Lubhyathi was one of the first founding members of the Centre on the Death Penalty at NLU Delhi when it was clear (in August 2014) after one year of field work on the Death Penalty Research Project that there was a pressing need for quality legal representation among prisoners sentenced to death. She was integral to designing and imagining legal interventions, research directions, advocacy measures and funding strategies. She conceptualised and headed the Public Affairs division of the Centre for two years, working with stakeholders outside the judiciary on the death penalty and the criminal justice system. Between March 2015 and April 2016 she headed the Judges' Opinion Study, a collaborative research effort with the University of Oxford, University of Reading and the Death Penalty Project, London.
Prior to setting up the Centre on the Death Penalty, she was a consultant to the High Level Committee at the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, and was Guest Faculty at NLSIU, Bengaluru for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law. She was also an associate at Lawyers Collective's Global Health and Human Rights Project. She began her legal career at Vidhii Partners, Mumbai as part of the banking and civil litigation team. She graduated from Symbiosis Law School in 2010 and has a Masters in Law from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, with a specialisation in International Law.
In the stories that are told about building organisations, the courage required to risk one's professional career merely on the germ of an idea is often underestimated and particularly so when the work often attracts very strong public reaction. Recognition for Lubhyathi (and Shreya Rastogi) through the 2015 Forbes India 30-under-30 was testament to that courage and the risk that was taken. Her decision to leave the Centre in August 2017 to move away from the law and pursue other interests perfectly captures the spirit she brought to the Centre.