We were pleased to host Ramya Jawahar Kudekallu, Crowley Fellow in International Human Rights, as a speaker for our Leitner Human Rights Speaker Series event! Ms. Kudekallu’s talk contextualized the September 2018 judgement by the Supreme Court of India decriminalizing homosexuality and highlighted important advocacy by civil society and litigation by human rights lawyers that paved the way for the decision. Ramya also engaged students in a lively discussion about the legal setbacks encountered by activists and the role of colonial legacies in India’s discriminatory laws.
Ramya Jawahar Kudekallu graduated with an LLB Degree in 2012 from Bangalore, India. She has previously worked with World YWCA in Geneva as a Program Associate focusing on Women’s Rights and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. In 2014, after moving back to India, she joined the Alternative Law Forum, a collective of human rights lawyers. Her research, litigation, and advocacy explored gender justice at large, representing in particular rights of sex workers and the transgender community. At Fordham Law, Ramya is a graduate with an LLM in International Law and Justice.
Leitner International Law Lecture Series