Prof. Jhuma Sen

Assistant Professor and Assistant Director, Centre for Human Rights Studies and Assistant Director, Mooting and Advocacy Programme, Jindal Global Law School

B.B.A. LL.B (Symbiosis Pune);
LL.M. (University of California, Berkeley)

My research interests lie at the intersection of courts and gender, citizenship and constitutionalism and transnational feminist movements and law reforms. I interrogate the multiple ways in which courts and the legislature accommodate, negotiate, resist or facilitate the agenda of the postcolonial nation state. My current research has two broad themes. I use the framework of governance feminism to locate how gender is enframed in law at the ‘workplace’ and how ‘workplace’ is regulated and engendered by the courts and the legislature. More broadly, I also looks at the women’s movement in India, and the feminist legal interventions in the 1970s and beyond that informed/transformed the processes of legal reform by the legislature and the courts. 


My work also embraces partition historiography, especially in mapping the multiple ways in which the ‘process’ of partition shaped and modified postcolonial India’s legal (and constitutional) order. A large part of my current research looks at issues of citizenship and property that emerged from the debris of Partition through a gendered lens. I do this by exploring the ‘events’ surrounding and following Partition that made the state negotiate the boundaries of citizenship rights and refugee relief and rehabilitation and sought to deal with the ‘problem’ of large scale violence, ‘unattached women’, ‘stranded refugees’ and property being left behind. 


I am also the convener of the Indian Feminist Judgment Project, a project that situates writing alternative judgments to judgments that could have been written better or written differently by using a feminist lens. 


I hold an undergraduate law degree from Symbiosis Law School (Pune), and a postgraduate law degree from University of California (Berkeley). I have also been an American Association of University Women’s International Fellow and a member of Translocal Law Research Group (King’s College, London) and a researcher with South Asia Institute (Harvard University) project titled ‘The 1947 Partition of British India: Humanitarian and Demographic Consequences’. I have been a Visiting/Research Fellow with Cornell Law School (USA), Erik Castren Institute (Helsinki) and National University of Singapore (Singapore). More recently, I spent two months as a Resident Visiting Scholar at the Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law under their generous Residence Grants to work on my more recent project on the politics of judging. 

Refereed Articles 


  • ‘Righting Sarla Mudgal v. Union of India’, Jindal Global Law Review, Vol. 7, Issue. 1, Fall 2016
  • ‘Trial of Errors: ICTA and Bangladesh War 1971’ Harvard Asia Quarterly, Fall 2012 Issue, Vol. XIV, No. 3
  • ‘Matrimonial Property Rights: Is India Ready for a Law?‛ NUJS Journal of Indian Law & Society, Vol. 1 ( 2009)



Book Chapters

‘Reconstructing Marichjhapi: From Margins and Memories of Migrant Lives’, in Urvashi Butalia (ed), Partition: The Long Shadow, Zubaan (2015)



Book Review

Parmar, P (2017): Indigeneity and Legal Pluralism in India: Claims, Histories, Meanings, in Law and Society Review (Volume 51, Issue 1)

Puri, J (2017): Sexual States: Governance and the Struggle over the Anti-Sodomy Law in India, in Gender and Politics (Volume 13, Issue 3)


Policy Briefs 


PWDVA: Handbook for Parliamentarians published by Oxfam India and Centre for Legislative Research & Advocacy (2014)

The Unique Identification Project and the National Identification Authority of India Bill, 2010, Law & Policy Brief, Vol. I, Issue 4, April 2015 available at 



  • 2018 GRIT Rajaram Fellowship by Prajnya (February 2018 onwards)
  • Selected by Asia Society to be part of its 2017 Class of Asia 21 Young Leaders Initiative and as a delegate to 2017 Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit.
  • Hall of Residence Grant for carrying out research work at Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law (December 2017-January 2018)
  • Co-recipient, Research Grant Council of Hong Kong’s General Research Fund for 36 months (2018-2020). Project: An Empirical and Comparative Study of Law Students’ Perceptions of Their Values in Four Fastest-Growing Asian Countries: China, India, Thailand and Philippines, $ 844,880. 
  • Co-recipient, Law School Global League’s Seed Fund (2017-2018). Project: Transformative Scales- Multi-Level Legal Method in Global Law
  • Awarded International Research Collaborative (IRC) funding to attend Law and Society Association’s Annual Conference, 2017.
  • Awarded Early Career Workshop Grant, Law and Society Association’s Annual Conference, 2016
  • Fellow, Transnational Law Summer Institute, King’s College, London, UK (2015) 
  • Fellow, Brown International Advanced Research Institute, Brown University, USA (2015)
  • 6th Annual International Leadership Training Programme: A Global Intergenerational Forum organized by the UNESCO Chair & Institute of Comparative Human Rights at University of Connecticut. (2010) 
  • Awarded the American Association for University Women’s (AAUW) International Fellowship ($18,000) to pursue LLM at UC Berkeley. (2010) 
  • Awarded Financial Aid ($36,000) in the form of Tuition Waiver by the Advanced Legal Studies Committee, Advanced Degree Programs, UC Berkeley. (2010) 
  • Awarded Dean’s Scholarship ($25,000) by UCLA Law School in 2010 to pursue LLM studies. (Declined) 
  • Awarded South Asia LLM Scholarship by University of Warwick, Law School (GBP 5000) to pursue LLM at University of Warwick, Law School, United Kingdom in 2008. (Declined)

Core Course

  • Clinic I: Drafting, Pleading and Conveyancing
  • Clinic II: Professional Ethics
  • Constitutional Law II (Federalism)
  • Law of Evidence
  • Law and Social Transformation


  • Righting Judgments: Feminist Judgments Workshop
  • Law and Society
  • Caste and Gender
  • Social Movements and Law
  • Appellate Litigation and Advocacy