What I do

As the Project Lead, Avantika assists in overseeing the synthesis of qualitative research and integration of findings from various sources into a quantitative format. She conducts searches across an array of news media and other sources to identify perceived mass atrocities and record them. Avantika also reviews and vets the work of peers, assists in assigning and tracking progress towards deliverables, and assists in training new team members.


  • MA in International Human Rights,
    • Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, Denver, USA
  • Advanced Diploma in International Humanitarian Law,
    • NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, India
  • Integrated MA in Development and International Studies,
    • Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, Chennai, India


Avantika has conducted independent research at the Graduate Institute, Geneva on surveillance in occupied Palestinian territories and armed group identification in the Bosnian civil war. Her MA thesis focused on attributing state responsibility for torture. She has also studied genocidal rapes in Bosnia as part of the Peacebuilding Project.

In her role at the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development, Avantika monitored and reported on the Taliban’s 2021 takeover of Afghanistan and human rights violations in seven South Asian countries. She has previously contributed to conceptualizing migration policy in Papua New Guinea with the UN-IOM.

Avantika has worked with Dr. Marie Berry at the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy on coordinating, conducting interviews, and researching for a book project highlighting narratives of resistance, creativity, and care during Genocide featuring compelling stories from Sri Lanka, Rwanda, Ukraine, Bosnia, Syria, and the Holocaust. Additionally, Avantika has facilitated the Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative Summer Institute in Mexico City, bringing together 17 Latin American women-identified frontline activists aiming to build solidarity.

Featured Publications

Singh, A. (2020). Mens Rea in International Law: Nuremberg to the International Criminal Court. International Journal of Legal Developments and Allied, (6), 5.




Avantika was granted the Founder’s Recognition Scholarship & Ben M. Cherrington Endowed Fellowship 100% tuition award for her MA in International Human Rights at the Josef Korbel School. She also received the ThinkSwiss Scholarship in 2019 from the Embassy of Switzerland, to pursue a 3-month research fellowship at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva.