Arundhati Katju - Batch of 2000
Arundhati Katju, Batch of 2000, is amongst the most respected lawyers globally. She is a litigator practicing criminal, commercial and constitutional law in the Supreme Court of India and High Courts across the country, and is also licensed to practice law in New York.In April 2019, her name featured in Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, along with other prominent personalities such as Menaka Guruswamy, Xi Jinping, Nancy Pelosi and Hasan Minaj and also FastCompany magazine’s 100 Most Creative People in Business.Her awards and recognitions include the prestigious Human Rights Fellowship by Columbia University, New York in 2016 and the Women’s International Leadership Program Fellowship at International House, New York. She was also awarded Columbia Law School’s Herman N. Finkelstein Memorial Fellowship (2018-19). In 2018, she was a US-Italy Young Leaders Fellow. She was a TEDx Speaker at TEDxFerhadija’19 where she spoke about how ‘Stories can change the law’.Post AFBBS, she did her B.A.LL.B. (Hons) from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore (2005). After practising at the Indian bar for 11 years, she enrolled in the LL.M. program (2017) at Columbia University, New York where she was a Human Rights Fellow, James Kent Scholar, and Public Interest Honoree. Her doctoral research at Columbia University, as a Finkelstein Fellow, considers issues of criminal and constitutional law in India.She has litigated many notable cases at the Supreme Court of India and the Delhi High Court, including the Section 377 case, the case of a trans man being illegally confined by his parents, the Augusta Westland bribery case, the 2G spectrum corruption case and the Jessica Lal murder case. Her law practice encompasses criminal law, especially corruption and white collar crime, general civil and commercial litigation, and public interest cases.She researched issues of Indian criminal and constitutional law at the Centre for Study of Law and Culture, Columbia Law School (2017). She has also taught white-collar defence at the National Law University, Delhi.She worked with the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, India (2010) to devise special procedures for criminal trials in cases of sexual offences against children. The Commission’s proposed Bill was considered while drafting the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012. She is also a frequent contributor to the Times of India and Indian Express.Arundhati is an avid yoga practitioner, a student of Sh. Navtej Singh Johar, and has taught yoga in Delhi and New York. During the lockdown, she has been reading Hindi fiction and is trying to teach herself Sanskrit, bringing back memories of classes with Mrs. Dixit. She and her partner Menaka Guruswamy live in Delhi.
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