Arghya is the Founder and Research Director at Vidhi. He is an alumnus of National Law School of India University Bangalore and the University of Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar. While, at Oxford, he completed his D.Phil. on Independence and Accountability of the Indian Higher Judiciary and was a Lecturer in Administrative Law. His areas of specialisation are constitutional and administrative law. He has a number of academic publications on the Supreme Court, Parliament, fundamental rights and federalism and writes regularly for The Hindu, The Times of India and the Economic and Political Weekly.
Shankar graduated in law from the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata in 2008. Between April 2008 and May 2011, he practised as a junior Advocate in the chambers of Raju Ramachandran, Senior Advocate. He subsequently worked for 3 years in the chambers of Gaurav Agrawal, an Advocate on Record in the Supreme Court. He is soon to complete an LLM from University College London. Shankar leads the Public Law vertical at Vidhi.
Ritwika graduated with a B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) from Amity Law School, Delhi (GGS Indraprastha University) in 2013. She went on to complete an LL.M. from the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR), Hyderabad in 2014 where her choice of subjects largely revolved around constitutional law, legal theory and environmental law. At Vidhi, she is a Research Fellow in the public law vertical.
Sreenidhi graduated with a B.B.A. (LL.B.) (Hons.) from the National Law University, Jodhpur in 2012. She subsequently worked with Luthra & Luthra Law Offices, New Delhi for two years in the Infrastructure and Project Finance team. At Vidhi, she is a Research Fellow in the public law vertical.
Namrata Mukherjee graduated from the National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) with a B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) in 2016. Prior to joining Vidhi, she interned with practicing advocates as well as in organizations such as the Alternative Law Forum and Centre for Equity Studies. At NUJS her areas of engagement and interests included human rights, labour law, inter-disciplinary research, gender, sexuality and the law, and philosophy.
Corporate law and Financial regulation
Debanshu leads the corporate law and financial regulation vertical at Vidhi. He graduated from Hidayatullah National Law University in 2008 at the top of his class, and also served as President of its Student Bar Association in 2006-07. He completed his postgraduate studies in law from the University of Oxford, where he graduated with Distinction in the BCL. At Vidhi, he is part of the founding team of Senior Resident Fellows and has advised the Department of Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, the Reserve Bank of India, and the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India on several projects on corporate law, bankruptcy and financial regulation. Before joining Vidhi, he was a lawyer with AZB & Partners, a full-service law firm.
Joyjayanti Chatterjee is a research fellow in the Corporate Law and Financial Regulation vertical at Vidhi. She graduated with a BB.A. LL.B. from Symbiosis Law School in 2011, after which she worked with CPA Global, an intellectual property management specialist for around two years. She subsequently obtained an LL.M. from Columbia Law School in 2014 where her coursework concentrated on antitrust law, corporate law and intellectual property law. Before joining Vidhi, she was an associate in the competition law practice in Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co.
Shohini is a research fellow in the corporate law and financial regulations vertical. She graduated with a BA LLB (Hons) from the National Law Institute University, Bhopal in 2012. She subsequently worked with Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. in Mumbai for a year, before being sent on deputation to the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons, Ministry of Petroleum. In 2014, she was awarded the Weidenfeld Leadership Scholarship to read for the MSc in Law and Finance at the University of Oxford.
Shreya is a Research Fellow in the Corporate Law and Financial Regulation vertical. She graduated from National Law School of India University with a B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) in 2016. Her previous research and academic engagements focused on insolvency law, corporate governance, commercial remedies, taxation and free speech.
Sumathi Chandrashekaran works at the intersect of law and policy, and has undertaken projects for various bodies, including the Ministries of Law & Justice; Finance; Petroleum & Natural Gas; the Unique Identity Authority of India (Aadhaar); and the United Nations Development Programme. She was a core member of the research team to the Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission (2011-2013), and has also been a consultant to the Twentieth Law Commission of India (2015). She has also co-authored Create, Copy, Disrupt: India's Intellectual Property Dilemmas (OUP, 2017). Sumathi graduated in English literature from Lady Shri Ram College, and in law from the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi. She also has a double masters' degree in public policy and public affairs from the National University of Singapore and Sciences PO Paris. She is a Senior Resident Fellow in the Judicial Reform vertical.
