Dr. Anup Surendranath
Anup is the Director of the Centre on the Death Penalty and an Assistant Professor of Law at NLU, Delhi. At NLU, Delhi, he teaches courses on constitutional law, legal methods, jurisprudence and comparative rights adjudication. He was invited by the Supreme Court of India to serve as the Deputy Registrar (Research) and was on deputation to the court between May 2014 to August 2015. Anup completed his legal education from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad (2001-06) and the University of Oxford (2007-12).
Amartya Kanjilal
Amartya graduated in law from Campus Law Centre, Delhi University in 2013. After graduating, he worked as a judicial clerk at the office of Justice S. Muralidhar in the High Court of Delhi. He then worked in the litigation chambers of Mr. N. Hariharan where he practiced in several courts and tribunals in Delhi.
Dr. Angela Ann Joseph
Angela completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi in 2015. During her doctoral studies, she has worked on child and adolescent mental health projects as a clinical psychologist. After graduating, she was a psychotherapist with Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Private Limited as part of their Employee Assistance Program following which she worked as a clinical psychologist for Round Glass Partners.
Dharmender Yadav
Dharmender is currently pursuing his B.A. from the University of Delhi. He has over eight years of clerical legal experience in the District Courts, the High Court of Delhi and the Supreme Court of India.
Himanshu Agarwal
Himanshu graduated from Symbiosis Law School, Pune in 2013. Before joining the Centre, he worked in the litigation chambers of Dr. Menaka Guruswamy and assisted her work in the Supreme Court. He has also practiced in courts and tribunals across Delhi.
Maitreyi Misra
Maitreyi graduated from Symbiosis Law School, Pune in 2010. She holds a Masters in Law from New York University. She was an International Law and Human Rights Fellow as part of which she worked with the Association for Civil Rights in Tel Aviv, Israel. Before joining the Centre on the Death Penalty, Maitreyi worked with Mr. Anand Grover, advocate at the Supreme Court of India and assisted him in his work as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health.
Neetika Vishwanath
Neetika graduated from the School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore in 2012, after which she worked with the Association for Advocacy and Legal Initiatives (AALI), a legal advocacy and resource group, based in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. In 2014, she went on to do her MA in Women’s Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. She completed her Masters in 2016 and is a recipient of the prize for the best dissertation along with a silver medal for being the second best student in her batch.
Nidhi Thakur
Nidhi completed her graduation and post-graduation from Lady Irwin College, Delhi University. Before joining the Centre, she worked with various non-profit organizations in several capacities including project management, administration and organizational support. Simultaneously, she also completed her Post Graduation Diploma in Business Administration (HR) from Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning, Pune.
Ninni Susan Thomas
Ninni graduated from National Law University, Jodhpur in 2015 with B.A.,LL.B specialising in criminal law. Before joining the Centre she worked with Advocate Sanjay Parikh in the Supreme Court, High Court, National Green Tribunal and other courts in New Delhi.
Peter John
Peter graduated from Jindal Global Law School in 2014. He holds a Masters of Science in Law, Anthropology and Society from the London School of Economics and Political Science. His primary research interest is in the cross-cultural analysis of punishment.
Poornima Rajeshwar
Poornima graduated from Hindu College, University of Delhi in 2014 with a degree in Commerce. She went on to be a Fellow with Milaap Social Enterprise and in 2015 she was accepted into the LAMP fellowship programme (Legislative Assistants to Members of Parliament) administered by PRS Legislative Research. As a LAMP Fellow she worked with R. Dhruvanarayana of the Indian National Congress representing Chamarajanagar in the 16th Lok Sabha.
Preeti Pratishruti Dash
Preeti graduated in law from the National Law University, Odisha in 2014 as a gold medalist. Before joining the Centre, she worked as a legal researcher with Partners for Law in Development, New Delhi on gender justice, sexuality rights and the law.
Rahil Chatterjee
Rahil completed his graduation in History from Ramjas College, Delhi University in 2013 and went on to pursue an MA in Social Work with a specialisation in Criminology and Justice from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. Prior to joining the Centre, he worked as a Community Intervention Associate with Justice and Care, an international anti-human trafficking organisation.
Rahul Raman
Rahul graduated from the School of Law, Christ University in 2015 as a gold medalist. He subsequently worked at Arista Chambers, Bangalore as an associate and is currently involved in the research work at the Centre.
Sahana Manjesh
Sahana graduated from National Law School of India University, Bangalore in 2013. Prior to joining the Centre, she worked at the litigation chambers of advocate Jawahar Raja, whose practice covers civil, criminal and labour law in the Supreme Court, High Court and trial courts of Delhi.
Shreya Rastogi
Shreya graduated from NLU Delhi in June 2013 as a double gold medalist. She subsequently worked for a year in the corporate and litigation teams at Khaitan & Co., Mumbai, before joining the Centre on the Death Penalty. In 2016-17, she completed her LL.M. from the New York University School of Law, and was awarded the Arthur Helton Global Human Rights Fellowship for the year 2017-18.
Shweta Wankhede
Shweta graduated from Government Law College, Mumbai in 2010. She holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Mumbai and an MA in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. Prior to joining the Centre, she worked as an independent consultant on advocacy projects in the development sector.
Vijay Badola
Vijay is a graduate in Commerce from the University of Delhi and works in Accounts and Administration. He has extensive experience in managing the accounts of educational and private institutions.
Yash S. Vijay
Yash graduated from the National Law Institute University, Bhopal in 2014. His prior experience includes working at the Human Rights Law Network, Mumbai as a litigation associate where he handled cases related to criminal justice, women’s rights, housing and labour law. He has previously also worked at the Chambers of Sanjoy Ghose, Additional Standing Counsel, Government of NCT of Delhi, where he litigated on constitutional and administrative law, domestic violence law and labour law before the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court.

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