Dr. Sheeba Pillai

Professor

B.A., LL.M, PhD

School of Indian legal Thought

Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam

Over 22 years of progressive experience in the field of law. Specialized in imparting knowledge of law to graduate and post graduate students

  • An erudite academician with high caliber and extensive experience of over 20 Years in developing results driven curriculum and delivering enthusiastic instruction.
  • A doctorate of law with expertise in the following fields of law
    Constitutional Law, Human Rights Law, Public International Law
  • Ability to individualize instructions based on students specialized and changing needs, proven ability to develop rapport with students.
  • Awarded the National Scholarship by the Government of India for pursuing post graduate studies
  • Recipient of Damodar Wadegaonkar Award for securing the highest marks in Public International Law, Mumbai University.
  • In view of introducing Human Rights Education in Schools, participated as a faculty member in the Orientation Training of State Council for Educational Research and Training Project, Kerala where 150 school teachers from all over Kerala participated.
  • Have conducted research on various topics that include

Research on “Right to Education as a Constitutional Right” – A study conducted with reference to the state of Kerala. Conferred Doctorate in the same

Implementation and status of certain socio-economic rights – namely right to education, health, work and environment in the Southern States of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

Commentary on Advocates Act, 1961.

  • Actively participated in various seminars including the GAJE (Global Alliance for Justice Education)Conference where I was a member of the organizing committee for the inaugural conference and allied workshops held in Thiruvananthapuram from 8-17 December, 1999.
  • Assisted Dr. N.R Madhava Menon(Former Member, Parliamentary Chair, Rajya Sabha) in writing a commentary on the Advocates Act and also as a senior Research assistant in a project coordinated by him
  • Acted as an Associate Editor of the Department of Law Journal, Kerala University
  • Presently Editor, of Department of Law Journal, Mahatma Gandhi University. Brought out eight volumes out of 12 during this tenure
  • Member, Board of Studies in the School of Indian Legal Thought, Mahatma Gandhi University for the last four terms.
  • Editorial Board, International Journal of Law and Legal Jurisprudence Studies
  • Member ,Doctoral committee ,Kannur University ,Kerala
  • Member ,Doctoral committee ,Faculty of Law, Mahatma Gandhi University
  • Member , Board of Studies(UG)Law ,Mahatma Gandhi University
  • Was a resource person in the UGC sponsored Refresher course held for faculty member in the Law Department of the Christ University, Bangalore.
  • Member, Expert Committee,(PG) Law, Mahatma Gandhi University
  • Member, Faculty of Law, Cochin University of Science &Technology

Key Skills and Personality Traits

  • Deep commitment in teaching graduate and postgraduate students.
  • Extensive knowledge in the subject areas
  • Excellent teaching skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Ability to motivate students to achieve the best.
  • Patient and hard working
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a team player

Employment Chronicle

Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam                                                 2001 – date

  • Presently teaching graduate and post graduate students the following law subjects: Constitutional Law, Human rights and Public International Law
  • Actively involved in drafting syllabus for LLB and LLM courses.
  • Editor for the Department Journal.
  • Also officiated in various committees of the Department like the Student Grievance Cell

Held the post of chairperson of the cell for several terms.

  • Coordinated National Seminars and Moot Court Competitions
  • Held the post of the Director of the Department
  • Promoted as Professor(Stage 5) with effect from March 2018

Visiting Faculty, Manorama School of Communication, Kottayam   2009 – 2015

Lectured on Constitutional law and Human Rights to post graduate students.

NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad                                                 2000 – 2000

Lecturer – Constitutional Law and Law of Contracts

Warden – University Girls Hostel

TKM Institute of Management                                                                  1998 – 1999

Visiting Faculty – Labor Law and Corporate Law

National Institute of Personnel Management                                        1997 – 1999

Visiting Faculty – Labor Law and Corporate Law

National Law School, Bangalore                                                               1996 – 1999

Senior Research Assistant

Worked on a project on Implementation of four Socio-Economic Rights namely Right to Education, Health, Work and Environment in Kerala under the guidance of Dr. N R Madhava Menon, founder director of the National Law School of India University and founder director of the National Judicial Academy.

MS Ramaiah Law College, Bangalore                                                      1996 – 1996

Lecturer

Subjects taught were Constitutional Law, Tort law, Contract Law.

Kerala University                                                                                       1996 – 1995

Visiting Faculty – Department of Law

Conducted seminars for post graduate students on local self government and its implications in India.

