Please join the Women’s Law Association for the 2020 International Women’s Day celebratory lunch.
Keynote will be given by Arundhati Katju, who was named one of the 100 Most Influential People of the Year by TIME Magazine in 2019. Arundhati Katju is an Indian lawyer who was at the forefront of the legal battle for equal protection of the rights of LGBTQI+ persons in India. She represented the lead petitioners in the historic judgment of the Indian Supreme Court in Navtej Johar v. Union of India, the decision where the Court struck down the colonial era sodomy law that criminalized consensual same sex conduct. Having graduated from National Law School of India University, Bangalore in 2005, she practiced at the Indian Bar for 11 years before moving to New York to pursue her Masters in Law at Columbia Law School. She was a Human Rights Fellow, James Kent Scholar, Public Interest Honoree and Herman N. Finkelstein Memorial Fellow, and is currently a JSD Candidate and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Contemporary Critical Thought at Columbia University. Her doctoral project, “From Criminal Tribe to Sexual Citizen: Creating Identities through Colonial Law, Constitutional Rights, and Global Human Rights Movements” explores the history of regulation of sexuality and gender in South Asia.
Lunch will be served.