Dr Kumar obtained her bachelor’s degree in law (L.L.B.) from Queen’s University, Canada, her master’s degree in law (LL.M.) at Osgoode Hall Law School, York, University, Canada and her doctorate in law (D.Phil.) at the University of Oxford, UK. She also holds a B.A. (Hons) and M.A. in political theory/philosophy. Her LL.M. on the role of ideological discourses in the adjudication of constitutional rights in both Canada and South Africa won one of three university wide prizes for best theses. She was awarded a Winter Williams Scholarship (jointly funded by Merton College and the Law Faculty) to complete her doctoral studies at the University of Oxford. In 2005-2006, Merton College generously funded her exchange to the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) in Paris, France to conduct research. Her D.Phil. critically interrogated the relationship between international labour rights and human rights, and was awarded by Oxford’s Faculty of Law without corrections.
She has held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies, Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto and a Visiting Research Fellowship at the London School of Economics (Department of Law and the Centre for International Studies). She has been a lecturer at University of Durham, UK, and has previously worked at the Constitutional Law Branch of the Ministry of Attorney General of Ontario in Toronto and as an Adjunct Professor at the Law Faculty, University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
Dr Kumar’s international teaching experience includes inter alia: Jurisprudence (i.e. Philosophy of Law), Introduction to Law, and Comparative Constitutional Law(at Wadham and Mansfield Colleges, University of Oxford, UK); Critical Legal Reasoning (at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada); Tort, Legal Skills, and LL.M. Writing Skills(at the University of Durham, UK).
In 2011-2012, she was invited to deliver guest lectures for postgraduate law courses at Osgoode Hall Law School (Global Law in Context course) and at the London School of Economics (LSE) (Rethinking International Law course). She has also been invited to speak on the relationship between international law and revolution for the International Law and the Periphery Conference at the American University in Cairo, Egypt; for the Jurisprudence Centre, at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada; and for the LSE’s Public International Law Speakers Series, Department of Law, LSE. Most recently, she has been invited to give a keynote speech at a Conference at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) on “Getting Closure: Human Rights After Human Rights”.