Alok Prasanna Kumar
Alok Prasanna Kumar graduated with a B.A. LL.B. (Hons) from the NALSAR University in 2008 and obtained the BCL from the University of Oxford in 2009. He is the Co-Founder and Lead, Vidhi Karnataka. His areas of research include judicial reforms, Constitutional law, urban development, and law and technology. He writes a monthly column for the Economic and Political Weekly and has published in the Indian Journal of Constitutional Law and National Law School of India Review apart from media outlets such as The Hindu, Indian Express, Scroll, Quint and Caravan. He has practiced in the Supreme Court and Delhi High Court from the chambers of Mr Mohan Parasaran, and currently also co-hosts the Ganatantra podcast on IVM Podcasts.
Anurag Bhaskar is an Assistant Professor at Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat. He is also an Affiliate Faculty at Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession, USA and Indian Institute of Dalit Studies, Delhi. Anurag pursued his LL.M. from Harvard Law School (2018-19) and B.A. LL.B. (2012-17) from RMLNLU, Lucknow. He has also clerked for Dr. Justice DY Chandrachud, Judge, Supreme Court of India, during 2017-18. Anurag is a recipient of the Bluestone Rising Scholar Award 2021 conferred by Brandeis University, USA, and the Indian Equality Law Fellowship at Melbourne Law School, Australia. He is one of the founders of CEDE, an organisation working towards increasing representation in the legal profession and the judiciary.
Aparna is an Assistant Professor of Law and Research Director, Centre for Constitutional Law, Policy and Governance at the National Law University, Delhi. Aparna received her LL.M and JSD degrees from Yale Law School in 2007 and 2013, respectively. She was a Lillian Goldman Scholar at Yale Law School from 2010-2012. Her doctoral dissertation (under the supervision of Judith Resnik and guidance of Bruce Ackerman and Alec Stone Sweet) examined the role of international law in domestic constitutional adjudication, with a primary focus on the Indian Supreme Court.
Bhavisha Sharma graduated from NALSAR in 2022. She will be moving to London in March 2023 for her Training Contract at Linklaters LLP. Currently, she is exploring working of the Indian legal system through internships. Bhavisha has been associated with LAOT since it was handed over to NALSAR Student Team in 2017. She served as the Editor-In-Chief of Law And Other Things and the NALSAR Student Law Review during 2021-22. She has been awarded the prestigious Temasek Scholarship (2019) and NTSE Scholarship (2015). She has written multiple pieces on constitutional and human rights.
Dayaar Singla is a lawyer working in the area of technology policy. He graduated from NALSAR University of Law in 2021 with three gold medals including the medal for the Best All-Round Student. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of Law and Other Things 2020-21 and as an Editor of Vol. XI of Indian Journal of Intellectual Property Law. He was the only student invited to testify before the Special 301 Interagency Panel 2019 by the United States Trade Representative, Executive Office of the POTUS. He has written a series of posts on the Santa Clara Criminal Law & Policy Blog, SpicyIP and LAOT.
Disha Wadekar is an independent advocate practicing in the Supreme Court of India. She has previously worked as an associate at the chambers of Sr. Adv. Indira Jaising on constitutional bench matters including the Sabarimala case and the Jarnail Singh (reservation in promotions) case. Wadekar has also headed a legal resource center set up under a project by London School of Economics. She has worked as a Consultant Advocate for the Death Penalty Project at National Law University, Delhi, and Centre for Women’s Development Studies, New Delhi.She is the co-founder and President of CEDE- an organisation working towards a diverse and inclusive legal profession and the judiciary. She regularly writes for various media platforms on the dynamics of law and marginalisation.
Malavika Prasad is an advocate and doctoral fellow at the Nalsar University of Law. She has worked on both sides of the Bar, clerking for Justice Ravindra Bhat when he served at the Delhi High Court, and as an advocate in the Supreme Court of India and other courts. She is part of the visiting faculty at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore where she teaches a module on Law and Science. She holds degrees from the Nalsar University of Law and the University of Michigan Law School as a Grotius Fellow.
Mohsin Alam Bhat
Mohsin Alam Bhat teaches at Jindal Global Law School and heads its Centre for Public Interest Law. He studied law at NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, before completing his LL.M. and J.S.D. from Yale Law School. His academic work focuses on discrimination, exclusion, and the politics of religious and caste minorities in India. He is interested in combining multiple methodologies, particularly ethnographic methods, in the study of law. In 2016, he was awarded the Gruber Fellowship in Global Justice and Women’s Rights (Yale) and started an ongoing empirical research on urban rental housing discrimination in India. He is also the co-founder of Parichay, a collaborative effort between law schools in India to provide legal aid to those filing appeals against their exclusion from the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam.
Nick is a Lecturer in Political Science at Yale University and a Schell Visiting Human Rights Fellow at Yale Law School. He has extensively studied and researched various aspects of legal profession and judicial administration in India. After graduating from Yale Law School in 2006, he spent seven years in South Asia, clerking for Chief Justice Sabharwal of the Indian Supreme Court, and working at Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) in New Delhi on rights litigation involving water and health. He has also taught law at National Law School-Bangalore, Lahore University Management Sciences, and Jindal Global Law School.