Ameen works with the Judicial Reform initiative at Vidhi, handling both collaborative, as well as independent projects and research studies. He graduated from W.B. National University of Juridical Sciences [B.A.LL.B. (Hons.)], in 2012, with distinction in Election Law and Advanced Constitutional History. Prior to joining Vidhi, Ameen has extensively litigated before the Supreme Court of India, the High Court of Delhi and numerous tribunals, as part of the Regulatory and Policy litigation practice of J. Sagar Associates, a leading law firm in India. Ameen has also handled advisory work regarding the Electricity Distribution sector in the NCT of Delhi.
Medha graduated with BA LLB (Hons.) from National Law Institute University, Bhopal. After clerking with Justice AK Patnaik at the Supreme Court, she completed her BCL at Oxford. Subsequently, she has worked in the chambers of Mr. Ravindra Shrivastava, Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court. Her practice involved issues pertaining to constitutional and administrative law, commercial laws, electricity law and arbitration in the Delhi and Chhattisgarh High Courts, and other tribunals. Currently, she is a Research Fellow in the Judicial Reform Initiative at Vidhi.
Nitika graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Humanities from Yale University in 2016, where her concentration focused on postcolonial theory, religion and the law. She has previously interned with Vidhi and organizations such as the National Human Rights Commission and Human Rights Law Network, working on research related to nuclear liability laws, penal reform, and legislation for protecting acid attack survivors. At Vidhi, she is a Research Fellow with the Judicial Reform Initiative.
Shalini graduated from the Jindal Global Law School with a B.A., LLB. (Hons) in 2015 and is currently a Research Fellow in the Judicial Reform Initiative at Vidhi. Prior to joining Vidhi, Shalini was a Research Fellow at Centre for Communications Governance at National Law University, Delhi and worked primarily on issues at the intersect of cybersecurity, cybercrime and international law. In law school, she worked extensively on public health, human rights, development and governance issues. A policy brief she independently authored, on artificial reproductive technologies and effectuating good surrogacy practices, was presented at the Karnataka Legislative Assembly in 2015.
public health AND Environmental justice
Dhvani leads the public health and environmental justice initiative. She graduated with a B.L.S; LL.B. from Government Law College, Mumbai in 2009. She was subsequently awarded the Rhodes Scholarship and graduated with distinctions in the BCL and the M.Phil at the University of Oxford. She is currently reading for a D.Phil in Law, focusing on the fragmentation of environmental legislation. She has taught Environmental Law to undergraduate students at Oxford and was Chairperson of Oxford Pro Bono Publico in 2011-12. She is part of the founding team of Senior Resident Fellows at Vidhi.
David received his Medical degree in Ireland and subsequently worked as a GP principal in the UK. He also holds an MSc in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Now relocated to Delhi, he is Senior Research Fellow in the Public Health and Environmental Justice Initiative at Vidhi.
Debadityo is a Senior Research Fellow in the Public Health and Environmental Justice vertical. He graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Zoology from Acharya Narendra Dev College, University of Delhi in 2009, and completed post-graduation in M.Sc. (Tech.) Environmental Science and Technology from Banaras Hindu University in 2012. He has worked as a Program Officer with the Legal Initiative for Forest and Environment, New Delhi and is founder and trustee of Vindhyan Ecology and Natural History Foundation. He has been associated with various grassroot environmental justice organizations and has assisted them in taking up critical environmental issues before courts and other forums.
Nivedita graduated from the W.B. National University of Juridical Sciences in 2015 with a B.A. L.LB. (Hons.). She subsequently worked in the HIV/AIDS Unit at the Lawyers Collective, and was a Consultant to the Research and Information System (Ministry of External Affairs) and WHO (SEARO) on clinical trials and the right to health. She has interned with the Public Health Foundation of India and PRS Legislative Research, where she has worked on the Mental Health Care Bill and issues of access to medicines and healthcare. At Vidhi, she is a Research Fellow with the Public Health and Environmental Justice Initiative.
