Sital Kalantry

Clinical Professor of Law
Sital Kalantry
Contact Information
Cornell Law School
235 Hughes Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Phone: (607) 255-5885

Clinical Program Assistants:
Phone: (607) 255-4196

Professional Biography

Professor Kalantry writes in the fields of comparative feminist legal theory, international human rights, and empirical studies of courts. Her scholarship seeks to identify how legal norms aimed at promoting human rights sometimes undermine gender and racial equality when they migrate across national borders. Informed by a decade of human rights practice in international and domestic courts, she uses interdisciplinary methods to understand what mechanisms best promote state compliance with international human rights. She also studies why judicial institutions, particularly in India, fail to effectively provide justice using empirical methodologies.

In her book, Women’s Human Rights and Migration, she examines how regulations on migrant women are influenced by acontextual and limited knowledge about laws and practices in migrant-sending countries. She has argued for the need for a new transnational feminist approach drawing on comparative, empirical, and other methodologies.

Her works have appeared in the Stanford Journal of International Law, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Cornell Journal of Public Policy, UCLA Journal of Law and Foreign Affairs, Human Rights Quarterly, the Nordic Journal of Human Rights, and a number of other peer-reviewed journals and university presses. Her opinion pieces have been published in the New York Times, Slate, the New York Daily News, and in other publications. She has been invited to deliver numerous talks and presentations around the world.

She received a Fulbright-Nehru Research Scholar grant to conduct research on the Indian Supreme Court as well as several other awards and grants for her work. She is a regular media commentator on reproductive rights, human rights, surrogacy, and immigration. She serves as referee for a human rights journal and an academic press. She is on the editorial board of the Jindal Global Law Review and the Maharashtra National University Law Review.

Professor Kalantry serves as the Faculty Director of the Cornell India Law Center. The Center promotes the study of Indian law in the American legal academy. She is also the Director of Online Education at Cornell Law School.


B.A. 1994, Cornell University
Masters in Development Studies 1995, London School of Economics
J.D. 1998, University of Pennsylvania Law School