Dr. Gitanjali Ghosh has been associated with the National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam as an Assistant Professor of Law since April 02, 2015. She is currently engaged in the teaching of International Law, Family Law and Human Rights Law at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Her areas of interest include international law, human rights law, law relating to women and children and customary laws.
Previously, she was engaged as a Researcher under the Human Rights Lawyering Project at the Centre for Women and the Law, National Law School of India University, Bengaluru (NLSIU).
She completed B.A.LL.B. (Hons) from North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong (NEHU) in 2013. She was awarded Gold Medal and Book Prize for securing First Class First Rank and received the same from the then President of India. She further completed LL.M. in Human Rights Law in 2014 and Ph.D. in Law in 2019, both from the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru (NLSIU). Her masters’ dissertation was titled “Resolving Ethnic Conflict through Autonomous District Councils: A Study of Bodoland Territorial Council” and she wrote her doctoral thesis on “De-Constructing Inheritance Rights of Women under Tribal Customary Laws: A Comparative Study of Khasi and Mizo Tribes”. She qualified UGC- NET in 2014 and was also a holder of UGC Junior Research Fellowship (JRF).
She has several publications in national as well as international journals to her credit and has presented several papers at international and national conferences and seminars. She is also a member of the editorial board of a few journals. She is currently a member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law.
In 2015, she was appointed to the Centre for Child Rights to work for the strengthening of the Centre. She is presently co-coordinator of the Centre for Child Rights. Alongwith the team of Centre for Child Rights, she has successfully organized several capacity building programmes for police officers on child related laws; two State Level Workshops on Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015; a State Level Consultation on the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012; a Regional Workshop on Child Laws for Law Students; and a National Level Conference on Protection of Child Rights in Tea Plantations of India, with a particular reference to the implementation of the Plantations Labour Act, 1951, inter alia.
She has spoken as resource person and panellist respectively at several programmes organized by both government and civil society organizations viz. Centre for Child Rights, NLUJA, Assam; Department of Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India; Directorate of Social Welfare, Government of Assam; National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR); Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights; Assam Judicial Academy; National Institute of Public Co-operation and Child Development (NIPCCD) Regional Centre, Guwahati; Tezpur University; Dibrugarh University; Gujarat National Law University; Loreto College, Kolkata; Mahatma Gandhi Labour Institute (MGLI), Government of Gujarat; Assam Administrative Staff College; Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Tinsukia; Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Sonitpur; Office of the Superintendent of Police, Chirang; Office of the Superintendent of Police, Lakhimpur; North Eastern Police Academy, Meghalaya; Assam Police, Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Assam; State Child Protection Society (SCPS), Assam; State Child Protection Society (SCPS), Meghalaya; District Child Protection Unit, Chirang; District Child Protection Unit, Kamrup; United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF); Save the Children; Human Rights Law Network (HRLN); Childline; Adolescent and Child Rights Network, Assam; North-East Network; inter alia.
She has also helped the Human Rights Lawyering Project at the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru with the research under the Research Project on “Shifting Paradigms: Making Clinical Legal Education Relevant” funded by the Department of Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India.
On the administrative front, she has served as the Faculty Advisor of Moot Court Committee and on several other Committees as well.
An avid mooter, she was adjudged the Best Advocate at the Henry Dunant Moot Court Competition (India Round) in 2012. A trained singer, she holds a Visharad in Hindustani Classical Music (Vocals) as well as a Junior Diploma in Rabindra Sangeet. Her other interests include reading; cycling; and watching movies and documentaries.