Assistant Professor of Law
New York University Law School, Visiting Researcher, 2012
London School of Economics, Department of Law (LSE) Research Fellow, 2005-present
Columbia University Law School Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2005-09
Ph.D., LSE, Department of Law, 2005
LL.M., LSE, Department of Law, with honors, 1998
LL.B., University of London, with honors, 1995
Dr. Tamara Relis joins us from Columbia University Law School in New York and the Department of Law of the London School of Economics (LSE), where she has been and continues as a postdoctoral research fellow since 2005. She holds a Ph.D. in law and an LL.M. degree with honors from the LSE (focusing on conflict resolution, procedural law and human rights in the developing world), where she taught two LL.B. courses for two years. Dr. Relis also holds an LL.B. degree with honors from the University of London. She is a trial lawyer (barrister) with experience in trial court practice, as well as having qualified as a solicitor, working primarily in litigation.
Dr. Relis is currently working on her second book, The Purchase of Human Rights: Standards and Legal Pluralism in the Global South (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). The manuscript is based on a large-scale four-year empirical study (2005-09) of formal courts and quasi-legal non-state justice processing of international human rights violation cases of violence against women in India. She was the recipient of the Economic and Social Research Council’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Award for 2005/06, the British Academy’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Award for 2006/09, and a Columbia University (Provost’s Office) & LSE Seed Fund Publishing Award relating to a collaborative project with Professor Kendall Thomas (Columbia Law School, Center for Law and Culture) and Professor Simon Roberts (LSE). Her doctoral findings have been published as a book by Cambridge University Press (New York, 2009) entitled ‘Perceptions in Litigation and Mediation: Lawyers, Defendants, Plaintiffs and Gendered Parties’. Further to positive reviews and recommendations by US and International law professors, the book was published in paperback in 2011. Dr. Relis has also published in various law journals including the Harvard Negotiation Law Review (2007), the Pittsburgh Law Review (2007), and Human Rights Quarterly (2011). In 2012 she was published in the United Nations Press (UNDP) in relation to her research on the permeation of the CEDAW in non-state justice courts in South Asia.
Dr. Relis has been invited to speak about her research throughout North America (Canada, USA), Europe (Britain, Italy, Germany, Spain, France, and Croatia), Asia (India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, China) and South Africa. She was also invited to Japan through a Japanese government award to speak about her findings culminating in her first book. Most recently, Dr. Relis has been invited to speak at Cornell University Law School, St. John's University School of Law, Rutgers Law School and Fordham Law School. Her 2009 book was chosen to be the topic of an Author-Meets-Reader panel at the American Law and Society Association Conference in May 2010. In October 2010 she was invited by the United Nations Development Program to speak on the permeation of CEDAW (the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women) in non-state justice regimes in South Asia. In 2011, Dr. Relis was appointed by the U.S. National Science Foundation to be a reviewer relating to decisions on large-scale funding of empirical legal and sociolegal research. In 2012, she was appointed a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Legal Pluralism. In 2013, she was appointed manuscript reviewer for Cambridge University Press (law and international human rights).
International Human Rights Law
Global Conflict Resolution