MAHAPATRA, Sohini (Dr.)

MAHAPATRA, Sohini (Dr.)

Asst. Professor of Law

Email: sohini.mahapatra@nluo.ac.in, mahapatrasohini@gmail.com
Contact:

Qualifications:

PhD (NLU Odisha) 2018, LLM (NLU Odisha) 2014 (University Gold Medalist), B.A.LLB (Amity University) 2012

Research Interests:

Animal Welfare Law, Media Law

Subjects Taught:

Labour Law I, Labour Law II, Media Law, Civil Procedure Code, Animal Welfare Law, Child Labour, Language and Communication Skills

Brief Biographical Note:

Dr. Sohini Mahapatra, first joined the university as a Research Associate in Research Project entitled “Exploring Changing Dynamics of Children Law in India in Post Liberalization Era” sanctioned by Indian Council of Social Science Research under Centre for Child Rights in May 2016. Prior to that she has been a Visiting Faculty in the university, since February 2016. She was also one of the faculties for in the Barefoot Lawyers’ College, NLUO which is an Advanced Vocational Diploma in Paralegal Studies under UGC Community College Scheme. In October 2018, she completed her Ph.D. from NLU Odisha, on ‘Non-Humans and the Law: An Analysis of Animal Welfare and Animal Rights Within the Indian Legal Discourse’. Furthermore, she is a proud alumni of the university having completed her Masters in Law from NLUO, in 2014 where she was awarded the University Gold Medal for securing First Rank in LLM. She completed her B.A.LLB from Amity Law School, Amity University, NOIDA in the year 2012, where she was awarded Merit Scholarship by Amity University for Academic

BOOK

  • Author, Non-human Animals and the Law: An Analysis of Animal Welfare and Animal Rights Within the Indian Legal Discourse (Thomson Reuters, First Edition 2020) (ISBN 978-93-89407-65-5)

https://www.alaw.org.uk/2020/05/nonhuman-animals-and-the-law-by-dr-sohini-mahapatra/ (Book reviewed by Michelle Li Sze Cheng, UK Centre for Animal Law, London)

  • Editor, Animal and Environmental Jurisprudence: A Wildlife Perspective (Satyam Law International 2020) (ISBN: 978-93-87839-61-8)

BOOK CHAPTERS

  • “Role of World Organization for Animal Health in Preserving Aquatic Life” in Fisheries Conservation and Trade in Fisheries: Towards Sustainable Use (Accepted for publication)
  • “Climate change and threat to Marine Life: The void in Indian Legal Scenario” (Accepted for publication)
  • “Sexism and Speciesism: Animal Welfare Mirrored in Feminism”, Chapter 1 in Animal and Environmental Jurisprudence: A Wildlife Perspective (Satyam Law International 2020) (ISBN: 978-93-87839-61-8)
  • Author, Labour Laws and Atrocities Act (Unit – 2)’ as part of ‘Block – 3: Vulnerable and the Law’ of Legal Awareness Programme under Odisha State Open University, Sambalpur
  • Editor, for ‘Consumer Laws and RTI (Unit – 2)’ as part of ‘Block – 4: Commercial Laws’ of Legal Awareness Programme under Odisha State Open University, Sambalpur

JOURNAL ARTICLES

  • “India’s Perspective on the Welfare of Farm Animals”, Animal Justice UK: Special Edition Farm Animals, A-Law UK Centre for Animal Law, August 2020
  • Case Comment: ‘Evolving Jurisprudence for Friends Beyond Species through Cause Lawyering – A Comment on Govt., Tamil Nadu v Animal Welfare Board of India’, NLUO Law Journal, Volume VI, 2019 [ISSN: 2348-8913]
  • Case Comment: “Traversing Beyond Traditional Human Rights: A Comment on Narayan Dutt Bhatt v Union of India”, Human Rights Law Journal NLUO, Volume III, 2018 [ISSN: 2581-3307]
  • “Perceiving Animals as ‘Right Holders’: Understanding the concept of ‘Animal Rights’ and ‘Animal Welfare’, Rostrum’s Law Review Vol. IV, Issue II, 2018 [ISSN: 2321-3787]
  • Case Comment: “Devidas Ramachandra Tuljapurkar v State of Maharashtra – An Oxymoron of Freedom of Speech and Expression”, Lex Revolution, ISSN 2394-997X, UGC Journal No. 45256, for publication in Volume IV, Issue 2, April-June 2018
  • "Sacrifice As Oblation in India – Animal Welfare versus Freedom of Religion", Cochin University Law Review (ISSN 0970-0331, UGC Listed), Vol. LXII, Jan- June 2017
  • Book review of ‘Wild Animal Protection Laws in India”, NLUO Law Journal, Vol. IV 2017 [ISSN No. 2348-8913]
  • Co-authored “Addressable Systems: Journey of Organizing the Cable Industry in India”, Journal of Contemporary Legal Affairs, Vol. 4 Issue 2 [ISSN No. 2518-8798]
  • Co-authored “Child Prodigy v Child Rights: A Case Study on Budhia Singh”, NLUO Journal of Rights of Child Vol.1 Issue 1
  • “The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act 2013: A Long Due ‘Hasty’ Legislation”, International Journal of Human Resource Management and Research (IJHRMR), Volume 6 Issue 4 [ISSN(P): 2249-6874; ISSN(E): 2249-7986] Aug 2016, 23-40
  • “Transgenders in India: Status of ‘Third Gender’ and Need for Gender-Neutral Gender Equality”, International Journal of Research and Analysis, Volume 4 Issue 1 [ISSN 2347-3185] 175-183