Nikita Sonavane has worked as a legal researcher and an advocate for five years. She is the co-founder of the Criminal Justice and Police Accountability Project (CPAProject) a Bhopal based litigation and research intervention focused on building accountability against criminalisation of marginalised communities by the Police and the criminal justice system. Her writings have been intersection of policing, caste and digitisation of the criminal justice in India. Nikita has previously worked on issues of local governance, forest rights, and gender in the Adivasi region of Dang in Gujarat. She graduated with a B.A. (Political Science) degree from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai and an LL.B. degree from Government Law College, Mumbai. Nikita holds an LL.M in Law and Development degree from Azim Premji University (APU), Bangalore. Her writings have been published by the AI Now Institute at NYU, Indian Express, the Hindu, Caravan among others.
Raeesa Vakil is an advocate, and a J.S.D candidate at the Yale Law School, where she also earned her LL.M in 2016. Prior to that, Raeesa studied law at the National Law School of India in Bengaluru, after which she worked in litigation at the Supreme Court of India, as well as in courts in Delhi and Mumbai, and was a research scholar studying local government at the Center for Policy Research in New Delhi. Her doctoral dissertation, under the supervision of Bruce Ackerman (and guidance of Susan Rose-Ackerman and Taisu Zhang) examines judicial review in the Indian regulatory state.
Rupali Francesca Samuel
Rupali Francesca Samuel is a human rights and constitutional law scholar and practitioner. She is a graduate of Nalsar University of Law, Hyderabad and is enrolled as an advocate at the Delhi Bar. She clerked with Hon’ble Mr. Justice Dr. S Muralidhar at the Delhi High Court and thereafter practiced before the Supreme Court, Delhi High Court and trial courts in Delhi. In 2019, she attended Harvard Law School as a Fulbright-Nehru Fellow 2019-2020 where she received two Dean’s Scholar medals for outstanding scholarship and was awarded a Master’s in Law (LL.M) in 2020. She was thereafter awarded the prestigious Harvard Law School Henigson Human Rights Fellowship 2020 – 2021. Since July 2020, Rupali has been working at Parichay in the capacity of the head of the Litigation and Research team.
A seasoned corporate lawyer, Siddharth is in his 25th year of practice, and focuses on private equity and venture capital transactions; and on cross-border and domestic mergers and acquisitions. He has been highly ranked for several years, including by Chambers & Partners – lauded for his “global business perspective”, “attention to detail” and “excellent technical knowledge”. A Gold Medallist from NLSIU, Siddharth was a British Council & Foreign and Commonwealth Office Chevening, and J. N. Tata, Scholar at the University of Warwick Law School. He’s a Senior Partner at VERTICES PARTNERS, a pan-India corporate and commercial law Firm. He is also a visiting faculty at NLS, Bangalore.
Vikram Raghavan holds degrees from NLSIU, Bangalore (1997) and New York University (1998). He has worked as an attorney at O’Melveny & Myers, an international law firm and is currently a Lead Counsel at the World Bank. His areas of interest include constitutional law and international law. He has published widely and most recently edited a book titled ‘Supreme Court of India: The Beginnings’ by George H. Gadbois Jr.
Vishal Rakhecha is a lawyer working in the field of technology law. He graduated from NALSAR University of Law in 2021. He has served in various capacities at Law and Other Things since 2018, including as the Editor-in-Chief in 2020-2021. He was also a Public Resource Fellow with public.resource.org. He has written for Indian Law Review, the Oxford Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice, The Ken, and The Hindu.
Venkatesan is a journalist with a long experience of writing and commenting on political and legal matters. His book ‘Constitutional Conundrums: Challenges to India’s Democratic Process’ has been published by LexisNexis in 2014. The book, mostly written before the 2014 general elections, has an Afterword written after the declaration of results. He serves as a Senior Editor with the magazine ‘Frontline’.
Chinmayi Arun is a resident fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. She has served on the faculties of NUJS and National Law University Delhi from 2010 onwards, and was the founder Director of the Centre for Communication Governance at NLU Delhi. She was a Fellow of the Berkman Klein Center of Internet & Society at Harvard University from 2017-2019 and a faculty associate of the Center prior to that. Chinmayi has law degrees from NALSAR (2006), the LSE (2009) and Yale (2020). Her research tends to focus on freedom of expression, hate speech, privacy and artificial intelligence.
Vausjith is currently an LL.M. Candidate at Harvard Law School and is serving as a Research Assistant to Professor Stephen E. Shay. He has published widely and most recently co-edited a book titled ‘Supreme Court of India: The Beginnings’ by George H. Gadbois Jr. Notalby he has also co-athored a book with legal luminary Marc Galanter on the theme of suo-moto exercise of jurisdiction by Indian courts.
Arun Thiruvengadam holds degrees in law from the National Law School, Bangalore and the New York University School of Law. Between 1995-97, he served as a Law-clerk-cum-research-assistant to the Chief Justice of India, Justice A.M. Ahmadi. He has published widely and most recently authored a book titled ‘The Constitution of India: A Contextual Analysis’ (2018).
Anup teaches Constitutional Law at NLU Delhi and is also Director of the Centre on the Death Penalty, which currently comprises the Death Penalty Litigation Clinic and the Death Penalty Research Project. He was invited by Chief Justice RM Lodha (as he then was) in May 2014 to serve as the Deputy Registrar (Research) in the Supreme Court and was on deputation to the Supreme Court until August 2015. The only other instance of an academic being invited to the Supreme Court for a similar assignment was almost 30 years ago, in the late 80s, under Chief Justice PN Bhagwati. He holds B.A.,LL.B. (Hons.) from NALSAR and has to his credit BCL, M.Phil and D.Phil from the University of Oxford.