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Sital Kalantry


am tenured law professor and associate dean at Seattle University Law Center where I founded an interdisciplinary center on India. Previously, I was a professor at Cornell Law School for fifteen years. I am an expert in reproductive rights law, comparative law, and contract law.  The focus of my research work is to understand and solve human rights issues globally focusing on India and the United States.


My latest book, Court on Trial, published by Penguin Press, examines the Indian Supreme Court using originally developed data to propose reforms to improve the transparency and functioning of the Court. I have written over a dozen articles and book chapters and I am a regular media commentator. I received by J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, MSc from London School of Economics and B.A. from Cornell University. You can read my scholarly and popular work on this website.

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Women's Human Rights & Migration

My award-winning book, Women’s Human Rights and Migration: Sex-Selective Abortion Law in India and the United States explores the consequences of the use of acontextual information to develop laws relating to reproduction in the United States. The book undertakes a comparative and empirical study of sex-selective abortion prohibitions in India and the United States. 


I have given over hundred presentations in almost every continent in the world. I have presented on topics including law and justice in the age of coronavirus, citizenship and human rights in India, rights of indigenous people, sex-selection abortion laws in the U.S. and India, Indian Supreme Court, transnational legal feminism. Some of my recorded presentations can be found below.

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Media commentary

My opinions have been sought after by reporters on numerous media stories, including those relating to violence against women, the Indian Supreme Court, sex-selective abortion laws. Access some of the news stories in which I was quoted here.

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