Prof. (Dr.) Faizan Mustafa is a senior law teacher and renowned jurist of constitutional law, who is presently working as the Vice-Chancellor of NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad which is country’s leading National Law University and has emerged as the most sought after destination of legal education in the entire South Asia. He is currently holding the post of President of the prestigious Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (SICI), which was incorporated in Canada in 1968 and is bi-national organization of Canadian and Indian governments. He is also the President of Consortium of National Law Universities. He is the recipient of both Commonwealth Scholarship as well as Fulbright. He was conferred the SAARC’s Best Law Teacher Award in 2014. He is also the member of General Council of Association of Indian Universities (AIU).
Earlier, he was the Founder Vice-Chancellor of National Law University, Orissa where he had put to use the concept of ‘integration of knowledge’ and introduced highly innovative legal education curricula. He integrated B.A.LL.B with BBA.LL.B and allowed students of one stream to take courses of the other stream. For the first time in India he introduced the specialization of Legal Journalism at NLUO. He is the Advisor to National Law School & Judicial Academy, Assam. He is known for his institution building abilities and democratic leadership. He is also visiting faculty to several reputed institutions in India and abroad.
As Founder Director of KIIT Law School, Bhubaneshwar, he experimented with a novel B.Sc. LL.B course with six papers in Biotechnology and three in Environmental Science to cater the needs of patent lawyering.
Prior to that he was the Dean, Faculty of Law, Aligarh Muslim University where he introduced courses like IPR Law, Human Rights Law and Tourism Laws. He also served with distinction as Registrar of Aligarh Muslim University. Aligarh Muslim University is listed in the Indian Constitution as an ‘institution of national importance’ and its Law School is consistently ranked among the top ten Law Schools of the country.
He has written eight books and contributed more than 150 articles. Supreme Court of India has also quoted him. Recently also in the Sabarimala Judgement, his research paper was quoted by the Supreme Court. His articles have also been quoted in several other countries. He has been a contributor to the famous Encyclopedia of Legal History published by the Oxford University Press, United States of America.
Prof. Mustafa always picked up challenging and unexplored areas for his research and publications. He campaigned for the enactment of Right to Information Act as he had written two books on this new subject way back in 1996 and 2003. He had also worked in the new area of Copyright Law and was awarded Ph.D. in the Intellectual Property Law in 1996. He has also written a book on Religious Conversion Law. India’s only book on ‘Strict Liability in Criminal Law’ was written by him in 1991. Health Care Law is another area on which not much has been written in India but he had written a book on “Aids, Law and Human Rights” in 1998. The HIV Act was recently passed in 2017. He has also written a book on the dismissal of state governments by the centre under Article 356. He has been consistently writing on the controversial issue of Retention of Death Penalty in India. In one of his articles on Mandatory Death Sentence, he has demonstrated that in spite of Supreme Court of India holding mandatory death sentence as unconstitutional there are number of Statutes which continue to provide for mandatory death penalty. He had written a research paper on the need of recognizing ‘Domestic Work’ as work in 1995. It was only in 2012 that Ministry of Social Welfare, Government of India agreed to bring a Bill on this issue though the Bill was not eventually passed. He has also written on Data Protection Laws and compared laws of 44 countries as early as 2003. India still does not have a separate Data Protection Act which is the need of the hour in digital India. He has also written papers on Muslim Law to demonstrate that Muslim Personal Law is neither ‘law’ nor ‘sacred’ and many of its features are at variance with Islamic Law. He regularly writes in the national dailies on current issues and his articles appear in all leading newspapers of the country.
He is the Member of several Governing Councils (Courts), Executive Councils and Academic Councils of various Universities. He is the nominee of Chief Justice of India to several Councils and Committees. He is also Visitor’s nominee in number of universities. He has also been the Member of search committees for the appointment of the Vice-Chancellors.
