Almas Shaikh


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.



Facebook, Hate Speech & Corporate Criminal Liability: Business & Human Rights Obligations of Communication Technology-Based Platforms

February 12, 2021

With the recent event of the US Capitol Hill Siege, the question of corporate criminal liability has yet again come to the fore. Though the basic intent of the communication technology platforms remains communication, businesses and states are using it to evoke feelings of anger, hate and certain instances of violence. In this article, Ms Almas Shaikh, Research Associate at Centre for Law and Policy Research discusses the need for corporate criminal liability to stop human rights violations and ensure the development of technology in a responsible manner.

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Situating Access to Justice During COVID-19: India’s Business and Human Rights Obligations

September 30, 2020

In this paper published by Socio-Legal Review, Almas Shaikh writes about India’s obligations under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). Focusing on the 3rd pillar, access to remedy, She shows the specific need for an accessible framework to address business and human rights violations, especially in the context of COVID-19.

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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 as enshrined in our constitution to enable a just and dignified life during the Covid pandemic. It documents the specific vulnerabilities of the trans community in India and also suggests ways to address them.

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TRANSFORM 2020 Essay Competition | Centre for Law and Policy Research

November 9, 2020

    Centre for Law & Policy Research announces the TRANSFORM 2020 Essay Competition  …

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What do the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Rules, 2020 say?

October 21, 2020

The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, has been in a hurry to implement the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019 (the Act). Despite widespread protests, the Act was passed on 5th December 2019. Several petitions have been filed challenging the constitutional validity of the on the Act. Since then the Ministry has tried to operationalize the Act through the publication of the Rules. After releasing the draft rules in April 2020 and in August 2020; finally, on 25th September 2020, the Ministry notified the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Rules 2020 (the Rules). The Rules seem to have tried to bridge the vast gap between the Act and the directions of the Supreme Court in NALSA v. Union of India.  

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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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