Prof. Pritam Baruah

Associate Professor & Executive Director- Centre on Public Law and Jurisprudence

B.A.B.L. (Hons.) (NALSAR, Hyderabad);
B.C.L. (University of Oxford);
Ph.D. candidate (University College London)

Prof. Pritam Baruah is Associate Professor of Law at Jindal Global Law School. His research and teaching interests are in Legal Philosophy, Constitutional Law, and Constitutional Theory. His current work involves examining how constitutional courts employ moral values such as dignity, liberty and democracy in decision-making. From 2008-2010 Pritam was Assistant Professor of Law at the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata and has held visiting professorships in constitutional law at the University of Ottawa and the China University of Political Science and Law.

 He has conducted research for the Justice MM Poonchi Commission on Centre-State Relations, and the Justice DP Wadhwa Commission on the Public Distribution System. From 2010-13 he was a teaching fellow in jurisprudence while he was a commonwealth doctoral scholar at University College London, and was a founding convener of the UCL Legal Philosophy Forum. Prior to joining academics he was a practising lawyer at the Supreme Court of India and was also a member of the Supreme Court appointed Central Vigilance Commission on the Public Distribution System. As an advocate, he has appeared before the Supreme Court of India and The Delhi High Court; and has assisted senior counsel in matters before the Supreme Court of India and various High Courts across India. He received his legal education at NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad; University of Oxford (Felix Scholar); and University College London (Commonwealth Doctoral Scholar).

  • Pritam Baruah & Zaid Deva, ‘Justifying Privacy: The Indian Supreme Court’s Comparative Analysis’, Indian Yearbook of Comparative Law (Forthcoming, 2018).   
  • Pritam Baruah, ‘Are there any interpretive concepts?’ in V. Rodriguez, S. Khurshid, and L. Malik (eds) ‘Dignity in the Legal and Political Philosophy of Ronald Dworkin’ (Oxford University Press 2018)
  • Pritam Baruah, ‘Human Rights Theory and Sustainable Development’ (Indian Journal of Law and Society, forthcoming).
  • ‘Human Dignity in Adjudication: The Limits of Placeholding and Essential Contestability Accounts’, (2014) 27 Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 329.
  • Book Review: Kai Möller, ‘The Global Model of Constitutional Rights’, (2013) 76 Modern Law Review 1162. (4000 words).
  • Pritam Baruah & Nicolas Martin Rouleau, ‘Pluralism from Below: Building Constitutional Pluralism from Value Pluralism’, in P. Ishwara Bhat (ed.) Constitutionalism and Constitutional Pluralism (Lexis Nexis, 2013) 
  • ‘Democracy, Representation, and Self-Rule in the Indian Constitution’, Verfassung und Recht in Übersee VRÜ/Law and Politics in Africa, Asia and Latin America 44 (2011).
  • ‘Logic and Coherence in Naz Foundation: The Arguments of Non-Discrimination, Privacy, and Dignity’, (2009) 3 NUJS L. Rev 504.
  • Book Review: Mahendra P Singh (ed.) VN Shukla’s Constitution of India (11th Edition), (2009) 2 NUJS L. Rev. 351.
  • Book Review: Kamala Sankaran and Ujjwal Kumar Singh (ed.), Legal Literacy: An Introduction to Law in India, (2008) 1 NUJS L. Rev. 379. 
  • Geetanjali Swamy, Pritam Baruah & Saurabh Bhattacharjee, ‘The Embarrassment of Poverty- A Critique of State Power and Responsibility’ (2005) 1 Nalsar Student Law Review 1.


Work in progress:

  • Reasoning with values: Interpretive Concepts and the Problem of Content in Dworkin’s Value Holism
  • Status-Based Accounts of Dignity: Interpretive Circularity
  • Comparing Democracy in India and The EU
  • Privacy and Liberty in the Indian Supreme Court: A Skeptical View