Mallika Kaur


Mallika Kaur is a lawyer and writer who focuses on international human rights with a specialization in gender and minority issues. In India, Kaur has worked on a range of issues including farmer suicides, female feticide, and transitional and transformative justice. In the United States, she has worked on issues including post-9/11 violence, policing practices, political asylum, and racial discrimination. Kaur has worked with victim-survivors of gendered violence since 2003, including as a crisis counselor, expert on family violence, and as a pro bono attorney at CORA, a domestic violence agency in the Bay Area, California, where she previously was a Staff Attorney. Working with local civil society, academic institutions, advocacy organizations, and government agencies, she combines research, advocacy, scholarship, and the law as an approach towards sustainable change. She was the Director of Programs for the initiative on Armed Conflict Resolution and People’s Rights, UC Berkeley (2012-2015). Kaur often writes for media and academic publications and is a regularly invited speaker and trainer on Gender Justice, Trauma-Informed Lawyering, Cultural Humility, South Asia, and International Human Rights.


J.D., UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall)
M.P.P., Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University