework on witness protection with a specific reference to gender-based violence. 
She has also worked as an international consultant for the UNDP for preparing a paper on Violence Against Women – Legal Responses in India, and with the UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR), preparing a tool on witness protection with an integration of gender concerns. She has worked as the National Coordinator of ICC-India: the Indian campaign on International Criminal Court – an anti-impunity campaign on mass crimes and international law – from 2002 to 2010. 

She is actively associated with people’s movements for dignity and rights to vulnerable and marginalized communities.  She is a life member of the Indian Association for Women’s studies – India’s premier women’s association, and a core group member of Women's Regional Network - a network of individuals and organizations focusing on promoting women's human rights, justice and peace in contexts of conflict in the South Asian region.  She has authored / co-authored twelve books and over forty articles, some of which have been published by reputed publishing houses.


February 2016 - July 2017 Assistant Professor (Law), Maharashtra National Law University Mumbai
2015 - 2016 Assistant Professor & Assistant Director, Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, National Law School of India University

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Human rights, gender and the law, mass crimes and international law, international human rights law, international criminal law, witness protection, laws related to communal and caste-based violence, laws related to rights of adivasis, laws related to violence against women, family law, and clinical legal education.

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Honors and Awards

  • British Chevening Scholarship on Human Rights


  • Communication and Advocacy Skills
  • Constitutional Law
  • Legal Clinics and Clinical Methodology
  • Social Exclusion and the Law
  • Introduction to Law and Legal Methods
  • Group Inequality and Inclusive Policy


2014 Ph. D. (ongoing), National Law School of India University, Bengaluru
1998 - 1999 LL.M. in International Human Rights, The University of Nottingham ‐ School of Law
1996 - 1998 LL.M. in Family Law & Human Rights, UNIVERSITY OF MUMBAI ‐ Department of Law
1989 - 1994 B.A. LL.B. (Hons.), National Law School of India University, Bengaluru

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