Namita Wahi

Dr. Namita Wahi is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research and Founding Director of the Land Rights Initiative. She is also a Global Fellow at the Centre for Law and Social Transformation at the University of Bergen and Visiting Professor at National Law School, Bengaluru. Namita has published and taught extensively in the areas of human rights and state accountability at Harvard University, European University Institute, University of Bergen, and National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata.  Namita’s scholarship has informed her extensive policy engagements with the Indian government, including with the Prime Minister’s Office. Previously, Namita was a litigator with Davis Polk and Wardwell in New York City. Namita holds a doctorate in juridical sciences (S.J.D.) and LL.M. degrees from Harvard Law School, where she was awarded the Laylin Prize for the “Best Paper in International Law”, and also served as the Founding President of the first university-wide Harvard India Student Group. She also holds B.A. and LL.B. (Hons.) degrees from National Law School, Bengaluru, where she graduated first in her class and received several gold medals for her academic achievements.