About Project 39A

Project 39A, based out of National Law University, Delhi is inspired by Article 39-A of the Indian Constitution that furthers values of equal justice and equal opportunity. We are committed to interdisciplinary engagement with the criminal justice system through research, pro bono legal representation, and public communication. Our areas of focus are legal aid, torture, forensics, mental health and criminal justice, and the death penalty.

About the Blog

This blog aspires to provide a platform for academic engagement with issues pertaining to the criminal justice system. We believe that a nuanced and multidisciplinary discussion of these issues will enable us to meaningfully examine the structural challenges and harsh realities of the criminal justice system in India. Through this blog, we hope to trigger conversations that usher a deeper understanding of our criminal justice system and inspire critical thinking. While the focus of this blog is criminal law and justice, we also encourage perspectives through a diversity of disciplines, including sociology, psychology, anthropology and science. 

Anup Surendranath

Anup is an Assistant Professor of Law and Executive Director of Project 39A at National Law University, Delhi. He is also a member of the Advisory Council at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, University of Oxford. Anup graduated from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad (2006) and completed his BCL (2008), M.Phil (2010) and D.Phil (2013) at the University of Oxford.

Suhasini Sen

Suhasini is a legal practitioner working in New Delhi.  She has previously worked with Mr. KK Venugopal and Ms. Nitya Ramakrishnan, and was a law clerk to Justice Markandey Katju in the Supreme Court of India. Suhasini graduated from NALSAR University of Law (2009) and also has degrees in law from the University of Cambridge (2013) as a Gates Cambridge Scholar and Harvard Law School (2014).

Maitreyi Misra

Maitreyi heads the Mental Health & Criminal Justice and the Mitigation teams at Project 39A. Previously, she has assisted Mr. Anand Grover in his capacity as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health. She is an alumna of Symbiosis Law School, Pune (2010) and the New York University School of Law (2011).

Nishant Gokhale

Nishant is pursuing his Ph.D. in Law at the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. He is a founding member of Project 39A, where he headed the Litigation team. Nishant was a law clerk to Justice RM Lodha in the Supreme Court and has also worked in the Chambers of Kapur & Trehan. Nishant graduated from WBNUJS, Kolkata (2011) and Harvard Law School (2018). After his LL.M., Nishant was an AIF Clinton Fellow at the Bhasha Research and Publication Centre in Tejgadh, Gujarat.

Himanshu Agarwal

Himanshu is a litigation consultant to Project 39A and has previously also headed the Litigation Team at Project 39A, providing pro bono legal assistance to prisoners on death row. Prior to Project 39A, he has worked with Dr. Menaka Guruswamy and Mr. Sanjeev Narula. Himanshu graduated from the Symbiosis Law School, Pune (2013). 

Ujwala Uppaluri

Ujwala is a lawyer based in New Delhi and is currently with the Chambers of Mr. Gopal Subramanium. Ujwala is a graduate of NUJS (2014) and Harvard Law School (2016). Thereafter, she was a law clerk to Justice L. Nageswara Rao at the Supreme Court of India.