Course: International Human Rights Law (LL.M)
Area of Study: Legal Theory, International Protection of Human Rights, Indigenous Rights, UN and Conflict Resolution.
University: University of Liverpool
Current place of Residence: Liverpool, England
Scholarship years: 2018 - 2019
Other information: Sayantani Sen believes that law is an infallible weapon for meaningful change. She earned her bachelor’s degree in law from School of Law, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, India in 2013 with the sole intention of pursuing a career in community based lawyering. She gained hands-on experience in constitutional law, comparative legal frameworks and human rights law from internships with Mrs. Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai, Hon’ble Judge, Supreme Court of India, The Indian Society of International Law, and the West Bengal State Human Rights Commission. After graduating, she served as a law clerk at the National Green Tribunal, India, a specialised body for adjudicating environmental disputes. However, appalled by her inability to address the systemic inequities, she decided to engage in public interest litigation and joined Human Rights Law Network, a leading non-profit committed to ensuring access to justice for all, where she worked for two years on strategizing litigation and advocacy towards issues pertaining to abortion, refugee rights and discrimination.
This work largely influenced her decision to apply to Liverpool Law School and Hodgson scholarship was absolutely instrumental for enabling Sayantani to follow her dream of pursuing fully-funded masters in UK. One of her goals while at Liverpool is to explore emerging issues in the field of human rights and develop innovative strategies towards effectuating positive change in access to justice in India.