Board of Trustees
Jayshree Satpute is recognized by The Guardian (UK) as one of “World’s Top 100 Inspiring Women”, Jayshree is a lawyer and human rights activist with extensive experience advocating at the Supreme Court of India and various High Courts. Her groundbreaking work has focused on the protection of slum dwellers, refugees, poor women and children, with cases such as Court of Its Own Motion v. Union of India, W.P. (C) 5913/2010 which resulted in the construction of shelter homes for homeless pregnant and lactating women. She was the former Director of Litigation at the Human Rights Law Network (HRLN), India’s largest public interest organization, and has been appointed amicus in several cases. Jayshree was selected by the White Ribbon Alliance as one of the seven young advocates from developing countries to attend the “Women: Inspiration & Enterprise Symposium” in NY, USA, and is a member of iSERP, a group of international academics, judges and activists working to develop critical and transformative thinking about SER-based legal strategies. She received her L.L.B. from Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar University College of law, Nagpur and her L.L.M. from City University London. Jayshree was born in Ballarpur, Maharashtra and lives in New Delhi.
Aditya Satpute is an experienced academic and practitioner in an array of legal areas, both in India and abroad. He is a qualified legal counsel in the High Court of Bombay and the Supreme Court of India, specialising in litigation pertaining to human rights, land acquisition, labour, and employment laws. Earlier in his career, Aditya interned at the Human Rights Law Network and was involved in conducting research studies and organising colloquiums on various subjects, such as the Independent People’s Tribunal on the World Bank in India, HIV/AIDS, national criminal reforms, and the Independent People’s Tribunal on Untouchables. He gained exposure to international trade and investment laws while working as a Research Fellow at the Centre for WTO Studies under the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade – a think-tank set up by the Department of Commerce of India to be a permanent repository of WTO negotiations-related knowledge and documentation. Aditya holds an LL.M. in International and European Law (specifically in Trade and Investment) from the University of Amsterdam and a double degree in Law and Socio-Legal Sciences from the University of Pune.
Shubhada Deshmukh is a trustee and founding member of Amhi Amachya Arogyasathi, an NGO committed to empowerment of tribal women in the areas of health, livelihood and food security in Maharasthra, India. Amhi Amchya Arogyasathi engages in a range of accountability initiatives on issues of socio-economic rights, including serving as a community monitoring body for the National Rural Health Mission, the Government’s national health program. Shubhada was an active member in Chhatra Yuva Sangharsha Vahini (Student’s movement promoted by Shri Jayaprakash Narayan for ‘Sampurna Kranti’ Total Revolution) during her college years and later. She is a post-graduate in Social Work from Nagpur University and has received numerous awards for her excellent services in empowering women in tribal areas, including the Maharashtra Foundation Award.
Vinodh Jaichand is Professor of Human Rights and Director of the International Human Rights Exchange at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Previously, as Deputy Director at the Irish Centre for Human Rights he has been the architect of the prestigious LL M in Economic, Social and Cultural Rights which was launched in September 2009. Vinodh has participated in training of police, lawyers, prosecutors, and judges in China, South Africa, Slovenia, Slovakia, Hungary, Ireland, Ethiopia, Nepal and India. Apart from English he is published in Chinese, German, Portuguese and Spanish in numerous journals around the world. He also published three books, two major reports and has presented papers in twenty-five countries.
Fred Rooney is a recognized expert in developing innovative approaches to increase access to justice for underserved populations, with more than 20 years of legal experience working with and on behalf of poor and marginalized communities. Fred is the Founding Director of Community Legal Resource Network (CLRN), and Director of Externals Relations at City University of New York School of Law. He has designed and implemented CLRN’s Incubator for Justice, and serves as the Institutional Coordinator of Continuing Legal Education (CLE), which provides low cost CLE programs to network attorneys, and oversees the Contemplative Lawyering Program. Fred also has extensive international experience, including his role as International Liaison and 1st Scholar in Residence to Symbiosis Law School in Pune, India.
Housing is a core component of the right to an adequate standard of living. Read More.
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State has to guarantee that the right to health is available, accessible and of high quality. Read More.