Professor Dabiru Sridhar Patnaik is an international lawyer by training. His research interests are International and Humanitarian Legal Studies, Comparative Law, Philosophy of Law, Globalization and Legal Education. His current research inter alia is focused on Legal Aspects of Humanitarian Affairs, Contemporary Ideas of State Sovereignty and Protection of Human Rights, Cultural Commons, Work of the International Law Commission, Law of Treaties, Human Security Approaches to Post-Conflict Peace Building, Globalism in Action and Legal Education. He is the founding Director of the Centre for Post Graduate Legal Studies at the Jindal Global Law School. Professor Patnaik teaches courses on Research Methods and Legal Writing (LLM), Comparative Public Law (LLM), Law and Justice in a Globalizing World (LLM) and Seminar on Globalization and International Law. Professor Patnaik is also the Executive Director of the Centre for South Asian Legal Studies (CSALS). The objective of the Center for South Asian Legal Studies is to be a key focal point of research excellence in the region. Broadly the disciplinary interests of the Center include international law, comparative law, constitutional law, trade law, intellectual property right law, human rights law, environmental law, legal education and legal profession.
The CSALS coordinates and promotes activities relating to South Asia by conducting public lectures, conferences, research and scholarship with a multidisciplinary approach, and also facilitates scholarly exchanges among the JGU faculty members, students and visiting scholars with a specialization in South Asian studies. Currently, Professor Patnaik is serving as Member of the Executive Council of the Indian Society of International Law; Member of the Nomination Council (2012 onwards), Infosys Prize, Infosys Science Foundation and was Member of the Expert Group on ‘International Law of Humanitarian Action’ Project of the University of Groningen, The Netherlands and Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany. Professor is a Guest Faculty to the Ministry of External Affairs Foreign Service Institute; The Indian Academy of International Law and Diplomacy and the National Human Rights Commission in New Delhi. Sridhar is an avid nature lover and enjoys reading, blogging and traveling and an occasional columnist on International Law issues for The Indian Express and Hindustan Times.
- International Law and Responsibility to Protect: South Asian Perspective (2012), Published in Proceedings of the Second Doshisha-UNESCO Conference on Asian Perspectives on Humanitarian Intervention in the 21st Century, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan 2012.
- ‘Issues of State Sovereignity and Humanitarian Assistance and Work of the International Law Commission’ in Hans Joachim – Heintze and Andrej Zwitter (Ed.), ‘Emerging International Legal Dimensions of Humanitarian Aid (Springer: 2012) (Forthcoming).
- ‘Towards an International Legal Framework for the Protection of Individuals in the Event of Disasters: An Initial Inquiry’ in Hans Joachim-Heintze and Andrej Zwitter (Ed.), ‘International Law and Humanitarian Assistance’ (Springer Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011). ISBN: 978 -3- 642-16454-5.
- ‘Towards a ‘Cultural Commons’ Approach to International Cooperation in the Framework of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions’, Working paper No.19/2010, Centro Studi Silvia Santagata, International Centre for Research in the Economics of Culture, Institutions and Creativity(EBLA), Dipartimento di Economia “S.Cognetti de Martiis”, Universita di Torino, Italy.
- ‘Special Tribunal for Lebanon: Some Preliminary Reflections’, Indian Journal of International Law, vol.48 (2), 2008 pp.267-283.
- Richard Posner’s, ‘Overcoming Law’ (Universal, New Delhi: 2007, Indian Reprint),’ Originally Published by Harvard University Press, 1995, Indian Journal of International Law 2008, vol.48 (3), 2008 pp.508-510. (Book Review).
- Books Prepared for the ISIL – International Law: Issues and Challenges (Volumes I and II, ISIL, Hope India Pubs, New Delhi, 2009).
- Renewing the Conventions, 13 August 2009, The Indian Express, New Delhi.
- Epidemic sans frontiers, 24 June 2009, The Indian Express, New Delhi.
- Protect the Diaspora, 18 Dec 2008, Hindustan Times, New Delhi.
International / National Consultancies and Assignments
- Member of the Nomination Council (2012 onwards), Infosys Prize, Infosys Science Foundation.
- India Correspondent, Oxford Reports on International Law in Domestic Courts (2009 onwards).
- Member of the Expert Group on ‘International Law of Humanitarian Action’ Project of the University of Groningen, The Netherlands and Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany. This research project is a first attempt to compile a cross-cut over various areas of international and regional law concerning humanitarian aid. Presented a report on ‘Towards an International Legal Framework for the Protection of Individuals in the Event of Disasters: An Initial Inquiry’ at the First World Conference on Humanitarian Studies, held ar Groningen, The Netherlands from 4-7 February 2009.
- Research Associate for Indian Member of the International Law Commission (ILC) during the period 2008-2012.
- Member, Panel of Experts of the Post Graduate Diploma in International Humanitarian Law jointly organized by School of Law, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi and the ICRC Regional Delegation for South Asia, New Delhi, since 2010.
- Member, Panel of Experts of the Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law jointly organized by School of Law, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi and Centre for Environmental Law, WWF-India, New Delhi, since 2010.
- Member (Law, 2006-2009), Institutional Ethical Committee (IEC), Development Alternatives, New Delhi. Responsible for reviewing proposals of projects involving human subject investigation, under Indian Council for Medical Research’s “Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research on Human Subjects” and evaluate research proposals with the aim to safeguard the welfare and rights of participants.