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Smitha Nizar

Dr. Smitha Nizar

Assistant Professor, Alliance School of Law

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Dr. Smitha Nizar holds a Doctorate in Law awarded by NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, India. She is a UGC NET and JRF qualified scholar and academician. She was the recipient of the gold medal from Mahatma Gandhi University for her LL. M degree with specialization in the Law of Crimes and Torts. She has a Postgraduate specialization in Public Policy. Prior to joining academics she was a practicing lawyer at  the High Court of Kerala for four years.

She has a number of scholarly publications in peer reviewed reputed journals. She is a research scholar in the area of disability rights and human rights. Her research in the area of legality of disability selective abortion is the first study in the world after the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2006.

List of Publications


The Contradiction in the Disability Law: Selective Abortion and Rights (Oxford University Press, 2016).

The Contradiction in Disability Law by Smitha Nizar

Research Paper Publications

  1. ‘The New Human Rights Paradigm: The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Its Implementation in India’, in Christ University Law Journal, 4, 1 (2015), 49-69.
  2. ‘The Implications of the UNCRPD on the Status of Persons with Disabilities’, in Indian Journal of Medical Ethics Vol. VIII No. 4 Oct-Dec 2011.
  3. ‘Right to birth or Right to abortion –What should prevail?’, in Kerala High Court Cases 5, 2008(4).
  4. ‘Forest Rights for Whom?’ in Supreme Court Journal 15, 2009(3).

Forthcoming Papers

  1. “The Long Distance to ‘Equality and Non-discrimination’: The Status of Reproductive Rights of Women with Disabilities”, Volume 1, Issue 2, NLUALR, Aug-Sep, 2016.
  2. "Disability and Non-discrimination in Constitutional Context: The UNCRPD Way Forward", October, 2015 Issue of Nyayadeep


    Research Papers Presented in Conferences

  1. Panelist to present on "Women and   Children with Disabilities - Health Rights and Reproductive Rights”, Workshop on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2014, National Law School India University (NLSIU) in collaboration with CBM-SARO, 2014.
  2. “Inclusive Education and Children with Disabilities”, Workshop on Inclusive Education, Ministry of Higher Education, Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad, 2011.
  3. “The UNCRPD and its Implications on the Governance of health Care of Persons with Disabilities”, Conference on National Bioethics,   Indian   Journal of Medical Ethics at AIIMS, Delhi, 2010.
  4. “The present Scenario of Sex selective Abortions”, Conference on Female     Foeticide,  All India Women Advocates Federation, Chennai High Court ,2008.

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