Shreya graduated with a B.B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) from the National Law University, Jodhpur in 2012 and subsequently worked with Luthra & Luthra Law Offices, New Delhi for two years. At Vidhi, she works as a Research Fellow and has advised the Reserve Bank of India and worked with various government ministries, including the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Corporate Affairs and the Law Ministry, in the area of corporate law and financial regulations. Presently, she is focusing on public health related issues, under the Public Health and Environmental Justice Initiative.
Yashaswini graduated from the Jindal Global Law School with a B.A., LLB. (Hons) in 2014. Prior to joining Vidhi, she interned at various national and international organisations such as the Central Information Commission and the offices of the United Nations. Her main areas of research in law school were in the field of human rights, environmental law and public international law. At Vidhi, she is a Research Fellow with the Public Health and Environmental Justice Initiative.
Sakshi graduated with a B.A. LLB (Hons.) from National Law School of India University in 2014. She subsequently obtained the BCL from University of Oxford in 2015. Her areas of specialisation have been Criminal Law, Medical Law and Ethics and Environmental Law. At Vidhi, she is a Research Fellow with the Public Health and Environmental Justice Initiative.
Ajey leads the Education Initiative at Vidhi which looks into questions of law and policy relating to right to education, its enforcement and other connected issues and matters. He graduated from NALSAR University of Law in 2011 and thereafter completed an LL.M. in Legal Theory from New York University in 2012. After returning from NYU, he taught at Jindal Global Law School, Sonepat for about three semesters before joining NALSAR as faculty in January, 2014. He has taught courses on Contract Law, Criminal Law, Property Law, Legal Methods, Liberal Equality and Comparative Constitutional Law.
Akriti graduated with a Bachelor in Policy Science LL.B (Hons.) from National Law University, Jodhpur in 2015. Prior to joining Vidhi, she interned at the Planning Commission of India where she assisted the High Level Committee on Infrastructure Finance; the National Human Rights Commission and Chambers of Mr. Soli J. Sorabjee. She has also led student policy research groups in making recommendations to the Parliamentary Standing Committee and concerned ministries on Insurance laws and the Road Transport and Safety law. Her main areas of research at law school were in the field of corporate law, food law, arbitration and constitutional law. At Vidhi she is a Research Fellow in the Education Initiative.
Shruti is a Research Fellow at the Education Initiative. Previously, she was a fellow at Teach for India where she taught grades 5 and 6 at a government school in Delhi for two years. She graduated with a B.A. (Hons) Economics from Hindu College, University of Delhi in 2011 and completed her Masters in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University in 2013.
Law Reform and Social Change
Neha graduated with a B.A.LLB (Hons.) from National Law School of India University, Bangalore in 2008 and did her Masters in Criminal Justice from the University of Kent, Canterbury in 2010. She was empanelled as a Legal Aid Lawyer in the Juvenile Justice Board in Mumbai from 2012-2013. She worked at the National Law University, Delhi for two years, where she was the Deputy Director of the Death Penalty Research Project and taught Legal History and Human Rights. At Vidhi, she is a Senior Resident Fellow, heading the Law Reform and Social Change Initiative.
Kaushiki is an Associate Fellow in the Law Reform and Social Change Initiative at Vidhi. She also consults with the Kamonohashi Project, a Japan-based NGO working on human trafficking issues. Till January 2016, she was a Senior Analyst at the Bharti Institute of Public Policy at ISB's Mohali campus where she led research projects commissioned by UNDP, UNICEF and the World Bank. She has worked as a senior researcher at PRS Legislative Research and was engaged as a Short-Term Independent Consultant with the World Bank in 2012 to prepare a report on the regulatory challenges of private engineering institutes in India. Kaushiki has an MA in Political Science and a PhD in International Relations from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Arpita graduated with a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the Centre for Criminology (Faculty of Law), University of Oxford. She has previously completed her undergraduate studies in Sociology from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi. Her research interests include transnational crimes and youth justice in post-conflict societies. At Vidhi, she is a Research Fellow with the Law Reform and Social Change Initiative.
