Vasuki Nesiah is Associate Professor of Practice at New York University where she teaches human rights and law and social theory. Currently, she is also a Senior Fellow atMelbourne Law School. She continues to teach in Harvard Law School’s Institute for Global Law and Policy. She has published widely on the history and politics of human rights, humanitarianism, international criminal law, international feminisms and colonial legal history. These continue to be areas of research and writing but the primary focus of her current research is reparations. A volume which she co-edited with Luis Eslava and Michael Fakhri, A Global History of Bandung and Critical Traditions in International Law will be published by Cambridge University Press later this year. A founding member of Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL), Nesiah continues as an active participant in this network. She serves on the international editorial committees of the journals Feminist Legal Studies and the London Review of International Law. 

Before entering the academy full time, Nesiah spent several years in practice at the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), where she worked on human rights law and policy issues for over seven years. Originally from Sri Lanka, she earned her BA in Philosophy and Government at Cornell University, was a visiting student in the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Program at Oxford University, and earned her JD and SJD, an interdisciplinary doctorate in public international law, at Harvard Law School. Her publications can be accessed at

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