Associate Editor of Department Journal

Advocate, Thiruvananthapuram Bar Association                                1992 – 1995                                     

Academia

Doctorate of Law, Kerala University, 2007.

Thesis: “Education as a Constitutional Right- A Study with reference to the State of Kerala”.

LLM, Government Law College, Thiruvanthapuram, 1994

Specialization: Constitutional Law with papers in Political and Civil Rights, Center State Relations, Judicial review and the Amending Process

University Grants Commission Test for Lectureship, 1995 LLB, Government Law College, Mumbai. 1991

Bachelor of Arts (Economics), Sophia College, Mumbai University. 1988

Also did courses in German language.

Achievements

Participation in Seminars and Conferences

  • Participated in the Seminar on Integration of Human Rights and Human Development: Approaches to reform of Governance in India jointly organized by Dept of Law ,Kerala University and the WTO Law and Dispute Resolution Centre, School of law, City University of Hong Kong on 3rd December,2002
  • Participated in the International Interdisciplinary Seminar on Intellectual Property Rights: Global and National Perspectives held from February 20th to 22nd,2003.
  • Participated in the National seminar on Indian legal Thought conducted by the School of Indian Legal Thought, Mahatma Gandhi University on the 7th and 8th December,2004.
  • Presented a paper titled ‘Judiciary, Media and Contempt of Court’ at the National Seminar on Judicial Accountability with Special reference to Judges(Inquiry) Bill,2006 organised by the Dept of Law, Kerala University , held on 25th and 26th, Oct 2007
  • Presented a paper titled ‘Criminal Justice System and Rights of Victims: From Vertical Dimension to Horizontal Line of Justice’ at the National Seminar on Human Rights and Criminal Justice System organized by School of Indian Legal Thought, Mahatma Gandhi University on 4th,5th and 6th July,2007
  • Presented a paper titled ’Surrogacy: A Comparative Perspective’ at the National Interdisciplinary Seminar on Science Technology and Law organized by the Dept of Law, Kerala University, from 25th to 27th September 2008.
  • Participated in the National Seminar on Copyright and Neighboring Rights, organised by the School of Indian Legal Thought and sponsored by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, GOI ,on 22nd and 23rd May, 2009
  • Presented a paper titled ‘Coastal Regulation Zone and Sustainable Development: An Ecological Dilemma’ at the National Interdisciplinary Seminar on Science ,Technology and Human Rights organized by Dept of Law, Kerala University on 8th,9th,and 10th October,2009
  • Presented a paper titled ‘Defining the Right to Education: International Scenario ‘at the National seminar on Right to Education: Policy and Challenges, organized by the Dept of Law, Kerala University on 5th to 7th August 2010
  • Presented a paper titled ’ Right to Education vis a vis Tribal in Kerala’ at the National Seminar on Realisation of Socio-Economic Rights, organized by Dept of Law, Kerala University from 3rd to 5th Feb,2011.
  • Participated in an Interdisciplinary National workshop on Women and law, organized by the Government Law College, Ernakulam from 23rd to 25th Feb,2011
  • Presented a paper titled ‘Women Victims of Crime and their Dilemma: Denial of Rights under the Criminal Justice System’ at the State level seminar on ‘Crime- A Post Modern Spectacle organized by Dept of Sociology, CMS College, Kottayam on the 4th and 5th Dec,2011.
  • Presented a paper titled ’Right to Education and The Indian Judiciary ‘at The National Seminar on Right to Education and Right to Establish Educational Institution- A Constitutional Perspective organized by the School of Indian Legal Thought, Mahatma Gandhi University ,Kottayam on 18th and 19th March 2011.
  • Presented a paper titled’ Rights of Children in Jurisprudence’ at the National Seminar on Rights of Children organized by the School of Indian Legal Thought, Mahatma Gandhi University from 23rd to 25th of Feb,2012.
  • Presented a paper titled’ Declining Role of the State in ensuring the Constitutional mandate of Free and Compulsory education and its impact on the Disadvantaged children’ at the National Conference on Constitution and Government Policies: Doctrinal Contradictions organized by the School of law, Christ University, Bangalore on 24th and 25th Feb,2012. Also chaired a session.
