Kiran Grewal

Staff details

Position Reader
Department Sociology
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Kiran Grewal

Kiran is a Reader in Human Rights in the Department of Sociology. A qualified lawyer, Kiran has worked as a scholar, practitioner and activist in the areas of refugee law, sexual and gender-based violence, torture prevention, policing and international criminal law in Australia, Sierra Leone, Kosovo, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

Kiran’s research is particularly concerned with the interactions between legal frameworks and social justice struggles of marginalized and/or subaltern groups. She is also generally interested in postcolonial, subaltern and feminist approaches to human rights, law, sexual and gender-based violence and transitional justice. She is the author of two books: The Socio-Political Practice of Human Rights (Routledge 2016) and Racialised Gang Rape and the Reinforcement of Dominant Order: Discourses of Gender, Race and Nation (Routledge 2017).

Kiran is currently working on a project entitled, ‘The Everyday Life of Human Rights’ focused on subaltern engagements with the language and institutions of human rights in post-war Sri Lanka.


Kiran is the Convenor of the MA in Human Rights, Culture and Social Justice.

Areas of Supervision

Kiran is interested in supervising projects on human rights, humanitarianism, transitional justice, feminist, postcolonial, decolonial and subaltern theory and politics. She is also interested in projects that adopt a socio-legal approach: looking at the relationship between legal and social norms.



Research Interests

  • Human rights
  • Humanitarianism
  • Postcolonial, subaltern and decolonial theory and politics
  • Feminist theory and politics
  • Transitional justice
  • Sri Lanka/South Asia
  • Socio-legal theory and methodologie