Pratiksha Baxi, Associate Professor, Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, JNU

Pratiksha Baxi has been teaching at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance since 2006. Pratiksha holds a doctoral degree from the Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. Her book, Public Secrets of Law: Rape Trials in India, was published by the Oxford University Press in 2014. This courtroom ethnography brings together her interest in sociology of law, feminist theory and violence. Baxi’s research interests include critical perspectives on medical jurisprudence, ethnographies of courts, sociology of violence, gender studies, politics of judicial reform, judicial iconography, courtroom architecture and feminist legal theory. She teaches sociological perspectives of law in the first semester [LG 603 Governance II: Legal Dimensions]. The optional courses, she offers in the second semester are entitled “Enculturing Law” and “Law, Governance and Violence: Gendered Perspectives”.

Baxi was awarded a fellowship at the Kate Hamburger Kolleg, “Recht als Kultur”, Bonn (2011, 2012), the Herme’s postdoctoral fellowship in Paris (2010), the British Academy Visiting Fellowship at the University of Warwick (2006), a writing fellowship at the John Hopkins University (2000–1), the Junior Research Fellowship of University Grants Commission (1993–2000) and the Prof. M.S.A. Rao Gold Medal, University of Delhi (1993). Baxi was the founder member of the Gender Study Group (1992–1997) and Forum against Sexual Harassment (1998–2002) in University of Delhi, which primarily raised the issue of sexual harassment in the academia. She initiated the formation of the Law and Social Sciences Research Network, anchored at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University in 2007. LASSnet is an interdisciplinary network, which has brought together more than five hundred scholars, researchers and lawyers from different parts of the world.

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