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Sital Kalantry

Sital Kalantry is a Clinical Professor at the University of Chicago Law School where she founded and is director of the International Human Rights Clinic. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Chicago, she was director and founder of the Cornell International Human Rights Clinic and the Avon Global Center for Women and Justice. She has extensive experience working on and supervising projects that utilize litigation and non-litigation strategies to promote international human rights, particularly women's rights and economic, social, and cultural rights. She has testified before the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights, submitted party and amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Federal Appellate Courts, European Court of Human Rights, Indian High Courts, and the Colombian Constitutional Court, has lead fact-finding teams on several trips to India, Colombia, and Argentina to conduct research in connection with the publication of human rights reports, and has worked with non-governmental organizations to produce training manuals, including a manual for judges on fair trial rights.

Professor Kalantry’s scholarly work focuses on using quantitative and qualitative approaches to understand and promote the enforcement of international human rights law. She received a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Scholar grant to conduct research in India on the use and impact of public interest litigation. She was selected by law students at Cornell to receive the Dean Lukingbeal award in recognition of her contributions made to women students. Her works have been published in, among other places, the Human Rights Quarterly, the National Law Journal, and the Stanford Journal of International Law. She is a member of the lawyers advisory committee of Peace Brigades International and served on the International Human Rights Committee of the New York City Bar Association.