Dr. Menaka Guruswamy currently teaches Constitutional Design in Post Conflict Democracies at Columbia Law School, where she is the B.R. Ambedkar Research Scholar and Lecturer in Law. She also practices law at the Supreme Court of India where litigates large constitutional rights cases.

Dr. Guruswamy has litigated significant constitutional cases before the Supreme Court of India, including, successfully initiating national bureaucratic reform (TSR Subramanium v Union), the unconstitutionality of the use of state sponsored vigilante groups (Salwa Judum) in Chhattisgarh (Nandini Sundar) and challenging the constitutionality of colonial era sodomy statute (Navtej Singh Jauhar).  The constitutional challenge to India’s sodomy law will be heard by the Supreme Court later this year (2018).  She is also the Supreme Court’s amicus curiae in Victims of Extra Judicial Executions Association v Union of India and State of Manipur that concerns allegations of 1528 extra judicial killings by security personnel.

Dr. Guruswamy has been visiting faculty at Yale Law and at New York University School of Law. She was a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskoelleg zu Berlin/Institute for Advanced Studies, for 2016-2017.   She has also worked at the Office of the Attorney General of India, advised the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) advised the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) in New York and UNICEF in South Sudan. She has supported and advised on constitution-making processes in Nepal.

Dr. Guruswamy is a Rhodes Scholar, who was educated at Oxford University, Harvard Law School and the National Law School of India. Her doctorate (D.Phil.) from Oxford University was on Constitutionalism in India, Pakistan, and Nepal.

She has contributed chapters to collections of essays on constitutionalism bought out by Cambridge University Press (2013), Routledge (2013), Bloomsbury (2015), Oxford University Press (2016), a case note for the American Journal of International Law (2017), an essay on South Asian Constitutionalism to the Handbook on Constitution Making (Edward Elgar) (forthcoming 2018) and is also co-editor on a book project on ‘Founding Moments’.