ONLINE ARTICLES/BLOGS

PAPER PRESENTATIONS:
  • Presented a paper on ‘Climate Change and Threat to Marine Life: The Void in Indian Legal Canvas’ at the International Conference on Maritime Law 2020, organized by Centre for Maritime Law NLUO in collaboration with Paradip Port Trust, Adani Dhamra Port and HP Law Advocates, held at National Law University Odisha (22-23 February 2020)
  • Awarded Best Paper Presentation on ‘Sexism and Speciesism: Animal Welfare Mirrored in Feminism’ at 3rd International Conference on Contemporary Legal Issues 2019, organized by School of Law, Galgotias University, Greater NOIDA (9 March 2019)
  • Presented a paper on ‘Sexism and Speciesism: Animal Welfare Mirrored in Feminism’ at 3rd International Conference on Contemporary Legal Issues 2019, organized by School of Law, Galgotias University, Greater NOIDA (9 March 2019)
  • Presented a paper on “Evolution of Animal Rights in India: From Property to Person” at two day Conference on Environment Protection and Animal Rights, organized by and held at NUSRL, Ranchi (8-9 September 2018)
  • Presentation on B. Voc Programme on Access to Justice in Faculty Seminar Series at NLUO (8 August 2018)
  • Presented ‘Perceiving Animals as Right-holders: Understanding the difference between Animal Welfare and Animal Rights’ in Faculty Seminar Series at NLUO (12 July 2017)
  • Presented a paper on ‘Perceiving Animals as Right-holders: Understanding the difference between Animal Welfare and Animal Rights’ at National Seminar on Animal Welfare at NUJS, Kolkata (10 September 2016)
  • Presented a Paper on ‘Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplaces’ at International Seminar on Security, Environment, Gender and Violence held at S.B. Women’s College, Cuttack (7 November 2015)
CONFERENCE/SEMINAR/ WORKSHOPS:
  • Successfully Participated in Online Training Programme on New Labour Codes 2020 organized by V V Giri National Labour Institute (30-31 March 2021)
  • Nominated as Participant, Workshop on Industrial Relations Code 2020 Codes organized by V V Giri National Labour Institute (17 March 2021)
  • Attended One Week Training Workshop on "Moodle and ICT-Based Teaching and Learning” organized by NLUO in collaboration with Prof. K Srinivas, NIEPA (16-23 March 2020)
  • Participated in Second Regional Consultation on Review of Laws relating to Inter-State Women Migrant Workers, organized by National Commission for Women, New Delhi in collaboration with NLU Odisha (14 May 2020)
  • Participated in Regional Consultation on Female Labour Force Participation Rate organized by National Commission for Women, New Delhi in collaboration with V.V. Giri National Labour Institute, NOIDA and Centre for Women and Law and Centre for Industrial Relations and Labour Laws, NLUO (6 March 2020)
  • Participated in Panel Discussion on Maritime Law organized by Centre for Maritime Law, National Law University Odisha in collaboration with 6th NLUO – Bose & Mitra & Co. International Maritime Arbitration Moot 2019 (29 March 2019)
  • Participated in State-level Consultation on Domestic Workers, organized by National Platform for Domestic Workers, at Bhubaneswar (23 February 2019)
  • Nominated to Participate in Two-day State Level Consultation on Effective Implementation of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, 2015 with special focus on Integrated Child Protection Scheme Status, organized by Odisha High Court Committee on Juvenile Justice & UNICEF, held at Odisha State Judicial Academy (17 – 18 November 2018)
  • Co-ordinated and attended Two-Day Judicial Colloquium on Juvenile Justice organized by Centre for Child Rights, NLU Odisha in collaboration with UNICEF, International Institute of the Rights of Child, Geneva and HAQ Centre for Child Rights, Delhi (7 – 8 July 2018)  
  • Participated in the three-day National Discussion Meet on Implementation of RTE: Status, Issues and Challenges, organized by National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA) in collaboration with Centre for Child and Law, NLSIU Bengaluru (26 – 28 March 2018)
  • Nominated to Participate in the Fourth Round Regional Consultation on Effective Implementation of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, 2015 with special focus on Integrated Child Protection Scheme, organized by Supreme Court Committee & Odisha High Court Committee on Juvenile Justice, at Odisha State Judicial Academy (24 March 2018)
  • Participated in ‘Barefoot Counselling Workshop’ by Mrs. Bhooma Krishnan, organized by NLUO in collaboration with Your Dost (20 January 2018)
  • Participated in One day workshop on Animal Rights and Basic First-aid, ‘Odisha Animal Lovers Meet 2017’ organized by Ekamara Animal Welfare Trust, Bhubaneswar (12 November 2017)
  • Participated in One-day Magazine Design Workshop organized at NLUO by Ms. Sadhana Ramachander, Consultant Editor of BluePencil Infodesign (21 April 2017)
  • Co-organized ‘Training Programme for Master Trainers for Child Labour and NCLP Survey in Odisha’ conducted by Centre for Child Rights, NLUO in collaboration with Department of Labour and ESI, Govt. of Odisha (17 and 19 November 2016)
  • Rapporteur in ‘Training for the Public Prosecutors on Juvenile Justice and Child Rights related Laws’ conducted by Centre for Child Rights, NLUO with UNICEF (27 June – 2 July 2016)
  • Participated in ‘Consultation on Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 organized by Government of India’ (7 June 2016)
  • Participated in National Symposium on ‘Disability Rights & Equality’ organised by the Centre for Disability Law and Advocacy, NLUO (19 April 2015)
  • Participated in Professional Development Workshop organised by ‘A Foundation’ at BIITM, Bhubaneswar (2 March 2014)
