Friday in Focus: Shreya Atrey
I am currently a lecturer at the University of Bristol Law School where I teach Public Law, Constitutional Rights, and European Union Law. Before starting at Bristol, I was based at the European University Institute, Florence as a Max Weber Fellow and at the Centre for Human Rights and Global Justice at the NYU School of Law as the Hauser Global Postdoctoral Fellow.
My work is primarily on international and comparative discrimination law. I am currently working on my monograph titled Intersectional Discrimination which is about tackling claims of discrimination based on more than a single ground, say, based on sex and race, race and disability, or sex, race and disability together. The monograph is based on my doctoral thesis which I completed at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.
At Oxford, I was involved with the Oxford Pro Bono Publico (OPBP) first as a researcher and later as the Chairperson of the OPBP Committee in 2014-15. This was the year we had the opportunity to use the prestigious Sigrid Rausing Trust funding received by the OPBP Committee the year before. Enabled by the funding, OPBP initiated its largest Internship Programme yet for supporting public interest work of Oxford graduates around the world and for floating the Southern African Judicial Assistance Project (SAJAP) for providing research assistance to judges in South African countries. We completed several exciting research projects including two for the Special Rapporteurs on Extreme Poverty and on Arbitrary Detention, and also held the first OPBP Public Interest Law Symposium on ‘Public Interest Lawyering in the Twenty-First Century’. My time with OPBP doing public interest research on a pro bono basis remains the highlight of my engagement with the Oxford Human Rights Hub.
I continue to write for the Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog and my latest post examined the headscarf decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union in Achibita where I argued for a finding of direct discrimination under the Framework Directive.