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Jayna Kothari is a Senior Advocate and practices in the Supreme Court of India and the Karnataka High Court. She is also the co-founder and Executive Director at the Centre for Law and Policy Research, Bangalore. Jayna graduated from University Law College with a B.A. LL.B degree and read the BCL at Oxford University. She was awarded the Wrangler D.C. Pavate Fellowship in Cambridge University. Jayna’s research and practice interests include constitutional law, gender and sexuality law, disability rights and discrimination law. She had argued in the Supreme Court in the recent constitutional challenges to Section 377 and adultery which were both decriminalized. She also argued the Independent Thought case in which the Supreme Court recognized child marital rape as a criminal offence. Jayna has worked extensively around transgender rights and equality and CLPR is one of the pioneering organisations in the country working on issues of discrimination of the most marginalized groups and the enforcement of their constitutional rights. CLPR has drafted India’s first Equality Bill 2021, a civil law to address discrimination on the grounds of gender, sex, caste, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation and other grounds. Jayna’s book “The Future of Disability Law in India” was published in 2012 by Oxford University Press.