Prof. Deborshi Barat

Assistant Professor

B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) (WBNUJS, Kolkata);
LL.M. (Harvard University);
Ph.D. candidate (Tufts University)

Prof. Deborshi completed his M.A. in Law & Diplomacy (MALD), specializing in International Negotiation & Conflict Resolution, and International Political Economy; as well as his LL.M. in International Law, focusing on International Business & Economic Laws, and International Organizations, from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University, where he is at present a PhD candidate. He received the William L. Blue and Joan R. Blue Scholarship, and the Alfred P. Rubin Prize (awarded by the Law Faculty to the ‘Outstanding Student of International Law’) at Fletcher. His current research areas include Political Systems & Theories, and Law & Development, while his proposed doctoral dissertation deals with the Judicialization of Politics and Judicial Policymaking.

During his PhD, Deborshi worked at AQUILAW as a Senior Associate involved in Corporate Advisory, Trade Law, Data Protection, and Government/Public Policy. He serves as Trade & Economy Advisor at Intueri Consulting LLP, and as Legal Counsel with the Strategic Advocacy of Human Rights (SAHR). In the past, he has taught Law & Public Policy at NUJS, and International Law at Tufts University. He also took classes on American Politics at Tufts, and was involved with courses across several departments, including Sociology of Race & Ethnicity, Globalization & Social Change (in the School of Arts & Sciences); Comparative Politics (in the Political Science Department); Debates in Economic and Political Relations (under the aegis of the Horizon Academic Research Program, New York); and International Investment Law, International Arbitration, Negotiating International Leadership (at Fletcher). His additional collaborations in Boston have included the Tavitian Scholars Program in Public Policy, the International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Program with MWI, the Judicial Leadership Project by the National Center for State Courts at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, amicus briefs for cases before the CEDAW Committee, and work with Transparency International for the Harvard Law and International Development Society. Previously, after his primary law degree from NUJS, he worked at the New Delhi offices of S&R Associates, engaged in Capital Markets, M&A, General Corporate, and Dispute Resolution.                       

Deborshi’s other areas of interest include theatre, writing (fiction), and debating; he regularly acts in English-language productions across the country, and published his debut novel, The Hunter of Pigeons, with Partridge, a Penguin-Random House venture. He has represented his affiliate institutions in debates/moots over the years, including in Lahore, Boston, and Krzyżowa (Poland).

Published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, wrote or edited over twenty books, among them: Emotions in International Politics (Cambridge UP 2016); Ethical Values and Integrity of the Climate Change Regime (Ashgate 2015); Spoiler Groups and UN Peacekeeping (Routledge 2015); Access to International Justice (Routledge 2015); Security Council as Global Legislator (Routledge 2014); International Rule of Law and Professional Ethics (Ashgate 2014); Legality and Legitimacy in Global Affairs (Oxford UP 2012); Norms of Protection: Responsibility to Protect and Protection of Civilians (UNU Press 2012); After Oppression: Transitional Justice in Latin America and Eastern Europe (UNU Press 2012); Blood and Borders (UNU Press 2011); Human Rights Regimes in the Americas (UNU Press 2010); World Religions and Norms of War (UNU Press 2009); International Criminal Accountability and Children’s Rights (Cambridge UP 2006).