Babu Mathew was Former Registrar and faculty at NLSIU. He is presently a Visiting Professor teaching Master of Public Policy Programme. He was also part of the Trade Union movement and various other social movements taking up issues of bonded labour, child labour, displacement and destruction of the livelihoods of the marginalised.
He combined the teaching and practice of Human Rights and during the last six years he served as Country Director of Action Aid International in India. In this capacity he was in charge of evolving a ‘Rights Based’ policy and implementing a Human Rights agenda with special focus on Economic Social and Cultural Rights in 25 states of India. He led the process of presenting a Shadow Report focusing on the excluded communities of India before the relevant UN Committee in Geneva.