Governance Feminism

In 2006, Janet Halley, Hila Shamir, Chantal Thomas and myself came together to write an article in the Harvard Journal of Gender and Law on governance feminism based on our realisation that feminists were no longer actors who were in an oppositional relationship vis-à-vis the state. They were instead often influential in making law and policy as well as shaping public opinion on matters of gender equality. While our initial preoccupation was with radical feminists invested in projects on violence against women, trafficking, sex work, pornography and domestic violence, we soon found governance feminism in other arenas including corporate law, family law, welfare law, and law and development. With Janet Halley, Hila Shamir and Rachel Rebouche (our editor at the Harvard Journal of Gender and Law), I have co-authored Governance Feminism: An Introduction and co-edited Governance Feminism: Notes from the Field.

Governance Feminism: Notes from the Field

(with Janet Halley, Hila Shamir and Rachel Rebouché). University of Minnesota Press (2019)

Governance Feminism: An Introduction

(with Janet Halley, Hila Shamir and Rachel Rebouché) University of Minnesota Press. Individual chapter titled Governance Feminism in the Post Colony: The Case of India’s Rape Law Reforms (March 2018)


Public Engagement

  • Interview for The Wire: ‘Why Harsher Criminal Laws Won’t Make Sexual Violence Go Away’
  • Interview for Live Law: ‘Criminalization Is Being Presented As A Solution To Social Problems’ – Dr Prabha Kotiswaran On Women Issues And Laws

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

Governance Feminism’s Others: Sex Workers and the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013, in Governance Feminism: Notes from the Field, eds Janet Halley, Prabha Kotiswaran, Hila Shamir and Rachel Rebouché. University of Minnesota Press (2019)

On September 17 2018, the Harvard Law School Library hosted a book talk and discussion in celebration of the recent publication of Governance Feminism: An Introduction, edited by Janet Halley, Prabha Kotiswaran, Rachel Rebouché and Hila Shamir

Centre for the Study of Law and Governance CSLG, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Project 39A hosted Dr. Prabha Kotiswaran to deliver the 2nd edition of its Annual Lecture in Criminal Law on 22nd November 2019
“The Carceral Politics of Sexual Violence”

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