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Amal Sethi, SJD Candidate

Student Bio

Amal Sethi is a doctoral candidate at Penn Law where he researches on constitutional courts in developing democracies. During his time as a doctoral candidate, Amal has been a Legal Writing Fellow at Penn Law, a Salzburg Cutler Law Fellow, a Global Women’s Leadership Fellow, A Fellow with the Penn Law-UN Women’s Family Law Project and the Assistant Editor of the Penn Global Affairs Blog. He has also assisted the Private Sector Advisory Group for a SDG Fund Report on “How the Private Sector Can Contribute to SDG 16”. Further, Amal has served as a Special Rapporteur for a United Nations Roundtable on “Women and Legislative Reform” co-convened by various United Nation agencies.

Prior to his current role, Amal received his LLM from Penn Law. While pursuing his LLM, he served as an International Editor on the Penn Journal of International Law. Additionally, Amal worked with the Center for Ethics and Rule of Law, International Refugee Assistance Project, and International Human Rights Advocates. He was also part of a group that provided recommendations to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and UN Women on the impact of Gender Equality Provisions and Constitution Making.

Previously, Amal has worked with numerous organizations on issues such as primary education, Gujarat-Riots litigation, and the rehabilitation of convicted felons. In addition, he has widely lectured on several legal and political issues as a visiting faculty at various colleges in India. Currently, Amal serves on the Board of Dagar, a non-profit organization based in Mumbai.

Before joining Penn, Amal completed his LLB from The Government Law College Mumbai, graduating as a recipient of the Nivedita Nathany Award for Academic Excellence and Leadership. He also holds Post Graduate Diplomas in Human Rights Law from NLS, Bangalore and International Humanitarian Law from NALSAR, Hyderabad.