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Prabha Kotiswaran

Dr. Prabha Kotiswaran is Reader in Law and Social Justice at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London. She received her undergraduate law degree from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore and an LLM and SJD (doctorate) from Harvard Law School. She practiced law at Debevoise and Plimpton, New York. Her research interests include criminal law, transnational criminal law, sociology of law, legal ethnography, postcolonial theory and feminist legal theory. Her 2011 book Dangerous Sex, Invisible Labor: Sex Work and the Law in India (Princeton) won the 2012 SLSA-Hart Prize for Early Career Academics. She has also edited Sex Work (Women Unlimited, New Delhi, 2011), and co-edited special issues of the Journal of Law and Society and the Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly both on Economic Sociology of Law. Current projects include books on Governance Feminism (with Janet Halley, Rachel Rebouche and Hila Shamir) plotting the trajectory of policy and legal successes achieved by transnational feminist movements; as well as a book on the transnational criminal law regime spawned by the Palermo Protocol on Trafficking and its relationship with migration and labor exploitation. 

Dr. Kotiswaran also teaches Transnational and International Criminal Law (with Nicola Palmer) and Sociology of Law, Legal Culture and Transnational Challenges (with David Nelken) as part of the Transnational Law LL.M. Pathway at King’s. Along with Professor Zumabnsen, she convened the Inaugural Transnational Law Summer Institute in July 2015.

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