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Board of Directors
Mr. Sumit Bose
Former Finance Secretary, Government of India
Professor Govindraj Hegde
Associate Professor, NLSIU, Bangalore
Mr. Uday Shankar
CEO, Star India
Ms. Ireena Vittal
Strategic Business Advisor
Consulting Editor, India Today
Partner, Clarus Law Associates
Executive Partner, Changemakers Program, Ashoka
Founder, IDIA and SpicyIP
Partner, Khaitan & Co.
Associate Professor of Law,
University of Minnesota Law School
Contributing Editor, Law and Other Things
Advocate, Supreme Court of India
Partner, AZB & Partners
Partner, JSA, Advocates and Solicitors
Lekha Sridhar, Candidate for the Masters in Public Policy, University of Oxford
Nandan Kamath, Proprietor, The Law Offices of Nandan Kamath, Bangalore
Navruz Vakil, Associate, AZB & Partners, Mumbai
Nikhil Kanekal, Journalist, The Deccan Herald, Bangalore
Poornima Hatti, Partner, Samvad Partners
Raadhika Gupta, Consultant, National Skill Development Agency
Rishikesh Ram Bhandary, Candidate of the PhD. in International Relations, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Rohan Paul, Co-founder, Assistive Technologies Group, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
Rukmini Das, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Law, University of Geneva
Ryan Goss, Assistant Professor, Australian National University, Canberra
Saurabh Bhattacharjee, Associate Professor, NUJS Kolkata
Sebastian Ko, Lawyer, admitted in Hong Kong and New York
Shaishavi Kadakia, Director and Co-Founder, Legatax Online Info Private Limited
Sidharth Chauhan, Assistant Professor, NALSAR University of Law
Sowmya Kumar, LLM, University College London
Sowjhanya Shankaran, Associate, S&R Associates
Subramanian Natarajan, Senior Legal Counsel, Global Banking and Markets at HSBC, Hong Kong
Udayarkar Rangarajan, Advocate, Madras High Court
Varun Hallikeri, Infrastructure Consultant, Washington DC
Vrinda Bhandari, Advocate, High Court of Delhi
Yashna Shrawani, LLM, Columbia Law School
Zoheb Hossain, Advocate, Supreme Court of India
Abhishek Bhattacharya, Associate, Centre for Civil Society
Adarsh Varghese, LL.M., Harvard Law School
Aditi Dani, Advocate, Supreme Court of India
Aditi Singh, Associate Consultant, Dalberg Global Development Advisors
Ajar Rab, Senior Associate, Rab & Rab Advocates and Solicitors, Dehradun
Amanda Gilbertson, Anthropologist with Auckland City Council
Amba Salelkar, Fellow, Inclusive Planet Centre for Disability Law and Policy
Amol Verma, Resident, Internal Medicine, Canada
Aniruddha Jairam, Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Politics, University of Pennsylvania
Anirudh Krishnan, Advocate, Madras High Court
Anjali Anchayil, LLM, University of Cambridge
Anisha Gopi, LLM Candidate, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Anisha Sharma, Candidate for the D.Phil in Economics, University of Oxford
Aarthi Rajan, Advocate, Supreme Court of India
Aryaman Bhatnagar, Associate Fellow, Observer Research Foundation
Ashrita Prasad Kotha, Senior Research Associate, Jindal Global Law School
BN Suchindran, Advocate, Madras High Court
Chintan Chandrachud, PhD Candidate, University of Cambridge
Devanik Saha, Monitor Inclusive Markets
Gautam Bhatia, LLM Candidate, Yale Law School
Jeet Shroff, LLM, Harvard Law School
John Feddersen, CEO, Aurora Energy Research
Krishnaprasad KV, Candidate for the D.Phil. in Law, University of Oxford
Leah Verghese, SIPA Candidate, Columbia University