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About Dr. Saumya Uma

Dr. Saumya Uma currently works as Assistant Professor - Law and Legal Studies in the School of Law, Governance and Citizenship, Ambedkar University Delhi, India. Her area of specialization is at the intersection of human rights, gender and the law. She has over 24 years’ combined work experience as an academic, law researcher, lawyer, trainer, writer and campaigner. She has previously taught at Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU) Mumbai (India), and at the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru. She has been an international consultant to United Nations Development Fund (UNDP), United Nations Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (UNOHCHR) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ).  Additionally, she 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. 
Her doctoral research focused on developing a legal framework for India on witness protection with a specific reference to gender-based violence.  She has researched and authored twelve books, edited/co-edited books by reputed publishers such as the Oxford University Press, and has written and published more than 55 articles. Much of her published work is on topics including witness protection, victims' rights, mass crimes, sexual violence and sexual harassment, women's rights within family laws, forced displacement, freedom of religion or belief, international human rights standards and mechanisms, human rights law and lawyering, and feminist engagements with processes of law and justice.
Dr. Uma is actively associated with the women's movement and other people’s movements for dignity and rights.  She is a life member of the Indian Association for Women’s studies, a member of the Board of Governors of Indo-Global Social Service Society and a core member of the Indian chapter of Women's Regional Network - a network of individuals and organizations focusing on promoting women's human rights, justice and peace in the South Asian region.  She is a recipient of the prestigious British Chevening scholarship on human rights (administered by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK) in 1998-99; fellowship from Institute for Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, Mumbai in 2011; 'Fearless Woman' award by the Wockhardt hospital, Mumbai in 2017; and ‘Distinguished Woman in Humanities and Social Sciences – Law’ by the 4th Venus International Women’s Awards in 2019.
Although firmly grounded in the discipline of law, Dr. Uma believes that a holistic approach to law is one that takes within its fold scholarship from other disciplines in social sciences and humanities, including sociology and political science. As such, her work reflects an inter-disciplinary approach to law, as compared to a 'black letter' law approach.


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, family law, clinical legal education., feminism, feminist jurisprudence, victims' rights, freedom of religion or belief, forced displacement, violence against women, and equality and non-discrimination

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Professional Service and Affiliations

Present Life member, Indian Association for Women's Studies
Present Member, Board of Governors, Indo-Global Social Service Society
Present Core Member, India Chapter, Women's Regional Network
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Honors and Awards

  • British Chevening Scholarship on Human Rights 1998-99
  • Fellowship of Institute for Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution 2011
  • 'Fearless Woman' Award 2017
  • 'Distinguished Woman in Social Sciences and Humanities - Law, 2018


  • Legal Literacy and Rights Awareness
  • Feminist Jurisprudence and Gender Justice
  • Family Law
  • 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


September 2018 Ph D in law, 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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