It is our great pleasure to introduce our new IntLawGrrls contributor Raghavi Viswanath. Raghavi is a PhD researcher at the European University Institute in Florence. Her doctoral project investigates ways to improve State accountability for violations of cultural rights in Asia, with specific focus on India, China, and Myanmar. Raghavi obtained her primary degree in law from the National Law Institute University, Bhopal (India). During this course, Raghavi served as the Convener of the Centre for Research in International Law and the Editor-in-chief of the Law Review. She was also associated with Columbia University’s Global Freedom of Expression project as a legal researcher. Raghavi read for the Bachelor of Civil Law at the University of Oxford, where she studied international criminal law, law of armed conflict, and criminal justice. At Oxford, Raghavi worked on criminal law projects housed at the Oxford Pro Bono Publico and the Bonavero Institute for Human Rights.
Raghavi then secured the Oxford-Meron IRMCT Internship Fund to intern at the United Nations International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals in the Hague. Thereafter, she pursued an advanced masters in international criminal law at the Leiden Law School. Raghavi wrote her thesis under the supervision of Prof. William Schabas and graduated summa cum laude. Alongside her PhD at the European University Institute, Raghavi works as a research associate at the Public International Law and Policy Group where she studies trends in domestic prosecutions of international crimes. More recently, she contributed to PILPG’s amicus curiae intervention in the Bosco Ntaganda case at the International Criminal Court. Raghavi’s primary interests lie in international criminal law, human rights law, and third world approaches to international law.