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Job Post: Studio Nilima Correctional Home Fellowship Program,Assam(Legal Services Fellow):15.04.2022

Updated: Mar 24

About Studio Nilima

Studio Nilima is an action-based research collective based in Guwahati, Assam, India. Inspired by the life of Nilima Dutta, we bring together lawyers, thinkers, academics, artists, and students to engage with contemporary concerns of Northeast India, specifically Assam.

They initiate dialogues and community engagement and explore new ways of learning, thinking, research and practice. We exist at the intersections; the intersections of law, governance, and society.

About the Initiative

Pratidhwani (the Echo) is a core initiative at Studio Nilima, which engages with the correctional homes of Assam. Since 2017, Studio Nilima has been at the forefront in bridging the gap in access to justice for the marginalized and vulnerable inmates by making routine visits to the correctional homes of Assam.

Through these visits, we have made an attempt at understanding and improving prison conditions through dialogues with stakeholders who form the prison ecosystem and support rehabilitation efforts of inmates into society.

A major part of our intervention in the correctional homes has been through providing effective legal representation to the inmates and also pursuing strategic litigations to address the structural deficiencies within the correctional home apparatus.

About the Fellowship

Applications are invited for the position of Legal Services Fellow for the Studio Nilima Correctional Home Fellowship Program 2022 to join the team working at Pratidhwani.

Responsibilities and Expectations

  • Draft criminal appeals, review petitions, writ petitions, applications, affidavits and other legal documents.

  • Provide assistance to senior counsels.

  • Formulate and strategize legal intervention.

  • Accompany the team in regular visits to the correctional homes.

  • Establish continued communication with stakeholders within the prison ecosystem such as officers, inmates, legal aid authorities, etc.

  • Contribute to the research and knowledge output of Studio Nilima, along with organising workshops and conferences.

  • Any other work that may be assigned to them related to the mandate of Studio Nilima.


  • An LL.B./B.A. LL.B. degree from a university recognised by the Bar Council of India.

  • Enrolment with any State Bar Council.

  • Litigation experience of at least 2-3 year(s).

  • Fluency in spoken and written English.

  • Candidates with intermediate fluency in spoken and written Assamese will be given preference.

Terms of Employment and Remuneration

  • The Position(s) are full time and based in Guwahati.

  • The period of the Fellowship will be from June, 2022 to May, 2023.

  • Remuneration for the position(s) shall correspond with the work experience of the candidate.

How to Apply?

Interested candidates may write to Ms. Abantee Dutta, Co-founder and Director, Studio Nilima at abantee@studionilima.com and/or info@studionilima.com with a Statement of Purpose (within 1500 words), and their CVs by April 15, 2022.


Guwahati, Assam

Other Details

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