  • Presented a paper titled’ Solving the Patent Puzzle- Myriad to meet Prometheus’ at the National Seminar on ‘Access to Medicine and Patent Laws’ organised by the Government Law College Thrissur on 26th and 27th Feb, 2013.
  • Presented a paper titled ’Protection of Children under Common Law’ at the National Seminar on Family as an Institution: Modern Realities and Trends in Law’ held at the School of Indian Legal Thought ,Mahatma Gandhi University, from 28th Feb to 2nd march 2013. Also Co-ordinated the Seminar.
  • Presented a paper titled’ Media as the Fourth Estate-Myth or Reality’ at the National Conference on ‘The Changing Role of Media in India: Constitutional Perspectives organized by Christ University, Bangalore on Feb 28th to March 1st , 2014. Also chaired a session.
  • Presented a paper titled ’Reinventing the CEDAW- Need of the Hour’ at the National seminar on ‘Two Decades of CEDAW: Challenges and Responses- national and International Perspectives’ organized by the Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University, Chennai on 8th and 9th August 2014.
  • Presented a paper titled ’Local Self Government Institutions and their role in Protecting and Promoting the Rights of the Elderly’ at the National Seminar on Ageing Gracefully: A Multidisciplinary Perspective’ sponsored by ICSSR, New Delhi and organized by School of Gandhian Thought and Development Studies, Mahatma Gandhi University on 24th and 25th Nov,2014
  • Presented a paper titled’ Disaster management and Gender Based Discrimination’ at the UGC sponsored Inter Disciplinary National Seminar on Disaster Management and Law- An Overview’ organized by Government Law College ,Ernakulam held form 3rd to 5th December 2014
  • Participated and presented a paper at the National Conference on Constitutional appointments .Vignettes and Vicissitudes on 13-14th  January ,2015 at the Christ University, Bangalore .Paper presented ‘Accountability of the Governor :A Critical dilemma under the Indian Federalism’.
  • Attended a training programme in Cyber Law /Cyber security for teachers ,police officers and advocates ,organized by the National Law school and hosted by Mar Gregorios College of Law, Thiruvananthapuram on 1st march 2015
  • Participated and a Paper presented at the three day National seminar  on ‘Disability Management: Moving Beyond Special Needs ‘ organized by  Government Law College, Ernakulam from  20-22nd March 2015 , paper presented-‘Women with Disability and Gender Discrimination’
  • Participated and presented a paper at the International Interdisciplinary Seminar on ‘Access to Justice : Trends and Issues, Department of Law, Kerala University, 7th to 9th January 2016.
  • Participated and presented a paper titled ‘Right to Education in the Juvenile Justice System- a tool for rehabilitation and reformation’ at the 3 day National Seminar on Parens Patriae : dimensions of Juvenile and Senior citizen held form 24- 26th February 2016, at Ernakulam Law College. Also  acted as Resource Person.
  • Participated in the National Workshop on Cyber Crimes and Cyber Law organised by  SILT and CMAI Association of India, held on 27th  and 28th February 2016
  • Participated in the National Seminar on Access to Health Care in Modern Era :Changing Dimensions organised by SILT  during 13-15 March 2016.
  • Presented a paper titled ‘ Influx of Migrant labourers and the Waste Management in Kerala –A daunting task’ at the Three day National Seminar on “ Impending challenges in Waste Management: Factual and Legal Perspectives” organized by Centre for Criminal laws, Government Law College, Ernakulam from 16th to 18th March 2016
  • Participated in the National Workshop on Forensic Science and Scientific Investigation organized by the School of Indian Legal Thought on 24th August 2017
  • Participated in the Two day national Workshop on “L.L.B(Law Subjects)Syllabus revamping Five Year and three Year Course under M.G University ,held Government Law College, Kochi on 7th and 8th May 2018
  • Participated in the One day Training cum Production Workshop on Objective Evaluation in Higher Education for the faculty organized by IQAC, Mahatma Gandhi University on 31st January 2019
  • Participated in the workshop on ‘Right to Emergency Bill’ organized by School of Indian Legal Thought, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam on 17th January 2019.
  • Participated in the One day Training cum Production Workshop on Objective Evaluation in Higher education organized by IQAC, Mahatma Gandhi University on 31st Jan, 2019

