Akhila Kolisetty is a Staff Attorney at the Brooklyn Family Justice Center. She was a Presidential Fellow with the Open Society Foundations from 2015-2016. During law school, Kolisetty was involved with the Islamic Legal Studies Program as a Research Assistant and a member of the Digital Islamic Law Lab. Through a travel grant, she researched women’s legal rights under Muslim personal law in Mewat, India. Kolisetty has also worked on issues of women’s rights, legal pluralism, and access to justice in Bangladesh, Sierra Leone, and Afghanistan. Based on her work in Bangladesh, in 2014, she published Examining the Effectiveness of Legal Empowerment as a Pathway out of Poverty: A Case Study of BRAC in the World Bank’s Justice and Development Working Paper Series. She graduated from Harvard Law School with a J.D. in 2015, and also has a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Northwestern University.
- Commentary :: The Danial Latifi Case and the Indian Supreme Court’s Balancing Act
- Case Comment :: The Shah Bano Case as Constitutional Conflict in India’s Muslim Family Law
- Opening the Door to Constitutional Challenges to Muslim Personal Law in India, with Polygamy as a Starting Point
- Unilateral Talaq and the Indian Supreme Court’s Responsiveness to Perceptions within India’s Muslim Community