Justice Innovation Researcher
« Justice is what love looks like in public. » ~ Cornel West
Kanan Dhru is the Justice Innovation Researcher at HiiL. She focuses on developing insights on justice innovation, which empowers innovators and strengthens the justice innovation ecosystem.
Being a serial justice innovator herself (Founder of LawForMe, Lawtoons and Research Foundation for Governance in India), Kanan won HiiL´s Innovating Justice Challenge in 2014. She then became HiiL´s Regional Head for India/Bangladesh in 2018 and thereafter joining HiiL as the Community Manager in 2019. Kanan has a Master’s in Public Administration from IGNOU and a law degree from the London School of Economics, UK. She has been a practising lawyer in India, an accredited mediator and a columnist with The Huffington Post.
Kanan has worked with the National Knowledge Commission (Prime Minister´s Advisory) in India and has been an External Consultant with McKinsey & Company. An Acumen India Fellow, Fulbright Scholar (which she did not take up), Kanan has been named as ´One of 37 Indians to Watch´ by India Today in 2012. She has been a part of the Global Agenda Council at the World Economic Forum as well as the India Lead of the Legal Hackers community.
For Kanan, justice innovation is a personal business! As a young lawyer working in the High Court of India, she saw that an inefficient and hierarchical justice system was perpetuating injustices in society. Since then, she has been working on infusing reforms within the justice systems to make them effective and just.
Kanan is deeply interested in people and interpersonal relationships. In her free time, she loves to read, travel to different places and philosophize about life.
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