Aishwarya Pagedar

Research Associate

B.S.L.LL.B. (Savitribai Phule Pune University); LL.M. (Northeastern University, Boston)

Aishwarya has completed her Masters in Law, LL.M. with a concentration in Human Rights, and Health Law and Policy, from Northeastern University School of Law (NUSL). She graduated from Modern Law College, affiliated with the Savitribai Phule Pune University in Pune, India, in 2017.  
   
Previously until May 2019, she was a legal intern with Perseus Strategies, LLC, an international human rights law firm in Washington, D.C., USA.  There she engaged in research and writing on international human rights issues.  She contributed to drafting and producing a comprehensive report, ‘The Kremlin’s Political Prisoners:  Advancing a Political Agenda by Crushing Dissent,’ written by Perseus Strategies and Co-Commissioned by Free Russia Foundation, the Human Rights Foundation, the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice, and the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights.  This report analysed the laws used to persecute political prisoners in Russia and its occupied territories and provided specific case studies.  In addition, she has engaged in extensive research of international human rights law in correlation with domestic human rights situations in countries like Russia, Iran, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Venezuela, Bolivia, South Sudan, etc.  She also engaged in lobbying the US government to secure the release of political prisoners in these countries.
  

She also interned with Perseus Strategies in 2018, during her time at NUSL. Then, she compiled a report and analysed the laws relating to trafficking-in-persons, and prostitution, in Myanmar in addition to researching international laws and country conditions in various countries.  At NUSL she has also worked at the Public Health Advocacy Clinic, where she researched the ‘Corporate Interference with Access to Water’ by sale of public water resources to private parties for supply purposes and setting up bottling plants. In India, she has interned with the National Human Rights Commission of India where she researched the ‘Right to water of indigenous persons and corporate social responsibility, and condition of inmates at Tihar Jail, New Delhi, India and surveyed the record keeping and compliance with guidelines for the protection of detainees’ rights. She has also interned with various law firms in India, where she was trained in client counselling and drafting. She is fluent in Hindi, Gujarati and Marathi. She has engaged in several research projects relating to international human rights and women’s rights. Her research interests include human rights law and theory, policy analysis, constitutional law and comparative law.