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Arun K. Thiruvengadam

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Arun Thiruvengadam is a Professor of Law at the School of Policy and Governance, Azim Premji University, Bangalore, India. He 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 practiced law for approximately two years before the High Courts of Madras and Delhi and the Supreme Court of India, before commencing graduate studies in 1999. He has held research and teaching assistant positions at the National Law School (1999-2001) and New York University School of Law (2003-05). He was successively appointed a Visiting Fellow (2005-07) and an Assistant Professor of Law (2007-15) at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore. He joined the School of Policy and Governance at Azim Premji University in June 2015 as an Associate Professor, before being promoted to his current position in October 2017.

His primary areas of research and teaching are Indian Constitutional law, Comparative constitutional law, regulatory policy and law, law and development and welfare rights. He is a founding editor (and currently the co-General Editor) of the Indian Law Review (Taylor and Francis, UK). He also serves as an editor with the Asian Journal of Comparative Law (Cambridge UK) and World Comparative Law (Nomos, Germany).

He has authored a book on the Constitution of India that has been reviewed widely, and is used as a prescribed text in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in law and the social sciences across India. He has co-edited five other books. He has also published several journal articles, book chapters, newspaper and newsmagazine articles and blogposts

He is an active reviewer for journal articles and book manuscripts for leading journals and academic publishers in his fields of research. He has delivered public lectures at universities, research institutions, think tanks, and public events for fostering constitutional literacy within India and abroad; participated in a training programme for High Court Judges at the National Judicial Academy, Bhopal; secured competitive research grants individually and in collaboration with partners at leading Universities for projects that have resulted in published books; been a member of selection boards for scholarship committees to fund higher studies at the national and international levels; supervised dissertations at the Master’s and Doctorate level for candidates in several institutions; and presented his ongoing research at workshops and conferences at leading Universities within India and around the world. His academic writing has been cited by the Supreme Court of India, and by academics within India and beyond. (For details, please see his full CV, linked below).

He has kept up an active teaching role as a visiting faculty at several Universities. In the recent past, he has taught courses, in a visiting capacity, at the following institutions: the University of Zurich, Switzerland (June 2020); the Central European University, Budapest/Vienna (June 2016, June 2017, June 2019, May 2020); the School of Law, City University of Hong Kong (Sep 2017, Sep 2019); the University of Trento, Italy (May 2013, May 2019) and the WB National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (June 2007, July 2011 and June 2013). In November 2019, he was appointed the James Merralls Fellow at the University of Melbourne Faculty of Law, as part of which he delivered two public lectures in Melbourne and Sydney. He has earlier taught as a Distinguished Faculty at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, Canada.

Academic Qualifications
  • JSD (Doctorate in Law), School of Law, New York University, 2007.
  • LL.M (Global Public Service Law), School of Law, New York University, 2002.
  • LL.M (Public Law and Policy Choice), National Law School of India University, Bangalore, 2001
  • B.A, LL.B (Hons), National Law School of India University, Bangalore, 1995
Courses taught at APU
  • Comparative Public Law (Core, LL.M)
  • Welfare Rights in India (Elective, cross-listed)
  • Constitutional Foundations of State Institutions in India (Core, MPG)
  • Law and Governance (Core, MA Dev)
  • Law and Development (Core, LL.M)
Areas of research interest

Indian constitutional and administrative law, Comparative constitutional theory and law, Law and Development, Law and Politics in South Asia, Legal theory, History and practice of legal education.

Select Recent Publications


Edited Books

Journal Articles

Evaluating Bruce Ackerman’s ‘Pathways to Constitutionalism’ and India as an exemplar of ‘revolutionary constitutionalism on a human scale’, Vol 17 (2) International Journal of Constitutional Law (I.CON) 2019, 682-89, pp. 9.

Book Review: ‘Unstable Constitutionalism: Law and Politics in South Asia (Mark Tushnet and Madhav Khosla, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2015), Public Law (2018, Issue 2), pp. 367-73, pp. 9.

Book Chapters:

‘The Intertwining of liberalism and illiberalism in the Indian Constitutional Tradition’ in Andras Sajo, Stephen Holmes and Renata Uitz (eds), The Routledge Handbook of Illiberalism (forthcoming 2021), pp. __.

‘India’s Constitutional Founding: An enduring but mixed legacy’ in Constitutional Foundings in South Asia (Kevin Tan and Ridwanul Hoque, eds, Hart Publishing UK, forthcoming 2021), pp. 1-41.

‘Constitutional Change, Basic Structure and Constitutional Politics: Insights from the Indian experience’ in Henning Glaser (ed.), Identity and Change – The Basic Structure in Asian Constitutional Orders (German Southeast Asian Centre for Public Policy and Governance: Bangkok, forthcoming 2021), pp. 1-21.

Newspaper articles/op-eds

Are courts encroaching on the powers of the executive? (January 22, 2021). The Hindu Parley column


“The Hindu Parley podcast: “ Are courts encroaching on the powers of the executive” (Discussion with Anuj Bhuwania, 43 minutes)”


‘Constitutional Faith or Constitutional Idolatry?: Insights from recent mass protests in India’ (January 26, 2021) blogpost on the IACL-AIDC blog’s symposium on ‘Constitutional Idolatry, Literacy and Identity’ hosted between January 07-28, 2021.

Public Talks

‘The Making of the Indian Constitution: A focus on process and methods’, Invited lecture delivered at the workshop on ‘The Idea of the Indian Constitution’ (Chapter 2) organized by History for Peace between February 7-9, 2020. (Transcript published online on February 27, 2021).

Click here for Arun Thiruvengadam’s CV (last updated: Dec 2020) and here for his SSRN page where some of his publications are freely accessible.

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