Almas Shaikh

Research Associate

Almas Shaikh graduated from the National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi with a B.A., LL.B (Hons) degree in 2017 and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva in 2019.

Previously, she has worked both internationally and nationally. In India, she has worked as a dispute resolution lawyer. Subsequently, she has worked with DCAF – Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance and the United Nations International Law Commission in Geneva.

Almas is interested in the intersectionality of human rights and gender rights and its interaction with the protection of vulnerable groups.



Exclusion Amplified: A report on how the pandemic has impacted the trans and intersex community in India

July 25, 2020

This Report is an attempt at presenting the needs and rights of the trans community…

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The Intersection of Disability and Caste

July 20, 2020

This Policy paper explores the importance of the intersections of disability and caste. The authors…

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CLPR | Trans Law Quarterly | Issue II

September 7, 2020

    E D I T O R I A L We are still in…

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Disability Rights to Disability Justice: India’s Case for a Transition

September 2, 2020

There are two competing, often overlapping, movements regarding persons with disabilities – disability rights and disability justice. The former focuses on securing equal opportunities and equal rights for all people with disabilities, while the latter is a framework that examines disability and ableism as it relates to other forms of oppression and identity. “Disability justice” is a term coined by the black, brown, queer, and trans members of the original Disability Justice Collective, founded in 2005 by Patty Berne, Mia Mingus, Stacey Milbern, Leroy Moore, Eli Clare, and Sebastian Margaret.

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COVID-19, Caste and the City

June 22, 2020

On 27th May 2020, a tragic image of a child playing beside his dead mother made headlines. Unfortunately, this is only one of the many instances, which has brought to light India’s stark class inequalities during the migrant crisis.

The migrant crisis has certainly brought some attention to class inequality in India. However, we must resist the urge to view the crisis only through class. About 16% of the total intra-state migrants in India belong to the Scheduled Castes (SCs) and 8% to the Scheduled Tribes (STs), almost equal to their share in the total population, as per data from Census 2011. It is then plausible that a significant fraction of migrants attempting to return to their homes during the lockdown are SC/STs. These communities are vulnerable on the account of their class and caste.

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