Dr. Amita Dhanda teaches Administrative Law, Law and Poverty, Law and Literature and Judicial Process.
Dr. Dhanda joined NALSAR after a fifteen year stint on the Research Faculty of the Indian Law Institute, Delhi. She has written extensively on the legal position of persons with mental disability. Legal Order and Mental Disorder, her book on the legal status of persons with mental illness is a pioneering effort in the field. The Government of India and the Supreme Court of India have utilised her services to suggest far reaching legal and policy reform in the field of disability rights. She is assisting the Government of Gujarat in formulating a rights sensitive mental health law. Her research expertise has been drawn upon by international and national institutions such as the WHO, UNICEF, NHRC, NCW, NIMH.
At present Dr. Dhanda is strengthening the research base of law reform and legal education by actively engaging with policy and law in the field of mental health, child rights, disability and environment.