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Prof. (Dr.) V.S. Elizabeth, M.A., Ph.D., LL.B.

Prof. (Dr.) V.S. Elizabeth is the fourth Vice-Chancellor of TNNLU. She worked as Professor, teaching history and feminist legal theory, at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore before this. She began her career humbly as a part time lecturer in history in a pre-university college in Bangalore soon after completing M.A. in History, securing the second rank, from the Bangalore University in 1984. Till 1987 she taught in the Indiranagar Junior College, NMKRV College for Women and lastly as a full-time lecturer in History at the Maharani Lakshmi Ammani College for Women 1986-87. In 1986 she passed the University Grants Commission's Junior Research Fellowship exam which took her to the Department of History, Mangalore University to pursue the Ph.D. programme there. She joined the National Law School of India University as a Research Associate on 9th September 1991. This move to NLSIU, Bangalore was a momentous occasion in her career, even though she didn't recognise this at that time. She was the first faculty with a master's degree in history to join the faculty of NLSIU to teach History in what was then an experiment in legal education in India, set up by the Bar and Bench of India. She had the responsibility to design three courses for teaching history to law students. The curriculum she developed has since then been drawn upon by the Bar Council of India in designing the prescribed syllabus for teaching History in the five year B.A., LL.B. programme, and also by faculty who teach history to law students in the various law colleges and law universities. She also taught women and law related courses as an optional course for students at NLSIU. Based on her work as the Coordinator of the Centre for Women and Law, NLSIU, the research work done for the International Centre for Research on Women, USA and the courses on women and law that she taught at NLS she was invited by the National Commission for Women, in 2003-4, to be part of the team set up to plan and design the curriculum for teaching Feminist Jurisprudence in the Law colleges and Law Universities of the country. At the same time the Washington College of Law, American University brought together faculty from six different institutions, teachers of women and law, to build a team to teach law from a feminist perspective. This project, Gender and Legal Education, provided the forum, the Gender and Law Association, for faculty teaching feminist jurisprudence in the various institutions to share their experiences, the curriculum, reading lists and teaching methods. This led to her teaching Feminist Jurisprudence to both the undergraduate and graduate students at NLSIU since then. In 2005 she was invited to join a group of law teachers from various parts of the world to found the International Association of Law Schools. She was one of the founding members of the governing board of the IALS (2005-09 & 2010-2013). In 2012-13 she was appointed as a member of the High Level Committee on Status of Women by the Government of India. She loves teaching history and teaching young people. Feminism is a way of life for her. Feminist legal theory is her latest research project. Most of her publications are on themes related to law and violence against women. She is passionate about her students, about history and women's right to live with dignity.