Ramya Jawahar Kudekallu has strong research and advocacy interest in anti-discrimination frameworks within International Human Rights Law. During her time at CLIHHR as the Telford Taylor Human Rights Visiting Instructor, she hopes to focus her work and scholarship on the rights of minorities and atrocity prevention through international intervention.
In 2018, Ramya graduated from Fordham School of Law with an LLM in International Law and Justice. Later that year, she secured the Crowley Fellowship with the Leitner Center for International Law. She has been teaching a Human Rights Scholarship class as well as leading research that focuses on labor, gender-based discrimination and access to justice.
Her previous work experience includes research and litigation at the Alternative Law Forum, a collective of human rights lawyers in India committed to responding to issues of social and economic injustice. Her work explored gender and civil liberties at large, representing, in particular, the rights of sex workers and the LGBTIQ community.
As part of her early professional experience, Ramya worked with World YWCA in Geneva, Switzerland. She also co-founded IYAFP, an international youth-led reproductive rights organization that advocates for youth access to SRHR services as a human right. Ramya graduated with an LLB degree from Bishop Cotton Law College, India. She attributes her motivation to pursue public interest law to the encouragement and support she received in an all-women’s law school.