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Prabha Kotiswaran, University of London

Prabha Kotiswaran

Prabha is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. She received her undergraduate law degree in India from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore and then LL.M. (Masters) and S.J.D. (doctorate) degrees from Harvard Law School. She also practiced law for four years at the New York law firm of Debevoise and Plimpton. Prabha’s main areas of research include feminist legal theory, law and social movements and of late, an economic sociology of law as it pertains to third world cities. At SOAS, she teaches Criminal Law, Feminist Legal Theory, Law and Social Movements and Law and Society in South Asia. She is recently the author of Dangerous Sex, Invisible Labor: Sex Work and the Law in India, published by Princeton University Press (2011) and co-published by Oxford University Press, India (2011). This book offers a feminist rethinking of the normative status of sex work drawing on field work in two Indian sex industries and an exploratory analysis of the economic impact on these markets of various models of legal regulation including decriminalization, abolition and legalization. Dangerous Sex, Invisible Labor recently won the SLSA-Hart Book Prize for Early Career Academics. She has also edited a reader on Sex Work published by Women Unlimited (2011) for a Series on Issues in Contemporary Indian Feminism. Both books were funded by the AHRC. Arising from advocacy related work in this context, Prabha is also interested in theories of law and social movements in the postcolonial context. Drawing on this research, Prabha is working on a critique of contemporary anti-trafficking law and on a book-length work analyzing the legal regulation of markets in social reproduction from a feminist perspective. She is currently co-organising with her colleagues, Amanda Perry-Kessaris and Diamond Ashiagbor a workshop titled Towards an Economic Sociology of Law to be held at SOAS in September 2012 based on which they will co-edit special issues of the Journal of Law and Society and of the international Journal of Law in Context (2013).

Professor Kotiswaran's Publications

Kotiswaran, Prabha (2011) Dangerous Sex, Invisible Labor: Sex Work and the Law in India.Princeton University Press.  (BOOK)

Kotiswaran, Prabha, ed. (2011) Reader on Sex Work. Women Unlimited (previously Kali for Women). (Issues in Contemporary Indian Feminism) (edited Book).

Kotiswaran, Prabha,  “Labours in Vice or Virtue? Neo-Liberalism, Sexual Commerce and the Case of Indian Bar Dancing.’ Journal of Law and Society, 37 (1). pp. 105-124. (2010).

Kotiswaran, Prabha (2011) ‘Introduction.’ In: Reader on Sex Work. New Delhi: Women Unlimited. (Issues in Contemporary Indian Feminism) (book chapter)

Kotiswaran, Prabha. ‘Born Unto Brothels: Toward A Legal Ethnography of Sex Work in an Indian Red-Light Area.’ Law & Social Inquiry, 33 (3). pp. 579-629. (2008). Born unto Brothels

Kotiswaran, Prabha (2007) ‘Wives and Whores: Prospects for a Feminist Theory of Redistribution.’ In: Stychin, Carl F.and Munro, Vanessa E., (eds.), Sexuality and the Law: Feminist Engagements. Oxon, New York: Routledge-Cavendish. (book chapter)

Kotiswaran, Prabha and Janet Halley, and Hila Shamir, and Chantal Thomas, “From the International to the Local in Feminist Legal Responses to Rape, Prostitution/Sex Work, and Sex Trafficking: Four Studies in Contemporary Governance Feminism.” Harvard Journal of Law & Gender, 29 (2) (2006). From the International to the Local in Feminist Legal Responses to Rape, Prostitution-Sex Work, and Sex Trafficking

Kotiswaran, Prabha. “Preparing for Civil Disobedience: Indian Sex Workers and the Law.” Boston College Third World Law Journal, 21 (2). pp. 161-242. (2001). Preparing for Civil Disobedience- Indian Sex Workers and the Law

Kotiswaran, Prabha ‘“Sword or Shield?” The Role of the Law in the Indian Sex Workers’ Movement.’ Interventions International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, forthcoming 2012.

Kotiswaran, Prabha ‘Vulnerability in Domestic Discourses on Trafficking: Reflections on the Indian Experience.’ Feminist Legal Studies, forthcoming 2012.

 

Related posts:

  1. Preparing for Civil Disobedience: Indian Sex Workers and the Law by Prabha Kotiswaran
  2. Born unto Brothels—Toward a Legal Ethnography of Sex Work in an Indian Red-Light Area by Prabha Kotiswaran
  3. Aziza Ahmed, Northeastern University School of Law
  4. Hila Shamir, Tel Aviv University