Basanti has a background of working with international organisations and legal institutions, including the UN Office of Counter Terrorism, the UN Counter Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED) and the International Criminal Court. Part of her work at the UN included analysing counter terrorism measures and legislation. At the ICC, she worked in the diplomatic branch of the court and assisted in the external operations undertaken. Basanti also has experience working on rights issues in the context of island communities. She has worked with the Chagossian community in various capacities and has volunteered for both the Centre for Small States as well as the Island Rights Initiative.
Basanti holds a BA in Political Science and International Relations from the University of California, Davis. While pursuing this degree, she worked at the Sacramento District Attorney’s Office and assisted on various criminal and environmental cases. She graduated with a first class honours degree in Law from Queen Mary University of London in 2021 and was awarded the Senior Status Scholarship for excellence. During her LLB, Basanti volunteered at Queen Mary’s Legal Advice Centre and undertook a range of mini pupillages in criminal and public law. Basanti completed the Bar Practice Course as an Inner Temple Scholar in May 2022 and is currently a Vocalise Mentor, teaching advocacy skills in prisons as a volunteer.