Radha D’Souza

Writer, academic, lawyer and activist

Radha D’Souza is a Professor of International Law, Development and Conflict Studies at the University of Westminster (UK). Before joining the University of Westminster in early 2007, she taught law at University of Waikato in New Zealand, and development studies, sociology and human geography at the University of Auckland. She practiced law in the High Court of Mumbai in the areas of labour rights, constitutional and administrative law, public interest litigation and human rights.

D’Souza works as a writer, critic and commentator. She is a social justice activist and worked with labour movements and democratic rights movements in her home country of India as an organizer and activist lawyer. She has worked with social justice movements in the Asia-Pacific region to focus attention on the effects of international economic policies on developing countries.

D’Souza has a BA in philosophy from Elphinstone College (University of Mumbai) and a LLB from New Law College (University of Mumbai), and she completed her PhD in Geography at the University of Auckland. She is the author of What’s Wrong with Rights? (Pluto, 2018) and Interstate Disputes Over Krishna Waters (Orient Longman, 2006) and works with the Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (CAMPACC) in the UK. Together with artist Jonas Staal she co-founded the Court for Intergenerational Climate Crimes (2021-ongoing) commissioned and produced by Framer Framed.