Institute for Social Justice


Dr Kiran Grewal

Dr Kiran Grewal

Kiran works in the areas of international human rights, criminal justice and social activism.  Her current research focuses on the relationship between international law and grassroots social justice struggles in post-conflict settings. She is also involved as an activist researcher in a project exploring the possibilities for alternative models of critically reflexive activism in Sri Lanka. 

A qualified lawyer, Kiran has worked as a scholar and practitioner on sexual and gender-based violence, torture, human rights education, war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sierra Leone, Kosovo, Sri Lanka and Nepal.  Her current research interests include human rights, humanitarianism, transitional justice, international feminist and postcolonial legal theory, postcolonial policing and subaltern social and political activism.

  • Articles

    Grewal, K. (2015). International Criminal Law as Site for Enhancing Women’s Rights?: Challenges, Possibilities, Strategies. Feminist Legal Studies, 23(2).

    Celermajer, D., Grewal, K. (2013). Preventing Human Rights Violations ‘From the Inside’: Enhancing the Role of Human Rights Education in Security Sector Reform.Journal of Human Rights Practice, 5(2), 243-266.

    Grewal, K. (2012). Australia, the Feminist Nation? Discourses of Gender, ‘Culture’ and Nation in the ‘K Brothers’ Gang Rapes. Journal of Intercultural Studies, 33(5), 509-528.

    Grewal, K. (2012). Reclaiming the voice of the “Third World Woman”: What happens if we don’t like what she has to say? The tricky case of Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Interventions: international journal of postcolonial studies, 14(4), 569-590.

    Grewal, K. (2012). The protection of sexual autonomy under international criminal law: The International Criminal Court and the challenge of defining rape. Journal of International Criminal Justice, 10(2), 373-396.

    Grewal, K. (2010). Rape in Conflict, Rape in Peace: Questioning the Revolutionary Potential of International Criminal Justice for Women’s Human Rights. The Australian Feminist Law Journal, 33, 57-79.

    Grewal, K. (2009). ‘Va t’faire integrer!’: The Appel des feministes indigenes and the challenge to ‘Republican values’ in Postcolonial France. Contemporary French Civilization: a journal devoted to all aspects of civilization and cultural studies in france and the francophone world, 33(2), 105-133.

    Grewal, K. (2007). The ‘Young Muslim Man’ in Australian Public Discourse.Transforming Cultures eJournal, 2(1), 116-134.

  • Books

    Grewal, K. forthcoming. The Socio-Political Practice of Human Rights. Ashgate, Surrey.

    Grewal, K. forthcoming. Ethnicized Gang Rape and Discourses of Gender, Race and Nation. Ashgate, Surrey.

  • Book Chapters

    Grewal, K. (2012). International Criminal Justice: Advancing the Cause of Women’s Rights? The Example of the Special Court for Sierra Leone. In Tonia St. Germain, Susan Dewey (Eds.), Conflict-Related Sexual Violence: International Law, Local Responses, (pp. 71-87). Sterling, Virginia: Kumarian Press.

    Dagistanli, S., Grewal, K. (2012). Perverse Muslim Masculinities in Contemporary Orientalist Discourse: The Vagaries of Muslim Immigration in the West. In George Morgan, Scott Poynting (Eds.), Global Islamophobia: Muslims and Moral Panic in the West, (pp. 119-142). Surrey, UK: Ashgate.

    Grewal, K. (2007). ‘The Threat from Within’: Representations of the Banlieue in French Popular Discourse. In Matt Killingsworth (Eds.), Europe: New Voices, New Perspectives – Proceedings from the Contemporary Europe Research Centre Postgraduate Conferences 2005/2006, (pp. 41-67). Australia: Contemporary Europe Research Centre, University of Melbourne.