Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy has come a long way since its inception in 2013. Today we are known for producing legal research of the highest standard and engaging with Union and State Governments through various stages of law making. Having grown in number and experience, in multiple areas of law and policy, we have understood that greater impact on governance can be achieved by direct engagements with State Governments. To that effect, Vidhi has opened its first chapter at Bengaluru, where our endeavour will be to engage with the Government of Karnataka to provide high quality independent research and drafting assistance.
Alok Prasanna Kumar is a Senior Resident Fellow and heads the Bengaluru office of the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy. He obtained his BA LL.B (Hons) degree from the NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad in 2008 and then obtained his BCL from the University of Oxford. He practiced as an advocate in Delhi between 2009 and 2013 the chambers of Mr Mohan Parasaran who was then Additional Solicitor General and later, Solicitor General of India. As an advocate, he worked in areas of taxation law, constitutional law, administrative law, among other areas. He was part of the founding team of Vidhi in 2013 and led the Judicial Reforms Vertical at Vidhi. He is a columnist for the Economic and Political Weekly and writes regularly for academic journals and other media outlets on the judiciary, and constitutional law and theory.
Akhileshwari Reddy is a Research Fellow at Vidhi, Bangalore. She graduated with a BA LLB (Hons.) from the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (Kolkata) in 2016 and went on to complete her Masters in Human Rights Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2017. She has previously interned at institutions such as Vidhi, PRS and in the Supreme Court of India under Justice Madan B. Lokur. Her main areas of interest lie in the protection and enforcement of Human Rights in India and in International Law.
Deepika Kinhal is a Senior Resident Fellow at Vidhi’s Bengaluru office. She graduated from National Law School of India University, Bengaluru, in 2012. Since then she has worked at Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co., Bengaluru, with their Real Estate and Capital Markets teams, and at Dua Associates, Bengaluru, with their Litigation team. Her previous research projects have been on issues concerning domestic workers, transgenders, child marriage and human trafficking. At Vidhi, she is keen to work on areas which resonate with the public and local government in Karnataka, particularly in the fields of urban development, education and judicial reforms.
Divij Joshi is a Research Fellow at Vidhi, Bengaluru. He graduated from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, in 2016, and subsequently worked in the disputes resolution team of AZB & Partners in Mumbai. He has also worked as an independent consultant and researcher with civil society organizations, and regularly writes on topics of intellectual property rights and the information society. His areas of interest include access to knowledge, innovation and law and technology.
Shashank Atreya is a Research Fellow at Vidhi, Bengaluru. He graduated with a BBA LLB(Hons.) from Christ University(Bengaluru) in 2017. Subsequent to graduation he briefly worked with Chase-India as a Junior Public Policy associate in New Delhi. During his time at Law School he was the Research Assistant to the Committee on Drafting University Statutes for Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka and M.C Naniah Committee,set up by the Karnataka Government, to recommend guidelines for improving the Safety of Women and Children in the State. He has earlier interned with Senior Counsel Shyam Divan, Additional Advocate General Dr Aditya Sondhi and PRS Legislative Research. His research interests are in the areas of Education Law and improving Urban Governance.