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CANCELED: Student Lunch with Watson Senior Fellow Menaka Guruswamy

Monday, March 16, 2020

12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Kim Koo Library, 111 Thayer Street 

Registration required. Register here

This event is for students only.

Come prepared with questions for Watson Senior Fellow Menaka Guraswamy, a Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court of India. Among other cases, Guruswamy was one of the lead lawyers in the recent Supreme Court case to overturn the Indian law banning homosexuality, for which she was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2019. During lunch she will provide insight into civil rights issues, violent protests occurring in India, her legal career, and other topics students hope to discuss. 


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Dr. Menaka Guruswamy practices law before the Supreme Court of India. She is also is BR Ambedkar Research Scholar and Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School. In her litigation practice in India, she focuses on large constitutional rights claims, and has successfully brought reform of the bureaucracy in the country, defended federal legislation that mandates that all private schools admit disadvantaged children and is amicus curiae appointed by the Supreme Court in a case concerning 1528 alleged extra-judicial killings by the military and security personnel. Most recently, she represented petitioners who challenged and successfully overturned India's 158 year sodomy law in the landmark decision of Navtej Singh Jauhar v Union of India delivered on September 6, 2018.