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portrait of Sandhya Drew

Sandhya Drew

Senior Lecturer/Asst. Dean (IS&E)

The City Law School, Professional Programmes

Contact Information


Postal Address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Sandhya Drew graduated in English & Modern Languages from the University of Oxford. After teaching in the Faculty of Political Sciences at the University of Bologna for two years, she was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1993 (NI 2003) after study at what is now the City Law School.

Sandhya practised full-time for the next twenty years from Tooks Chambers, with a successful practice in national and international employment and public law. She acted for her clients at all levels up to the then House of Lords and the European Court of Human Rights, including in a case which led to the enactment of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Sandhya has worked cross-border and in other jurisdictions including India. Latterly, she was engaged as a Consultant on Forced Labour by the International Labour Organisation. She joined City Law School in January 2019.

Sandhya holds a current Practising Certificate, accepts work compatible with her academic commitments and is also a CEDR Qualified Mediator with specialist skill in workplace and sports disputes.

Sandhya is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is a Visiting Professor of Employment Law on the University of Paris Nanterre’s Joint Masters Degree in French Law and Common Law.

At City, Sandhya leads the Judicial Review Elective and Advocacy Submissions on the Bar Vocational Studies course. She also convenes Employment Law on the LLB. She has taught across City's law courses, including Civil Litigation, Drafting, Civil oral and written Advocacy, Opinion Writing and Employment Law to Bar students, and Employment Law and International Human Rights Law to LLB students.

Sandhya is Assistant Dean (International Students and Exchanges) for City Law School.

She has contributed a chapter on Work and Human Rights to the 2020 edition of Pitt's Employment Law.
She is currently engaged on a joint project with Professor Sarah Bros of the University of Paris Dauphine on supply chains and fundamental rights.
Her recent blog on safety at work is here:


  1. Member, Business School Research Ethics Committee, Business School, Feb 2019 – Feb 2021


French (can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review), German (can understand spoken), Hindi (can speak and understand spoken), Italian (can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review) and Spanish; Castilian (can read, speak and understand spoken).


Geographic Areas

  • Asia - South Central
  • Europe



  1. Drew, S. (2009). Human Trafficking: Human Rights (Legal Action Group, 2009) ISBN 978-1-903307-65-6. London: Legal Action Group. ISBN 978-1-903307-65-6.

Journal article

  1. Drew, S. (2002). Human Trafficking: A Modern Form of Slavery? European Human Rights Law Review, (4).

Other Activities

Events/conferences (8)

  1. Jindal Global University Conference on the Future of Legal Education. (Seminar) (2020). Panel Member. Invited speaker.
    Paper: Women and the Law Panel
  2. Lectures in honour of Mahatma Gandhi. (Public lecture) Webinar to JNU, Delhi (2020). Panel Member. Invited speaker.
    Paper: Mind, Word and deed: To what extent was Mahatma Gandhi influenced by his legal education ?
    Author: Sandhya Drew
  3. Business and Human Rights Oxfam India Summer Course. (Conference) Webinar (2020). Panel Member. Invited speaker.
    Paper: Labour Rights Challenges in Supply Chains: The case of Informal Workers
    Author: Sandhya Drew
    Co-authors: Gopinath Parakuni
  4. Respect des Droits Humaines: Loi Votif, de Vigilance ou Voisinage? (Seminar) University of Paris Nanterre (2019). Invited speaker.
    Paper: Respect des Droits Humaines: Loi Votif, de Vigilance ou Voisinage?
    Author: Drew, S
  5. Seminar at Jindal Human Rights Centre. (Seminar) Delhi (2019). Panel Member. Invited speaker.
    Paper: Regional Human Rights Systems: The European Experience 70 years on
    Author: Sandhya Drew
  6. Employment and Flexibility Conference. (Conference) University of Kingston (2018). Panel Member. Invited speaker.
    Paper: Workers in the World Economy
  7. Faculty Paper. (Workshop) University of Paris Nanterre (2017).
    Paper: On the Bridge: Working for an International Organisation
    Author: Sandhya Drew
  8. Faculty Research Seminar. (Workshop) University of Surrey (2017).
    Paper: On the Bridge: Working for an international organisation

Online article

  1. Age Discrimination in Pay. (2017).