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Dr. Sophy K.J.

Associate Professor

Sophy K. Joseph is Assistant Professor of Law at the National Law University Delhi since 2013. She was Post-doctoral Fellow in the project, Laws of Social Reproduction, sponsored by European Research Council, anchored by the King’s College of London. She focused her research on ‘Paid Domestic Work. Her subjects of teaching are Labour and development and Legal History at the University. Her main subject areas of research include Legal Anthropology, Unorganised sector and the Labour, Globalization and Labour rights and Alternate IP and human rights.


During her post- doctoral research on ‘Paid Domestic work’, She studied the sector from inter-disciplinary perspective understanding feminist discourse, political economy view point and (non)legal recognition of women’s work. In her doctoral study, she studied ‘Farmers’ rights in Neo-liberal India’, wherein she analyzed the impact of legal policy reforms during ‘second green revolution’ phase on farmers’ customary rights and livelihood, particularly in the context of the extension of private property rights to plant varieties and seeds and migration of cultivators to the cities. She is engaged with many policy initiatives with the international organizations, state governments, Law Commission and civil society organisations. Her policy work includes assisting in drafting of labour policies, Bill on Domestic Workers, Rule making for Bonded labourers, drafting policy for ‘the Protection of Early Childhood Care and Development’, uniform legislation for informal sector etc.. Her recent policy work included drafting Bill for Domestic Workers, titled, Domestic Workers Regulation of Work and Social Security Bill, 2017. She is also part of assisting litigation in the Supreme Court for the construction workers and domestic workers.  She had been part of various projects such as UNDP-GoI project on “Access to Justice for the marginalised- the construction workers at Noida” and IGSSS project on ‘Impact of the BOCW Act on the Construction Workers in India’.


She has both international and national publications to her academic credit and has presented in various international and national conferences and workshops. Her recent publication is the book titled, ‘Customary Rights of Farmers in Neo-liberal India: Legal and Policy Analysis’ is published by the Oxford University Press, India in 2020.


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Area of Interest.
    • Labour Rights,
    • Informal economy and Globalisation,
    • Legal Anthropology,
    • IPR 
    • Human Rights