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Thaatchaayini Kananatu is a Senior Lecturer in Global Studies at the School of Arts and Social Sciences, Monash University Malaysia. Her research interests include law, gender and race; law and social movements; as well as ethics, human rights and social justice. She is the author of Minorities, Rights and the Law in Malaysia (2020, Routledge), co-editor of Vulnerable Groups in Malaysia (2020, De Gruyter) with Sharon G. M. Koh, and co-editor of Gender and Sexuality Justice in Asia (2020, Springer) with Joseph N. Goh and Sharon A. Bong. She is a Fellow of Eleos Justice which researches on the death penalty in the Asian region. Her past project includes a research collaboration with the Monash Anti-Death Penalty Clinic and the Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network (ADPAN) entitled 'Drug offences and the Death Penalty in Malaysia: Fair Trial Rights and Ramifications' (2019).

Research interests

  • Race, gender and law
  • Human Rights
  • Social Justice
  • Socio-legal Studies

Monash teaching commitment

  • AMU3575 Taskforce: Responding to global challenges (Semester 1)
  • AMU2020 International human rights (Semester 2)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Law, LLB (Hons), Cardiff University


International Law, LLM Masters in Law, Oxford Brookes University

Research area keywords

  • Law in context
  • Law and society
  • Socio-Legal Studies
  • social movements and resistance
  • Legal Identity
  • Gender And Law

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