  FACULTY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES/ ORIENTATION COURSE/ REFRESHER COURSE:
  • Successfully completed Fifteen Days National Online Refresher Course On “Enhancing Efficiency and Culture of Learning in Higher Education” with Grade A+ organized by Guru Angad Dev Teaching Learning Centre, a centre under PMMMNMTT, Ministry of Education, Government of India in collaboration with Department of Legal Studies & Research, Barkatullah University, Bhopal & Droit Penale Group, Prayagraj (15 – 30 June 2021) [4:30pm-7:30pm]
  • Successfully Completed 2 weeks Faculty Development Programme in Research Methodology and Teaching Methods, NLUO (16 -29 June 2021) [9am-4:30pm]
  • Successfully completed a 4-Week Induction/Orientation Programme for "Faculty in Universities/Colleges/Institutes of Higher Education", with ‘A’ Grade by Teaching Learning Centre Ramanujan College, University of Delhi in collaboration with Ministry of Human Resource Development (4 June – 1 July 2020)
  • Successfully Completed 2 weeks Faculty Development Programme on Managing Online Classes and Co-Creating MOOCs, by Teaching Learning Centre Ramanujan College, University of Delhi in collaboration with Ministry of Human Resource Development (20 April – 6 May 2020)
  • Successfully Completed Six-day Faculty Development Programme on Teaching-Learning and Curriculum Development, NLUO (25 – 30 June 2018)
  • Successfully Completed Three-day faculty development programme on Teaching Learning with Technology with Moodle MOOC Platform, NLUO (20-22 November 2017)
  • Successfully Completed Three-day Faculty Development Programme (29 June – 1 July 2017), NLUO
  • Successfully Completed Three-day Faculty Development Workshop on Development of Self-learning Materials for Teachers organized by NLUO and IGNOU (8 – 10 May 2017)
  • Successfully Completed Three-day Faculty Development Programme (29 June – 1 July 2016), NLUO
RESOURCE PERSON/ EXTERNAL FACULTY MEMBER/ PEER REVIEWER:
  • Peer Reviewer for BLACC International Yearbook on Business Law & Dispute Resolution by the Centre for Business Law Academics Counsel and Chambers (BLACC) and Business Law and Arbitration Research Centre (BLARC) of Kathmandu School of Law. (December 2021 Issue)
  • Resource Person for Value Added Course on Media and Entertainment Law, Vivekananda School of Law and Legal Studies, New Delhi on ‘Contemporary Issues Pertaining to Media and Entertainment Law’ (30 September 2021)
  • Resource Person for Value Added Course on Media and Entertainment Law, Vivekananda School of Law and Legal Studies, New Delhi on ‘Relevance of Freedom of Media viz-a-viz the World Press Freedom Index’ (29 September 2021)
  • Reviewer, Christ University Law Journal, Christ University, Bengaluru (December 2021 Issue)
  • Panelist, Webinar on Wildlife Law And Awareness Towards The Environment On The Occasion Of World Environment Day conducted by The Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India in collaboration with the School of Law, KIIT deemed to be University (5 June 2021)
  • Panelist, National Webinar on Animal Rights v Religious Freedom organized by LawSikho (14 September 2020)
  • External Faculty Member, ‘Evolution of Animal Law’ under Animal Ethics Course of the PG Diploma in Animal Protection Laws Programme (2020-21), NALSAR University of Law (8 April 2021)
  • External Faculty Member, ‘Property Status’ under Animal Ethics Course of the PG Diploma in Animal Protection Laws Programme (2020-21), NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad (12 December 2020)
  • External Faculty Member, ‘Balancing Interests’ under Animal Ethics Course of the PG Diploma in Animal Protection Laws Programme (2020-21), NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad (10 December 2020)
  • Panel Speaker, First Regional Consultation on ‘Strengthening and Promoting Law Schools Clinics in India’, on ‘Right to Education – Issues and Connecting it with Clinical Legal Education’ held at National Law University Odisha in collaboration with Jindal Global Law School (14 January 2019)
  • Resource Person, Training and Orientation to newly recruited Chairpersons and Members of Child Welfare Committees in the State of Odisha, on ‘Right to Education and Role of CWC’, organized by Odisha State Child Protection Society, Department of Women & Child Development & Mission Shakti, Government of Odisha and UNICEF, held at NLUO (1 November 2018)
  • Resource Person, Training and Orientation to newly recruited Chairpersons and Members of Child Welfare Committees in the State of Odisha, on Special legislations - Child Marriage – Child and Adolescent Labour –RTE and Juvenile Justice –Interconnectivity and linkage, organized by Odisha State Child Protection Society, Department of Women & Child Development & Mission Shakti, Government of Odisha and UNICEF, held at NLUO (8 August 2018)
  • Resource Person, Training and Orientation to newly recruited Chairpersons and Members of Child Welfare Committees in the State of Odisha, on Special legislations - Child Marriage – Child and Adolescent Labour –RTE and Juvenile Justice –Interconnectivity and linkage, organized by Odisha State Child Protection Society, Department of Women & Child Development & Mission Shakti, Government of Odisha and UNICEF, held at NLUO (17 July 2018)
  • Chaired plenary session at Consultation on Right to Education: Implementation, Outcomes and Challenges organized by Centre for Child Rights, NLUO (17 February 2018)
ADDITIONAL COURSES: 2 – 3 April 2019: 2 Day Certificate Course on ‘Consumer Justice in the Era of Globalization’ organized by the Centre for Consumer Law, NLUO in collaboration with Chair on Consumer Law & Practice NLSIU, Bengaluru

