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Dr Anashri Pillay

Associate Professor in Law

Associate Professor in Law in the Durham Law School


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


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