 Chairperson, Resource Person and Invited Special Lectures

  • Chaired a session at the National Conference on Constitution and Government Policies: Doctrinal Contradictions organized by the School of law, Christ University, Bangalore on 24th and 25th Feb,2012
  • Presented a lecture at the symposium organized on ‘Human rights in the 21st Century: Problems and Promises’ at the Mar Gregorios College of law, Mar Ivanios Vidya Nagar, Thiruvananthapuram on 10th Dec 2013
  • Resource person for the 3rd Faculty Development Programme organized by Academic Staff College, Christ University on 9th November 2012.Lectures on Laws related to disability, Right to food and Food laws
  • National Conference on ‘The Changing Role of Media in India: Constitutional Perspectives organized by Christ University, Bangalore on Feb 28th to March 1st , 2014
  • Chaired two sessions at the National Conference on Constitutional appointments .Vignettes and Vicissitudes on 13-14th  January ,2015 at the Christ University, Bangalore
  • Resource person at the 3 day National Seminar on Parens Patriae : dimensions of Juvenile and Senior citizen held form 24- 26th February 2016, at Ernakulam Law College
  • Chaired a session at the Three day National Seminar on “ Impending challenges in Waste Management :Factual and Legal Perspectives” organized by Centre for Criminal laws, Government Law College ,Ernakulam from 16th to 18th March 2016
  • Delivered a lecture on 19th March 2016 as an external mentor for the mentees of the ‘Walk with a Scholar’ Programme conceived and sponsored by the Higher Education Department of the Government of Kerala.
  • Resource Person ,National Seminar on Right to health-Varying Dimensions organized by the Dept of Law ,Kerala University on 14th and 15th December,2016
  • Panel Speaker at the Two Day Workshop on Victims of Sexual Violence :Legislative and Judicial Responses held at Thrissur law College on 18th and 19th Jan,2017
  • Invited to deliver a special lecture at the Dept of Law ,Kerala University on the topic of ‘Implications of Right to Equality under the Indian Constitution’ on March 15th 2017
  • Delivered a Special lecture on Editing of Law Journal and Legal writing in Department of Law, Central University of Kerala on 11th October 2017
  • Acted as Resource person in the Two day National seminar on ‘Women’s Rights-Issues and Challenges,8th and 9th November,2017 ,organized by Dr. A.T Markose Chair on Advanced Legal Studies held at government Law College, Thrissur
  • Delivered a Special Lecture on ‘Indian Constitution and Evolution of Human Rights Jurisprudence in India’ at the Dept of Law ,Kerala University on 27th November,2017
  • Chaired a session in the Three day National Seminar titled ‘Transforming the world towards sustainable tomorrow : Concerns and Challenges from 15-17th feb,2018.The theme of the session was ’Sustainable Development and Indian Constitution
  • Invited speaker at the National Workshop on , ” Fair Trial and Free Media : The Need for Orchestration of a Balance”  organized by School of Legal Studies, Cochin University, on 5/03/2018
  • Acted as a Resource Person for 3 day International Interdisciplinary Seminar on ‘Realization of human rights in a Globalised World organized by Dept of Law, Central University of Kerala, Thiruvalla on the 4-6th June 2018
  • Acted as peer Reviewer for selection of research papers in 3 day International Interdisciplinary Seminar on ‘Realization of Human rights in a Globalised World organized by Dept of Law, Central University of Kerala ,Thiruvalla on the 4-6th June 2018
  • Panel member for the National Symposium on Right to Privacy-New Dimensions and Challenges conducted by Govt Law College ,Thiruvananthapuram, 7th Jan,2019.
  • Acted as a Resource Person for the Refresher Course in Women’s Studies conducted by HRDC ,University of Kerala, sponsored by UGC on 29th January,2019
  • Acted as peer Reviewer for selection of research papers in the International Interdisciplinary Seminar on ‘Internationalisation of Human rights and Changing Dimensions of Fundamental Rights’ organized by Dept of Law, Central University of Kerala, Thiruvalla on the 7th -9th February,2019
  • Acted as a Resource Person and chaired a session in the International Interdisciplinary Seminar on ‘Internationalisation of Human rights and Changing Dimensions of Fundamental Rights’ organized by Dept of Law, Central University of Kerala, Thiruvalla on the 7th -9th February,2019
  • Resource Person in the state level faculty development programme on ‘Exploring Human Rights Regimes’ organised by Marian College ,Kuttikkanam on 7th and 8th March 2019
  • Resource person at the National Seminar on the “Constitution of India as envisioned by its Framers- A re-look into its Working in its 70th year of Adoption”, organised by the Dept of Law ,Kerala University on 9th -10th, Jan 2020
  • Resource person and chaired a session at the International seminar on State,Civil Society and Human Rights: Neo Liberal Reflections organised by Dept of Law ,Central University, Tiruvalla campus on Feb20-22,2020
  • Panelist at the International Seminar on Constitutional Transformation: Seven decades of Constitution of India organised by CUSAT & Jindal Global Law School on 6th & 7th march 2020
  • Invited speaker at a symposium organized by Marian College Kuttikkanam in association with IQAC under the PARAMARSH scheme, organized as a part of value education programme. Held on December 2nd
  • Invited speaker at the International Conference on Locating Human rights: Trajectories and Discourses ,organized by Human Rights forum, Dept of History &Political Science ,All Saints’ College, Thiruvananthapuram along with Manoj and Chitra International Legal Service providers on 11th and 12th December 2020.
  • Resource person for the FDP organized from 8th to 14th February,2021,by School of law, Christ University, Delhi .