M.A., M.Phil. & Ph.D. - Jawaharlal Nehru University, NET-UGC
Prof. (Dr.) Maheshwar Singh has been teaching Political and International Relations Theory from over a decade. He has been teaching at National Law University, Delhi since 2009. He has researched extensively in the area of tribal self-rule and decentralisation in India. Prof. Singh is actively collaborating with an international research and advocacy network called Human Rights Integration and leading a socio-legal research on Right to Water for Urban Poor in Delhi. He holds a Ph.D diplomacy and International security from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Prof. (Dr.) Singh is associated as a visiting scholar to the Law and Development Research Group, University of Antwerp, Belgium.
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JUSTICE (DR.) AAFTAB HUSSAIN SAIKIA
Justice (Dr.) Aaftab Hussain Saikia was enrolled as an Advocate with Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh on 9.8.1974 and since then practiced in Civil, Criminal, Constitutional, Service and allied matters for 26 years at the Gauhati High Court and its other outlying Benches in the North East including the Subordinate Courts. He was Government Advocate and Additional Public Prosecutor, State of Assam from 1983 to 1986. He serverd as the Additional Central Government Standing Counsel in 1991-1994 at the Gauhati High Court, was the Standing Counsel, Guwahati Municipal Corporation in 1996 and Legal Adviser, Pollution Control Board, Assam since 1991 till his elevation as High Court Judge in 2000. He was associated with J.B. Law College, Guwahati under the Gauhati University as a Lecturer from 1977-1991 and as the Principal therein in 1991. He was Member, North East Bar Council since 1983 and Vice-Chairman therein during 1996-1998. He is a permanent member, Indian Law Institute, New Delhi. He was designated as Senior Advocate on 3.6.1999. He was appointed as Permanent Judge of the Gauhati High Court on 15.11.2000 and stationed at the Principal Seat at Guwahati. He was elevated as Chief Justice, High Court of Sikkim on 07.03.2009. He was awarded Ph.D in Law by the Gauhati University in December, 2009 on the theme “Protection of Education and Cultural Rights of the Minorities under the Constitution of India – An Analytical Study” thereby becoming the first sitting Judge or Chief Justice to obtain Ph.D within the Country while in office. He retired as the Chief Justice of the High Court of Jammu & Kashmir on April, 6, 2011. Presently Dr. Justice Saikia is serving as the Chairperson, Assam Human Rights Commission.
JUSTICE B. K. SHARMA (Retd.)
Justice Biplab Kumar Sharma is a senior advocate practising at the Supreme Court of India.
Justice Biplab Kumar Sharma was enrolled as an Advocate with Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh in September 1977 and since then practiced primarily in Civil, Constitutional, Service and allied matters at the Gauhati High Court and its other outlying Benches in the North East including the subordinate courts. He has served as the Standing Counsel for the Indian Railways both at the Central Administrative Tribunal as also the Gauhati High Court. He has also served as a special counsel for the State Bank of India and Bongaigaon Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd. He has been associated with Gauhati Law Times, a monthly law journal as its sole Advisor since 1995.
Justice Sharma was designated as Senior Advocate in the year 1999. He was elevated as a Judge of the Gauhati High Court on December 02, 2003 and demitted office on January 31, 2016.
Lenorra Crilov [formerly Lenorra D'Coutho] is a Senior Lecturer and Program Development Advisor at Narxoz University, Kazakhastan. Having completed her bachelor's in law (specialization in Business Laws), she was awarded a top merit-based scholarship at the Pennsylvania State University's Penn State Law, USA, to pursue her Master's in Public Interest Laws.
Lenorra D'Coutho is an advocate for women and child rights, refugee rights and LGBTQ+ rights, and endeavours to work fervently towards their empowerment.
Mr. Himangshu Ranjan Nath is an Assistant Professor of Law at the National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam. Before joining NLUJAA he has worked as Assistant Professor of Law at the Centre for Juridical Studies, Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh, Assam and at NERIM Law College, Guwahati, Assam.
Mr. Nath is pursuing his Ph.D. from the Department of Law, Gauhati University.
Mr. Nath is currently engaged in teaching Constitutional Law papers both at the graduate and post-graduate levels. Mr. Nath is also a frequent visitor to the Assam Administrative Staff College, Guwahati as a resource person for the training of Class I and Class II officers of the Government of Assam, Meghalaya and Mizoram.