Sital Kalantry is a Clinical Professor of Law, Director of the International Human Rights Policy Advocacy Clinic, and Co-Director of the Migration and Human Rights Program at Cornell Law School. She is an expert in international human rights and her scholarship focuses on gender and education rights, particularly within the context of India and the United States. In her book, Women’s Human Rights and Migration, she uses empirical, comparative, and critical race studies approaches to critique the legislative process and mainstream discourse regarding sex-selective abortion bans in the United States. In the book, she argues for a transnational feminist approach to examining regulations on immigrant women’s behavior. She is currently working on a series of articles based on an empirical analysis of the jurisprudence of the Indian Supreme Court.
Her works have been published in top peer-reviewed and American and International journals, including the Human Rights Quarterly, the National Law Journal, and the Stanford Journal of International Law, and the Nordic Journal of Human Rights.
In addition to her scholarly work, she conducts international human rights advocacy and litigation. She has testified before the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights, submitted party and amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Federal Appellate Courts, European Court of Human Rights, Indian High Courts, and the Colombian Constitutional Court and has lead fact-finding teams on several trips to India, Colombia, and Argentina to conduct research in connection with the publication of human rights reports.
Kalantry has been invited to deliver numerous talks and presentations around the world. She has received many awards and grants for her work, including a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Scholar grant to conduct research in India on the Indian Supreme Court and helping to secure a $1.5 million dollar grant to establish a center focused on women and justice. She serves as a peer-reviewer for several human rights journals and is on the editorial board of the Jindal Global Law Review and the Maharashtra National University Law Review. Kalantry is a member of the lawyers advisory committee of Peace Brigades International and served on the International Human Rights Committee of the New York City Bar Association. She is fluent in Hindi and conversant in Spanish.
Prior to entering teaching, she was an associate in the project finance group of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, associate general counsel of a company that acquired Excite.com, and counsel at O’Melveny & Myers. She received her A.B. from Cornell University magna cum laude in 1994. She obtained a Masters degree from the London School of Economics in 1995 and her law degree (J.D.) from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1998.