Leah Utyasheva has a background in law and human rights and has worked as a researcher and policy and law reform specialist.
For the past 20 years, she has worked on law and policy reforms in various regions of the world, including reforms on gender equality, migration, health, and protection from discrimination of people living with HIV, people who use drugs, and other vulnerable communities. She has participated in drafting human rights, gender equality, and anti-discrimination legislation in various countries and has extensive experience in assessing legislative gaps, and working with decision-makers, including the legal community, civil society and parliamentarians.
Her work at CPSP focuses on human rights-based approaches to pesticide management, human rights aspects of HHP use in low- and middle-income countries, reduction of pesticide suicide through regulation, policy initiatives to improve suicide reporting, and decriminalization of suicide attempt.
Perception of the criminality of attempted suicide in Nepal and its impact on suicide reporting
International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, May 2022
Human Rights Perspective on Pesticide Exposure and Poisoning in Children: A Case Study of India
Health and Human Rights Journal, December 2021
Prevention of pesticide suicides and the right to life: The intersection of human rights and public health priorities
Journal of Human Rights, October 2021
Suicide by pesticide ingestion in Nepal and the impact of pesticide regulation
BMC Public Health, June 2021
Suicide by pesticide poisoning in India: a review of pesticide regulations and their impact on suicide trends
BMC Public Health, February 2019