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Prof Asha Bajpai

Professor , Mumbai campus

Centre for Law and Society , School of Law, Rights and Constitutional Governance

L.L.M., M.Phil. (NLSIU, Bangalore), Ph.D. (NLSIU, Bangalore)

Currently, Dr Asha Bajpai is a Professor of Law at the Center for Socio Legal Studies and Human Rights in the School of Law, Rights and Constitutional Governance. She is a PhD in Law with specialization on Child Rights. Her PhD thesis was on the ‘Best Interest of the Child in the Indian Legal System’ She has been involved in, teaching, research, training and legislative reform, for more than three decades.

She was the founder Dean of the School of Law, Rights and Constitutional Governance at TISS. As the founder Dean, she designed and coordinated the unique LLM course on Access to Justice . LLM in Access to Justice is a socially relevant course aimed to prepare community and people’s lawyers for social change and legal research.

Dr.Asha Bajpai was the Fulbright Visiting Lecturer at the American University, Washington College of Law (2004) , Visiting Fellow, Gender, Sexuality and Law Fellowship program, School of Law, Keele University, Keele, North Staffordshire (2007).

Dr. Asha Bajpai is recognized as a national and international expert on child rights and laws. is associated with several national and international associations and networks. She is holder of India Chair of UNCRC Policy Center. She is Member of the Child Watch International Research Board, Global Alliance for Justice Education,

She has assisted the Government of India, Government of Maharashtra The National Commission for Women and the Maharashtra State Commission for Women in drafting several policies and laws relating to women and children with a gender justice perspective. These laws include domestic violence, sexual harassment, labor laws, immoral trafficking, child sexual abuse, economic and property rights of women, family courts, indecent representation of women etc.

She is associated with several committees and commissions. She is in the Executive Committee of the Maharashtra State Legal Services Authority of Mumbai High Court, Advisory Council member for Center for Child Protection, Sardar Patel University of Police Security and Criminal Justice, Jaipur , Member, High level Committee on Status of Women in India, Government of India (law Task Force), and Chairperson of the Coordination Committee on Child protection appointed by Bombay High Court in PIL 182/2010.

Dr Asha Bajpai has been appointed as commissioner by the Mumbai High Court in several Public Interest litigation. Currently she is serving as an Amicus Curiae in a ongoing suo motu PIL in Bombay High Court on sexual abuse of orphan children in institutions.

She has been involved in training of judges, police, Government Officials, NGOS and public prosecutors.

She is trained in mediation of matrimonial disputes and students disputes , handling child sexual abuse cases by police, Feminist Litigation Strategies, Clinical Legal Education , Fact Finding Techniques in Sexual harassment cases.

The research interests include : Socio Legal research relating to access to justice of the socially disadvantaged and marginalized sections of society like women, children, disabled, under trials, HIV/Aids affected, unorganized labour, migrant labour, refugees etc. - Policy, legislative and Constitutional reform relating to human rights and law issues of women, children , juvenile justice, restorative justice, child abuse and exploitation , child and law, youth and law, sexual harassment at workplace, trafficking of women and children, Child labour and education, criminal justice -police, judiciary, courts, plea bargaining and human rights. -Legal strategies for empowerment and community participation like law and social work, law and development, Public Interest litigation or Social Action litigation, Right to Information Legal Aid, Legal Services,, legal literacy, Alternate Dispute Resolution, Court and Case Management. Legal education for social justice, clinical legal education and legal ethics. Comparative and International law