Publications

  • Book Review on Primer for Consumer Activists by R.K Murthi published in the Kerala University Journal of Legal Studies ,Vol II, 2001
  • “Equalising Educational Opportunities-Need of the Hour’ published in The Journal of The Indian Legal Thought, Vol II, 2004
  • ‘Right to Education- A Jurisprudential Analysis’ published in The Journal of The Indian Legal Thought, Vol 4,2006
  • ‘Educational Content and Right to Education’ published in Kare Law Journal, Vol 5,Dec 2007
  • ‘Right to Education and the Fishing community in Kerala’ published in the Mysore University Law Journal, Vol I, March 2008.
  • ‘Genetically Modified Food and Regulatory Regime in India’ published in LEGAL OPUS (SDM Law College) Sept 2008.
  • ‘Criminal Justice System and Rights of Victims in India: A Move from Vertical Dimension to Horizontal Line of Justice’, published in Kare Law Journal, Issue 4, December 2008,pp1-11
  • Right to Education vis a vis Disadvantaged groups in Kerala, The GNLU Law Review, Vol 2, Issue 2, 2010
  • ‘Right to education and International law- Defining the Right, GNLU Law Review, Vol 3, Issue 2, April 2011
  • ‘Right to Education under European Convention for Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms,1950, Christ University Law Journal, Jul-Dec 2012
  • ‘Right to safe food: Laws and remedies, Banaras Law Journal, Vol 41,No2(2012)
  • ‘Coastal regulation Zone and Need for Sustainable Development’, Law Mantra Journal, Vol I Issue 8, May 2014
  • ‘Right to Free and Compulsory Education for the Girl Child between the age of 6 to 14 years- An Unfulfilled Dream’, International Journal of Law and Legal Jurisprudence Studies, Vol 1,Issue 2, May 2014
  • ‘Reinventing the CEDAW-Need of the Hour’ published in Book titled “Two Decades of CEDAW: Challenges and Responses’, published by The Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University, September ,2014
  • ‘Reservation to human rights treaties-A defeating factor’, Journal of Indian Legal Thought, Vol 9,2015
  • ‘Child participation in Structures of Local Level government-a Key mechanism for ensuring their rights, Law Mantra Journal, Vol 3,Issue 1,2015
  • ‘Accountability of the Governor: A critical Dilemma under the Indian Federalism’, Indian Journal of Legal Philosophy, Vol 3,Issue3 Sept 2015.
  • Published on article in the Journal of India Legal Thought titled ‘Rights of Child under Common law and their evolution under the Indian Jurisprudence’, Vol 10,2016
  • ”Local Self Government and their role in protecting and promoting the rights of elderly” in the Book titled ‘Ageing Gracefully-A Multi Disciplinary Perspective published in January 2017
  • Published an article in the Conference Proceedings Brought out by the School of Legal studies, Cochin University ,Jan 2017,titled “Right to Education of Migrant children in India
  • Published an article in the Journal of Indian Legal Thought ,Vol 11,titled “Right to Education in Kerala prior to 1956”,published in March 2017
  • “Media as the Fourth Estate: Myth or Reality” published in the Journal of Mar Gregorios College of Law ,Vol 1,2017
  • Authored a book titled “International Food Standards and India- An introspection”
  • Chapter published in the book brought out at the International seminar on State, Civil Society and Human Rights: Neo Liberal Reflections organised by Dept of Law ,Central University, Tiruvalla campus on Feb20-22,2020 titled ’India as a Welfare State: Withstanding the challenges of Neo Liberalism.