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Lawyer & LGBTQ Advocate; Helped Overturn Anti-LGBT Laws

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Dr. Menaka Guruswamy is BR Ambedkar Research Scholar and Lecturer at Columbia Law School. She also practices law before the Supreme Court of India.

She fought for LGBT rights by successfully campaigning to overturn India’s Section 377 law, which rendered all sexual activities that were considered “against the order of nature” punishable by law in September 2018. Along with another public interest litigator, Arundhati Katju, Guruswamy decided to have individual LGBT Indian citizens approach the court and not institutions like nonprofits or advocacy groups in an effort to humanize LGBT Indians to the court.

The ruling has already made a difference to LGBT Indians: Lower courts now cite the ruling to send local police—who previously were using the penal code to keep same-sex couples apart—to protect gay citizens from intimidation from their families or communities.

Dr. Guruswamy has practiced law in New York, as an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell. She has advised the United Nations Development Fund, New York and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), New York and UNICEF South Sudan on various aspects of International Human Rights Law and has also supported the constitution-making process in Nepal.

In her litigation practice in India, she focusses 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, challenged colonial-era laws that criminalises consensual same-sex relations. She is amicus curiae appointed by the Supreme Court in a case concerning 1528 alleged extra-judicial killings by the military and security personnel.

Dr. Guruswamy read law as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University where she was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Law (D. Phil.) and as a Gammon fellow for a Masters in Law at Harvard Law School. She has been Visiting Faculty at Yale Law School, Columbia Law School and New York University School of Law. Most recently, she was a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin/Institute of Advanced Studies, Berlin for 2016-2017.

Her most recent publications include essays on Constitution-Making in South Asia, in Handbook on Comparative Constitutional Law (Edward Elgar, Forthcoming (2018) and ‘Crafting Constitutional Values: An Essay on the Supreme Court of India’, (An Inquiry into the Existence Of Global Values, Hart Publishing/Bloomsbury: (2015). She has written widely for newspapers including the New York Times, the Indian Express and is currently working on a book on South Asian Constitutionalism. She is also a columnist for the blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law.

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Lawyer & LGBTQ Advocate; Helped Overturn Anti-LGBT Laws

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Menaka Guruswamy Biography

Dr. Menaka Guruswamy is BR Ambedkar Research Scholar and Lecturer at Columbia Law School. She also practices law before the Supreme Court of India.

She fought for LGBT rights by successfully campaigning to overturn India’s Section 377 law, which rendered all sexual activities that were considered “against the order of nature” punishable by law in September 2018. Along with another public interest litigator, Arundhati Katju, Guruswamy decided to have individual LGBT Indian citizens approach the court and not institutions like nonprofits or advocacy groups in an effort to humanize LGBT Indians to the court.

The ruling has already made a difference to LGBT Indians: Lower courts now cite the ruling to send local police—who previously were using the penal code to keep same-sex couples apart—to protect gay citizens from intimidation from their families or communities.

Dr. Guruswamy has practiced law in New York, as an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell. She has advised the United Nations Development Fund, New York and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), New York and UNICEF South Sudan on various aspects of International Human Rights Law and has also supported the constitution-making process in Nepal.

In her litigation practice in India, she focusses 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, challenged colonial-era laws that criminalises consensual same-sex relations. She is amicus curiae appointed by the Supreme Court in a case concerning 1528 alleged extra-judicial killings by the military and security personnel.

Dr. Guruswamy read law as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University where she was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Law (D. Phil.) and as a Gammon fellow for a Masters in Law at Harvard Law School. She has been Visiting Faculty at Yale Law School, Columbia Law School and New York University School of Law. Most recently, she was a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin/Institute of Advanced Studies, Berlin for 2016-2017.

Her most recent publications include essays on Constitution-Making in South Asia, in Handbook on Comparative Constitutional Law (Edward Elgar, Forthcoming (2018) and ‘Crafting Constitutional Values: An Essay on the Supreme Court of India’, (An Inquiry into the Existence Of Global Values, Hart Publishing/Bloomsbury: (2015). She has written widely for newspapers including the New York Times, the Indian Express and is currently working on a book on South Asian Constitutionalism. She is also a columnist for the blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law.

Menaka Guruswamy Videos

  • Menaka Guruswamy – India: My Constitution's Country
    On January 26, 1950, the world's largest democracy adopted its Constitution. As a constitutional-rights litigator before India's Supreme Court, ...
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    Dr. Menaka Guruswamy, Advocate of the Supreme Court of India and Professor at Yale Law School, sits down with Sumi Das to discuss ...
  • The Promises of the Indian Constitution by Menaka Guruswamy
    Eminent Supreme Court Lawyer, Menaka Guruswamy in this special talk at our lab earlier this year, spoke about how our real 'National Book' ...

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  • How much does it cost to book Menaka Guruswamy?

    Booking fees for Menaka Guruswamy, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Menaka Guruswamy, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Menaka Guruswamy?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Menaka Guruswamy for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Menaka Guruswamy for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Menaka Guruswamy or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Menaka Guruswamy or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Menaka Guruswamy is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Menaka Guruswamy for your event is available upon request. Menaka Guruswamy generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Arundhati Katju, Lillian Faderman, Anthony Romero, Indya Moore and Ría Tabacco Mar. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Menaka Guruswamy for an upcoming event.

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  • Menaka Guruswamy – India: My Constitution's Country
    On January 26, 1950, the world's largest democracy adopted its Constitution. As a constitutional-rights litigator before India's Supreme Court, ...
    Dr. Menaka Guruswamy: "The last great revolution will be gender ...
    Dr. Menaka Guruswamy, Advocate of the Supreme Court of India and Professor at Yale Law School, sits down with Sumi Das to discuss ...
  • The Promises of the Indian Constitution by Menaka Guruswamy
    Eminent Supreme Court Lawyer, Menaka Guruswamy in this special talk at our lab earlier this year, spoke about how our real 'National Book' ...
    Inventure Academy- Conversation with Menaka Guruswamy
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