Justice Roshan Dalvi (Retd.)


Justice Dalvi has been in the legal field for 45 years, 27 of them as Judge.  She was appointed Judge, Bombay City Civil Court in September 1989, served as Principal Judge, Family Court, Mumbai from July to December 2004 and was elevated to the Bombay High Court in June 2005.  She retired as a Bombay High Court Judge in November 2015.

She practices as Arbitrator, Mediator and Legal Consultant and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).

She studied ‘Gender and Law’ Warwick University, Coventry, UK. She was granted a Fellowship in Peace and Conflict Resolution for Advanced Mediation and as such is a Rotary Peace Fellow.

She is a Fellow and Vice President (Asia) of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute, Halifax, Canada.

She was invited to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) to draft the protocol on the Rights of Children of sexual abuse.

She was invited to give the keynote address on Gender Equality in the Indian Constitution in the South Asia Conference of Wisconsin University, Madison, WI. USA.

She is the author of 2 books - Tangible Justice setting out memories of her judicial life and WOMAN: Her Trials and Triumphs showing socio-legal gender perspectives..

She has written articles on various law subjects including Gender Justice, Human Trafficking, Firm management, Conflict resolution and the Practice and Procedure of Arbitration.

She conducts workshops for Judges, lawyers, law students and law teachers on Gender Sensitization, Arbitration, Mediation, Human Rights, Case Management, Commercial Contracts, etc.

She is a guest lecturer in the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai in the Masters’ program in Access to Justice.

Her judgments include interpretation of commercial contracts, property litigation, family litigation, the law of evidence relating to proof of documents including electronic documents, a wide repertoire of socio-legal subjects including the proprietary rights of Hindu women, rights of widows under testamentary laws, the constitutional validity of intestate succession of Hindu women, child rights, human rights as also cases of economic offences involving bank frauds and investor frauds.