  • Achievements and Challenges in legal protection for Child Rights, India’s Children, Essays on Social policy, edited by A.K. Shivakumar et al, Oxford University Press, , New Delhi, India, 2015
  • Child Victims and Witnesses of Crime in India, Child friendly justice: a Quarter of a century of the UN Convention on Rights of the Child, edited by majmoudi, Pernilla leviner, Anna Kaldal, katrin Lainpelto, Brill Nijhoff, , Netherlands., 2015
  • “Across the High Seas: Abuse, Desertion, and Violence in Transnational Marriages in India” 1077801213506283,  2013
  • Models of Child Participation in Family Law Proceedings following Parental Separation / Divorce, 2012
  • Youth , Law and Governance,    UN Habitat and E social Sciences Available at http://www.globalyouthdesk.org:8080/index.php?option=com_php&Itemid=57 2013
  • Status Report on Homes for Mentally Deficient Children in Maharashtra- Study for Bombay High Court for the PIL 182/2010 (2011)
  • Preparation of Training manual for Field Staff of Child Rights Organisations. (Saarthi Project of Kusuma Foundation) 2009
  • Study of Police Welfare in Mumbai, Research project for Mumbai police, 2008
  • Report on Academic  Quality of Education in BMC Schools in Mumbai, Mumbai High Court (2006, 2008 )
  • Access to Justice for the Disadvantaged and Vulnerable Sections in India, UNDP Project, (UNDP and Mumbai High Court)2007 Registration of First Information Reports by the Police, Bureau of Police Research and Development (2007)
  • Evaluation Study of Child Protection Strategies of Child Victims of Tsunami Disaster and Trafficking Tamilnadu and West Bengal 2006, CRY
  • Study on the Implementation of the Vishaka Judgement on Sexual Harassment at Workplace – A study in Mumbai (2006)
  • Child Rights in India- law, Policy and Practice, Oxford University press (2005) Revised edition now under publication

Dr Asha Bajpai is currently the Project leader of two field action Projects.at TISS

  1. Project Chunauti was initiated by Dr Asha bajpai , to provide sexually abused mentally challenged children with a chance for a better life. The main objective of the project is to ‘strengthen systems for the care and rehabilitation of mentally challenged children, to ensure that children in MDC homes are not exploited or abused and provide a model of rehabilitation and reintegration. The project has had a positive impact with children recovering from trauma, and children have started developing future aspirations and dreams for the first time in their lives. The Chunauti project is now a model or a best practice for rehabilitation and reintegration of mentally challenged, abused, orphan children. As directed by the High Court, the Government has been asked to replicate the project in other MDC Homes across Maharashtra.
  2. The TISS Legal Services Clinic ( LSC ) was started with aim to provide clinical legal experience for the LLM students and to promote access to justice for the marginalized and vulnerable groups by providing free legal advice, legal counselling, mediation, Legal awareness and legal literacy,assistance in filing RTI applications, accessing Government services, schemes and other legal services to the vulnerable sections of society. This project is joint initiative of TISS, MSLSA , UNDP and Department of Justice(DoJ). Besides the in house legal clinic in the TISS campus there are two community clinics as well.

Asha Bajpai has traveled widely and taught at national and international Universities . She has lectured at the Warwick University, Westminister University and American University As an adjunct professor of Law at the Washington College of law, she designed and taught a course on International and Comparative Child Rights law for LLM , JD and dual degree students

In India she is currently teaching at the School of Law, TISS. She has earlier taught at the National law University Bangalore, National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, and NMIMS. She has taught Family Law (with special emphasis on Gender Justice and Rights of the Child and Uniform Civil Code); Contract Law; Legal History; Commercial Transaction; (Sale of Goods and Export and Import Law), Legal Methods; Environment Law; Maritime Law (for shipping trainees); Tax Laws; Women and the Law; Child and the Law; Law and Journalism (Clinical Course); Women, Development & Empowerment, Health Legislations and Human Rights Law. Women & Law; `Law & Social Work’; `Business Laws’; Health Law, Youth & Law, Intellectual Property Rights, Law & development etc., Women and Development , Access to Justice for the Marginalized groups, law and Development.

Email: bajpaia[at]tiss[dot]edu

Prof. Dr. Asha Bajpai
School of Law Rights and Constitutional Governance
Malti & Jal  A.D. Naoroji Campus,
New Campus, 6th Floor,
Tata Institute of Social Sciences,
Deonar Farms Road, Deonar, Mumbai 400088, India
Phone (O): 912225525382
Cell: 09820441230, 9870451230
Fax: 91-22-25525060
Alternate Email: bajpaiasha@gmail.com