Senior Research Associate
LL.B. (Hons.) (O.P. Jindal Global University);
LL.M. (University of Illinois)
Ajita Sharma holds a BA.LLB. Hons. from Jindal Global Law School, O.P. Jindal Global University (2014) and an LLM from College of Law, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2015). She has held scholarships, studentship and fellowship in these respective schools, and has been awarded with a pro bono notation award on the completion of her LLM program. She has also worked as a student researcher at the CHLET for the report on ‘Access to Contraceptive Services and Information in Haryana’. Additionally, she has completed a summer school on ‘International Law and Global Governance’ at Somerville College, University of Oxford (2013).
Ajita holds a full-time work experience of about three and a half years in the field of law. She has worked at SB Partners, a banking and finance law firm in Gurugram for a year and thereafter to pursue her interest in Constitutional law and Human Rights she litigated in the Supreme Court of India under the guidance of Senior Advocate Ms. Indira Jaising. She has worked on a wide range of legal issues including reservations in promotions to SCs/STs in public services, entry of women in the Sabrimala temple and elimination of taboos relating to menstruation, right to education to children belonging to the weaker sections of the society and disadvantaged groups, right to choice of consumption of food in the context of beef ban, access to justice, judicial accountability and transparency, sexual harassment at workplace, corroboration of evidence in rape cases, victim compensation to women facing sexual assault and other related crimes, citizenship rights and rights of refugees, right to culture, censorship of films, hate speech, and defamation.
Besides from August 2016 onwards, on deputation to the NGO Lawyers Collective, she has also worked on the Global Health & Human Rights Database developed by the Lawyers Collective and O’Neil Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University, USA. She has also authored a chapter on criminalisation of marital rape in the book titled, ‘Conflict in the Shared Household: Domestic Violence and the Law in India’ which will be published by Oxford University Press in January 2019. From 2017 onwards, she is also mentoring a law student from Cambodia to achieve her personal and professional goals through WEDU.