“Gender, Justice and Joy: Legal Travels through the Patriarchy, Suppressed Speech and Corporate Crime” Lecture by Karuna Nundy

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Location: 1050 Jenkins Nanovic Halls (View on map )

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Nundy, a lawyer at the Supreme Court of India and a women’s rights advocate, was named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People of 2022” for advocating for the reform of antirape laws and fighting cases related to sexual harassment in the workplace. Nundy has worked with the governments of the Maldives, Nepal, Bhutan, and Pakistan on constitutional, legal, and human rights reforms. She was invited by the United Nations to advise on legal reform in 192 jurisdictions.

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The lecture is sponsored by the Liu Institute’s South Asia Group and cosponsored by the Gender Studies Program, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, and the Klau Institute for Civil and Human Rights.

Susan Ostermann
Susan Osterman, assistant professor of global affairs and political science at the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame, will moderate the lecture. She serves as a faculty fellow for the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, and the Pulte Institute for Global Development.

About the Speaker

Karuna Nundy serves as an expert on the Columbia University Global Freedom of Expression initiative and a member of the International Bar Association’s High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom chaired by Lord David Neuberger of Abbotsbury with special advisor Amal Clooney.

Nundy’s legal work includes fighting for the rights of the victims of a gas leak in the central Indian city of Bhopal, contributing to India’s 2013 anti-rape laws, helping to draft the Right to Food Act, and leading arguments in India’s definitive online free speech case. She is currently leading arguments to criminalize marital rape and to legalize same-sex marriage.

Nundy has worked with the governments of the Maldives, Nepal, Bhutan, and Pakistan on constitutional, legal, and human rights reforms. She was invited by the United Nations to advise on legal reform in 192 jurisdictions.

Nundy obtained a degree in economics from St. Stephen’s College at Delhi University. Her first law degree is from the University of Cambridge. She then received a master of law from Columbia University. Nundy is qualified to practice law in India and New York.

All Spring 2024 South Asia Group Events

Semester kickoff with chai and samosa
Wednesday, January 24, 12-1 p.m., 2148 Jenkins Nanovic Halls

“Acts of Gods or Governments?: Disasters and Post-disaster Reconstruction as an Issue of Governance in Urban Nepal”
Graduate student research presentation by Shana Scogin, political science
Wednesday, February 7, 12-1 p.m., 2148 Jenkins Nanovic Halls

“Gender, Justice and Joy: Legal Travels through the Patriarchy, Suppressed Speech and Corporate Crime”
Guest lecture by Karuna Nundy, advocate, Supreme Court of India
Friday, March 22, 12-1 p.m., 1050 Jenkins Nanovic Halls

“The Incarcerations: BK-16 and the Fight for Justice and Democracy in Modern India”
Justice and Asia Distinguished Lecture with Alpa Shah, professor of anthropology, London School of Economics and Political Science
Monday, April 29, 4 p.m., 1030 Jenkins Nanovic Halls

Student Presentations
Wednesday, May 1, 12:00–1:00 p.m, 2148 Jenkins Nanovic Halls

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