July 2012 – July 2013: PG Diploma Course in Human Rights Law National Law School of India University, Bangalore CGPA – 4.60/7.00

Dec 2011 – March 2012: Online Certificate Course in Intellectual Property Right and Information Technology in the Internet Age  Indian Law Institute, New Delhi ‘A’ Grade

OTHERS:
  • 2018: Participated and successfully completed 4kms marathon (top ten), ‘Diversithon 2018’ organized by IDIA Odisha Chapter
  • 2014: Awarded ‘University Gold Medal’ for securing First Rank in LL.M
  • 2011: Participated in the “Human Values Quarter – 2011” organized by Amity University
  • 2011: Awarded Certificate of Appreciation for contribution towards social activities organized by Amity Law School, Indian Red Cross Society and Care Certification Private Limited
  • 2010: Represented college in Inter University Human Rights Debate Competition conducted by GGSIP University
  • 2010 & 2009: Awarded Merit Scholarship by Amity University for Academic Performance
  • 2009: Represented college in Inter University Justice Bodh Raj Sawhney Memorial Debate, Jammu University.
  • 2007: Awarded Best Interjector in Annual National Debate Competition conducted by Amity Law School, GGSIP University

National Law University Odisha

Kathajodi Campus, SEC - 13, CDA, Cuttack – 753015, Odisha (India),
Ph.: +91 671 2338018 | Fax: +91 671 2338004
www.nluo.ac.in

TRANSLATOR