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Dr Anashri Pillay

Associate Professor in Law

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Associate Professor in Law in the Durham Law SchoolPCL143 


Anashri joined Durham Law School in 2013. She teaches public international law and international human rights law. Her research focuses on economic and social rights such as the rights to housing, health care and social security. She is particularly interested in the implications of making these rights justiciable by courts - both in terms of the effectiveness of judicial intervention in this area and the democratic legitimacy of such intervention.

Anashri completed her BA and LLB degrees at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa). She then took up a post at the University of Cape Town (South Africa). She went on to study for an LLM in Public Law at University College London (UCL) with funding from the University of Cape Town Trust. After completing her LLM, she worked in the Department of Public Law at the University of Cape Town, where she taught constitutional law, administrative law and international human rights law for several years. In 2006, she was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to study for a PhD at UCL. Her thesis examined the role of judges in implementing economic and social rights in South Africa, India and the United Kingdom. After completing her PhD, she taught Constitutional Law at the University of Leeds for two years before coming to Durham.

Anashri has published a number of articles on, amongst other things, principles of judicial restraint; adjudication of economic and social rights; and judicial review for unreasonableness.

She is a member of the Economic and Social Rights Research Network (ESRAN-UKI) and the African Network of Constitutional Lawyers (ANCL).

Research Supervision

Anashri would be very happy to supervise students who are interested in conducting research on economic and social rights, judicial review or international human rights law.

Research interests

  • International Human Rights Law
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Economic and Social Rights

Research groups

  • Human Rights Centre
  • Law and Global Justice at Durham


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Conference Proceeding

  • Pillay, Anashri (2008). Making social and economic rights work: justiciability, reasonableness and proportionality in South African and United Kingdom courts. World Congress on Constitutional Law, Athens, Greece, Bruylant (Brussels) and Ant. Sakkoulas (Athens).

Journal Article

  • Pillay, Anashri (2017). Protecting judicial independence through appointments processes: learning from the Indian and South African experiences. Indian Law Review 1(3): 283-311.
  • Pillay, Anashri (2014). Revisiting the Indian Experience of Economic and Social Rights Adjudication: the Need for a Principled Approach to Judicial Activism and Restraint. International and Comparative Law Quarterly 63(02): 385-408.
  • Pillay, Anashri (2013). Economic and social rights adjudication: developing principles of judicial restraint in South Africa and the United Kingdom. Public Law 606-624.
  • Pillay, Anashri (2012). Towards effective social and economic rights adjudication: the role of meaningful engagement. International Journal of Constitutional Law 10(3): 732-755.
  • Pillay, Anashri (2007). Enforcing social and economic guarantees before the courts: the South African and Indian experiences. African Yearbook of International Law (15): 143-161.
  • Pillay, Anashri (2007). In defence of reasonableness: giving effect to socio-economic rights. ESR Review Economic and Social Rights in South Africa 8(4): 3-8.
  • Pillay, Anashri (2007). South Africa: access to land and housing. International Journal of Constitutional Law 5(3): 544-556.
  • Pillay, Anashri (2007). Courts, variable standards of review and resource allocation: developing a model for the adjudication of social and economic rights. European Human Rights Law Review 6: 616-636.
  • Pillay, Anashri (2005). Reviewing reasonableness: an appropriate standard for evaluating state action and inaction? South African Law Journal 2: 419-440.
  • Pillay, Anashri (2005). Accessing Justice in South Africa. Florida Journal of International Law 17: 463.
  • Bennett, Tom & Pillay, Anashri (2003). The Natal and KwaZulu Codes: the case for repeal. South African Journal on Human Rights 19: 217-238.
  • Powell, Cathleen & Pillay, Anashri (2001). Revisiting Pinochet: The Development of Customary International Criminal Law. South African Journal on Human Rights 17(4): 477-502.

Supervision students