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Center for Human Rights and Subaltern Studies

Vision & Mission

To commit to Liberty, Equality, Dignity and ensuring Access to Justice for all and building fraternity with the view of unity and integrity of the Nations….


Under Current Plan guidelines of the UGC, Center for Human Rights and Subaltern Studies has been created by the University, with adequate logistics and resources. To make the global society in general and Indian society in particular, truly sensitive for human rights of people, irrespective of their caste, class, religion, gender, ethnicity, or place of origin. The institutions of higher learning are necessary upholders of human rights and the primary spaces where ‘human rights’ can be studied, understood and first transcended and hence, the institutions of higher learning need contribute in addressing the larger issues of human rights at all levels. NLU Delhi acts as a beacon for the human rights. The UGC has already decided to support research on the issue of “human rights” which have theoretical as well as policy implications. The focus of the Centre is researches on human rights related to the subaltern social groups, especially Dalits, women, indigenous communities and religious, ethnic and linguistic minorities. The idea behind the Center is to establish a teaching-cum-research Centre in National Law University (NLU), Delhi to pursue this noble cause.

The mandate of the Center is broad enough and not confined only to India, but extends to violations of human rights in all forms and manifestations at global level. The Centre has a plan to carry out research and teaching in the area of human rights at national and international level. The Center concentrates on conceptualizing various phenomena, laws, policies and processes address or lead to violation of human rights contextualizing violence and discrimination, in specific as human rights violation. The focus of the Centre is to understand the nature, dynamics and various angularities of human rights violations at both, theoretical and empirical levels with holistic perspective of policy implications. The concern of the Centre is also to generate database through intensive empirical researches, especially regarding the marginalized subaltern communities. The concern of the Centre is also to help and persuade the legislature and governments to enact suitable laws and policies to address human rights of people. The Center seeks to make institutional endeavors to achieve the above said aims and objectives.


Name Designation E-mail ID
Dr. Vinod Kumar Director  
Dr. Prem Chand Member  
Dr. Jasper Vikas Member  
Dr. Sophy Joseph Member  
Ms. Monika Negi Member  

Dr. Vinod Kumar, Associate Professor of Law is the Director of the Center for Human Rights and Subaltern Studies

Collective for Human Rights Advocacy

The Collective for Human Rights Advocacy (CHRA) is a student-run collective under the aegis of the Centre for Human Rights and Subaltern Studies at National Law University Delhi. The collective’s primary objective is to undertake and promote interdisciplinary socio-legal research under the theme of human rights law. In furtherance of our aim, the CHRA blog aims to initiate academic discourse and promote dialogue on contemporary issues concerning human rights law both nationally and internationally. The research team of the Collective aims to involve a diversity of stakeholders both public and private to generate scholarship on contemporary events that violate human rights. Furthermore, it aims to assist and advise policy makers, legislators and other governmental agencies on matters relating to human rights. For a fruitful engagement with stakeholders like students, professionals of other fields, administrators, the collective aims to conduct a series of seminars, conferences and workshops in the field of human rights.

Student Members
  • Ali Ahmed Chaudhary
  • Madhumitha Shankar
  • Anjali Rahul
  • Srishti Gaur
  • Rishit Jain
  • Yashi Agarwal
  • Maanya Chaturvedi
  • Neha Pudil
  • Kaushiki Chauhan
  • Apurva Tayal
  • Azhan Saleem
  • Hinduja Bharti
  • Daya Jyothi
  • Jalaj Kumar
  • Anugrah Shrivastava


  1. To conceptualizing human rights issues in all forms and manifestations through intensive empirical researches.
  2. To identify the social groups, especially the subaltern communities subjected of massive human rights violations, or potentially vulnerable to violation of human rights and also to understand causative factors of their vulnerability.
  3. Developing a holistic understanding about the nature and angularities of human rights violations, both at theoretical and empirical levels.
  4. To identify the institutions and actors at national and international level responsible for massive violations of human rights.
  5. Conceptualizing various phenomena, laws, policies and processes addressing or leading to violations of human rights
  6. Generating a global data base of vulnerability of human rights violations.
  7. Formulating suitable policies for protecting the human rights of subaltern social groups and communities.


The type of intellectual activities that the Centre is engaged in-

  1. Collecting information, social profiling and building a global database through intensive empirical researches on human rights violations.
  2. Carrying out detailed analyses the data generated by the Center through its own empirical researches and government agencies at national and international level.
  3. Policy Intervention through active academics and research engagements and helping in making suitable laws and policies.
  4. Organizing regularly conferences, seminars and symposia in India and abroad on the theme of human rights violations in collaboration with various institutions.
  5. Publishing regularly the research finding and reports.
  6. Organizing public lectures on the subject by eminent scholars
  7. Reaching out to scholars working on the subject in other institutions and inviting them as visiting faculty.
  8. Establishing links with civil society organization engaged in combating human rights violations.
  9. Short-term Orientation courses for state and non-state actors.


M. Phil and Ph. D Programmes

* Undertaking courses at the M. Phil and Ph.D. level programmes in studies of human rights and subaltern studies. CONTINUEING ACTIVITIES OF THE CENTER:

  1. Undertaking research projects from various national and international agencies.
  2. Organizing National and International conferences/workshops/seminars.
  3. Publication of articles and books
  4. Exchange of faculty with other Universities within India and abroad


Networking with Research institutions, Govt. agencies, universities, grass root social movements, NGOs and civil societies at national and international levels.