Alyssa Brierley is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at York University. Her dissertation, titled Public Interest Litigation as a Development Strategy: An Examination of the Campaigns for the Right to Food, Health and Housing in India, will explore how non-governmental organizations have utilized litigation to advance development objectives in India and the extent to which this has been effective. Alyssa completed her Juris Doctor at Osgoode Hall Law School with a specialization in International, Transnational and Comparative Law and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2010. Prior to law school, Alyssa completed a Masters degree in Political Science at York and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science. She is a 2012 Graduate Fellow with the Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security and is active with various national and community-based organizations, serving on the Board of Directors of the Family Services of Toronto and the International Advisory Committee of the Red Cross (Ontario Zone).
Keywords: Public interest litigation; non-governmental organizations; development; India