Academic Programmes

5-Year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.)


B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) (1995) National Law School of India University, Bangalore.
LL.M. (Business Laws) (1999) National Law School of India University, Bangalore.
Ph.D in Law (2008) National Law School of India University, Bangalore.


Books & Book Chapters

  • Sarasu Esther Thomas, “Human Rights Lawyering: Whose Responsibility Is It Anyway?”, NHRC English Journal, 2018
  • Sarasu Esther Thomas, Law for Christians in comtemporary India, BTESSC, Senate of Serampore (2017 edition)
  • Sarasu Esther Thomas, “Homophobia and the Law: A Critical Review of s. 377” in George Zachariah and Vincent Rajkumar (eds.), Disruptive Faith, Inclusive Communities: Church and Homophobia (Bangalore/Delhi: CISRS/ISPCK, 2015), 15978-81-8465-493-6
  • Sarasu Esther Thomas, “The Personal is Political: A struggle for equality in the private realm of Family Law”, in Payal Kumar, UNVEILING WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP: IDENTITY AND MEANING OF LEADERSHIP IN INDIA, MACMILLAN (2015)
  • “Legal Approaches to Cross border Human Trafficking in India-Nepal-Bangladesh” in Gender, Human Rights and Law Volume 4, National Law School of India University, 2015
  • Sarasu Esther Thomas, LAW FOR CHRISTIANS IN CONTEMPORARY INDIA, BTESSC, Senate of Serampore (2014)
  • Sarasu Esther Thomas, “Towards Equality: Moving Towards a More Egalitarian Christian Personal Law”, in Dexter Maben, BORDERS AND MARGINS, CSS-UTC (2014)

Articles/ Reports/ Conference Publications

  • Dr. Nimushakavi Vasanthi and Dr. Sarasu Esther Thomas (Eds). “Social Exclusion and Rights of Persons with Disability” in memory of Rahul Cherian (2013), Centre for Women and the Law, National Law School of India University. ISBN No: 978-93-833-01-8
  • Dr. Sarasu Esther Thomas “The Draft Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2012: Some Loud Thinking in its Implications on Mental Health Provisions in Personal Laws” SOCIAL EXCLUSION AND RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITY (2013)85, Centre for Women and the Law, National Law School of India University

Research Interest and Other Activities

  • Family Law, Gender and Human Rights. Prof. Sarasu coordinates the Centre for Women and the Law and the Human Rights Lawyering Project.

Research Contributions (Selected)

  • BRIDGING SILOS: Dovetailing Curriculum Development, Research and Training of Young Lawyers and Law Students to strengthen synergies between law, practice and policy, to facilitate access to justice funded by Ford Foundation