PhD Candidate, Faculty of Legal Studies
South Asian University
Iram Khan is a PhD Scholar at Faculty of Legal Studies, South Asian University, New Delhi, India. She completed her M.Phil and LL.M from South Asian University, and B.A.LL.B(Hons.) from Aligarh Muslim University. Her core research interests include Rights of Women and Minority rights in South Asia, Feminist Legal Theory and Gender in International Law. She has attended the IGLP Scholars Workshop 2019 organized by Institute for Global Law and Policy (Harvard Law School) in Bangkok, Thailand. She has also been selected to present a Paper during the Junior Scholars Conference of the 7th Asian Society of International Law Biennial Conference in Manila, Philippines to be held in August 2019.
Project Description - Sexual Harassment in the Institutions of Higher Learning: A Case-Study of Indian Universities
Sexual harassment is a criminal offense in India. But with criminal law consistently failing women, there is a whole trend to go away from criminal law mechanisms. This coupled with the tendency of a neoliberal State to stay away from the affairs of a university in the name of giving autonomy, has resulted in the creation of Internal Complaint Committees (ICC) at the level of Universities to tackle with sexual harassment cases. This has happened without looking into the modus operandi of ill trained members of ICC in dealing with sexual harassment cases. Till now ICC has been projected as a quick fix to deal with sexual harassment cases, but the proposed paper argues that ICC must be done away with for they are causing larger harm to the complainants.
Feedback on Program
"Being part of Indian Equality Law Program has been a truly transformative experience for me. The entire combination of working on my project under the excellent guidance of Prof Tarunabh Khaitan and attending seminars, workshops and reading groups at Melbourne Law School exposed me to a very high quality academic environment. It also provided me with a unique opportunity to interact and learn from some of the best Professors at the Melbourne Law School who very generously gave me their time and provided me with comments on my work. I am very thankful to Prof. Jenny Morgan, Prof. Beth Gaze, Prof Anna Chapman and Prof Alysia Blackham for providing me with their valuable feedback on my work and also suggesting me several relevant literature useful for my work. The research scholars at MLS are very friendly and they always took the first initiative in breaking the ice and I truly cherish the time spent with so many of them. I am grateful to Ms Dilara Ozer, Ms Kathryn Taylor and Ms Debbie Yu for all their support and help.
Every day was a learning experience. I finished the Fellowship feeling so enriched and inspired to contribute so much to my field of knowledge."