Polavarapu, Aparna

Associate Professor

Professor Polavarapu teaches in the areas of Rule of Law, Transnational Law, and Human Rights Law. Her research focuses on rule of law and human rights, with particular emphasis on land rights and customary/statutory law interaction.

Biographical Profile

School of Law
Law - Dean's Office
Tenure Status

International Activity

International Activities
Type of Activity
Independent Legal Consulting
Speaks Non-English Language
Yes (Written and Spoken French (advanced); Spoken Telugu (proficient))

Interest Background

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Interest Keywords
Rule of Law, Transnational Law, and Human Rights Law

Professional Preparation(Education & Training)

Dates Institution Location Degree Field of Study
2010 The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University Medford, MA M.A.L.D. Law and Development, Development Economics, Human Security
2006 Georgetown University Law Center Washington, DC J.D.
2001 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA B.S. Brain and Cognitive Sciences (Concentration: Systems Neuroscience), Biology

Memberships & Professional Activities

Dates Type Description Institution/Entity
2012 - Present Professional Activity Advisory Committee University Year of India

Positions & Appointments

Dates Description Institution/Entity
2005 - 2008 Corporate Associate Edwards Angell Palmer and Dodge LLP
2009 Independent Legal Consultant SEVOTA (Rwanda-based NGO), Kigali, Rwanda
2010 - 2012 Teaching Fellow and Supervising Attorney - International Women's Human Rights Clinic Georgetown University Law Center
2010 Coordinating Instructor and Lecturer - International Law Tufts University
2012 - Present Assistant Professor University of South Carolina School of Law

Recognition Awards, Honors, & Fellowships

Dates Type Description Foundation/Entity
2022 Award Social Justice Award University of South Carolina
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