Anjum Razavi, 2013
Alliya was born and raised in the Indian administered valley of Kashmir, which has been a site of a protracted conflict for over two decades.
She completed her undergraduate degree in law with honors from the University of Kashmir. She went on to study for an LLM in Human Rights, Conflict and Justice on the prestigious Commonwealth Scholarship from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and graduated with merit. Alliya has served as Law Officer at the Kashmir Chapter of India’s largest Legal NGO, Human Rights Law Network, providing legal aid to victims of human rights abuse in Kashmir. As consultant at the J&K State Commission for Women, she provided counseling to women victims of domestic abuse. She has also taught Public International Law and Human Rights at a law school in Kashmir. More recently, she has worked as Senior Program Officer at the Secretariat of a coalition of 14 leading Indian human rights organizations, coordinating their UN level advocacy initiatives, particularly those pertaining to India’s second Universal Periodic Review.
Alliya is interested in questions of sovereignty, use of force, state responsibility and self-determination.