South Asian Journal of Law, Policy, and Social Research
The South Asian Journal of Law, Policy, and Social Research (SAJLPSR) is an open-access legal and social science journal that aims to create an interdisciplinary research platform to foster prospective solutions to legal and social issues in South Asian countries. It is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes original and previously unpublished research. Each issue will focus on a central socio-legal theme in an effort to promote policies created from evidence-based social science.
Copyright is retained by authors and photographers of their work. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the Journal's or the parent organisations’ policies.
Volume I of the South Asian Journal of Law, Policy, and Social Research focuses on the theme of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) which is inclusive of physical, sexual, and psychological harm on the basis of gender, in the South Asian region. Volume I has seen research articles that explore GBV through fields such as Policy, Law, and various social structures, highlighting the issue through the lens of academics from those who work in or study the different SAARC regional countries. This issue features research perspectives to GBV in the region focusing on intimate partner violence, apprehension of attacks in public spaces, sexual-abuse at young ages, harassment at workplaces and significance of third party interventions in such cases, and struggles of victims in conflict zones, amongst others, along with several exceptional photographs from photographers around South Asia that give an artistic perspective to GBV. We expect the papers published in this issue to lead by example and provide a road map for us to consider new ways of responding to, and preventing GBV, not just in South Asia but around the world.
Umair Ahmed Andrabi is the Co-Founder & Director of the Foundation for Academia, Innovation & Thought (FAITH). He is in the final year of law school at the Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia. Umair sees law as a crucial instrument of social change and believes quality research should be reflected in policy making and be made accessible to everyone.
Trisha Aurora, our Lead Medical Student Editor, is a medical student at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Rochester in Neuroscience. Her interests include: women's health, mental health, and working with underserved communities.
Catherine Cerulli, JD, PhD, is a practicing attorney who is a Professor at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester. She is the Director of the Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization, as well as the Susan B. Anthony Center. She has worked in the area of violence prevention in a variety of capacities as an attorney, counselor, researcher, and activist. (until 31st August 2020)
John P. Cullen , PhD, is the Associate Director of the Susan B. Anthony Center at the University of Rochester and a Professor of Clinical and Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He is committed to creating an inclusive, equitable, and supportive workplace, and his efforts have led to the delivery of local and national workshops and conferences that address racial, ethnic, and LGBTQ healthcare as well as disparities in the delivery of medical services.
Catherine Faurot MA, MFA is Assistant Director of the Susan B. Anthony Center at the University of Rochester, where she works on social justice and human rights issues through dissemination, international projects, community and campus engagement work, and social media efforts. She holds Masters degrees in writing from Dartmouth College and Bennington College.
Naseer Husain Jafri is the Co-Founder & Director of the Foundation for Academia, Innovation & Thought (FAITH). He has graduated in law from Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia. Naseer is a passionate student of law and has a keen interest in contributing to the research sector, believing that fostering communication between different groups of people is essential for the development of a globalized world.
Farhat Basir Khan is a distinguished media practitioner, visual communication strategist, innovator, and author. He serves as MAKA Chair Professor and Professor of Media & Communication at AJK MCRC. He has been recognized for pioneering media education and communication on development, sensitization for democratic participation, gender, mental health, violence prevention, nurturing scientific temperament, and championing a fully connected, empowered, and inclusive digital India.
Catherine Kothari, PhD, is Associate Professor at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine. She is senior epidemiologist for Cradle-Kalamazoo, a collective impact community initiative to promote population health and racial equity. She conducts investigator-initiated research on social determinants of health and service delivery across health, social service, criminal justice, and mental health systems.
Joloire Lauture is from New York City and is currently a medical student at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. In 2016, she received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Rochester in English Literature. Her research interests have included access to permanent supportive housing and healthcare for homeless individuals and the social determinants of health of women coming out of incarceration.
Olga Alvarez Lopez is a medical student at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She received a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Biological Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh. Her work is focused on oncology, healthcare barriers, and social justice.
Mona Mittal, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Family Science, School of Public Health, at the University of Maryland, College Park. As a clinical researcher Dr. Mittal is engaged in prevention and intervention research aimed at improving health outcomes of women with experiences of gender-based violence.
Diane Morse, MD, is an internal medicine physician and researcher with special skills, training, and experience regarding women with co-morbid substance use disorders, under-treated medical conditions, trauma history, domestic violence, and criminal justice involvement. She also has extensive experience as an educator and researcher in medical communication.
Margaret L. Phillips , JD, is Associate Professor and Director of the Paralegal Studies program at Daemen College in Buffalo, New York. She advocates for paralegals to assist in resolving the access to justice crisis, and researches and writes in the area of legal pedagogy for college students.
Dr. Faizanur Rahman, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law at Jamia Millia Islamia, located in New Delhi. He has been working as a mentor to the F.A.I.T.H. student team and supports open access to peer-reviewed dissemination of science.
Ramya Sampath is a medical student at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Christopher D. Thomas is Counsel at Nixon Peabody LLP. He is a trial lawyer with 35 cases-to-jury verdict. He focuses his practice on the aggressive representation of people, businesses and non-profits. Major clients include universities, utilities, construction, and pharmaceutical companies.
Student Advisory Board
Miran Ahmad, Student, Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia
Mohammad Haroon, Student, Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia
Vareesha Irfan, Student, Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia
Amaan Nisar, Student, Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia
Tanisha, Student, Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia