Santwana Dwivedy


B.A.LL.B. (Hons.)(NLU, Odisha);

LL.M. (Central European University)

Santwana Dwivedy has a B.A.LL.B. (Hons.) degree from National Law University Odisha (NLUO), Cuttack and an LL.M. degree in Human Rights Law from Central European University (CEU), Budapest. She has successfully qualified UGC-NET in Law. She has four years of work experience in the areas of her interest which include International Human Rights Law, Gender Rights, Criminal Law (especially crimes against women), Gender Law and Policy. She was awarded the CEU Master’s Tuition Award to pursue her Masters in Law and was also awarded a grant to participate in the course ‘Courts in Dialogue’ at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. She wrote her LL.M. thesis on ‘India’s conformity with international human rights standards to combat rape’ for which she was awarded a Distinction.


She has previously worked as an Assistant Professor at KIIT School of Law, KIIT Deemed to be University, Bhubaneswar where she taught courses such as Law of Crimes, International Human Rights Law and Human Rights Practice and has presented numerous papers in national and international conferences in these areas. In addition to this, she has extensive experience in policy research and analysis during her stint at the Ministry of Home Affairs (Women Safety Division), Government of India, New Delhi where she provided legal opinion and worked on bilateral treaties and international conventions, court cases and policy instruments relating to crimes against women and children, prison reforms and anti-trafficking. She has also been a policy researcher as a Legislative Assistant to Member of Parliament (LAMP) Fellow offered by PRS Legislative Research, New Delhi where she was instrumental in drafting private member bills and other parliamentary interventions for welfare of sex workers and on other human rights issues. She is also qualified to practise as an Advocate in India and has practised in the Supreme Court of India. She also has practical experience working with human rights organizations such as Hungarian Helsinki Committee, Budapest.