Dr. Sudhir Krishnaswamy

Managing Trustee

Sudhir is a co-founder of CLPR, and a partner at Ashira Law. He is currently a faculty member at the Azim Premji University. He was also the Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Visiting Professor of Indian Constitutional Law at Columbia Law School.

He graduated from the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore (B.A. LL.B). He read the BCL and obtained a D.Phil. from Oxford University. He has been a Teaching Fellow in Law at the Pembroke College at Oxford University, an Assistant Professor at NLSIU and a Professor at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata.

In the past, Sudhir has also worked in the Prime Minister’s Committee on Infrastructure and the Kasturirangan Committee on Governance of Bangalore. He has authored a book titled ‘Democracy and Constitutionalism in India’ which was published by the Oxford University Press in 2009.

His main areas of interest are constitutional law, legal education, legal theory, intellectual property law and administrative law.



Re-Imagining Bail Decision Making: An analysis of Bail Practice in Karnataka & Recommendations for Reform

March 30, 2020

The study titled ‘Reimaging Bail Decision Making’ looks at bail decision making in trial courts in three districts in Karnataka – Bengaluru, Dharwad and Tumakuru. The research focuses on the courts, which are the primary site at which decisions on granting bail are made, to understand what guides the grant or non-grant of bail and what are the factors which decide whether bail is likely to be granted or not. These include the statutory basis for the offence, the nature of offence, its classification as bailable or non-bailable, the punishment prescribed and effective legal representation by lawyers.

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Is the Indian Constitution Liberal?

July 3, 2019

In this essay, Prof. Sudhir Krishnaswamy asks if liberalism is a key value embedded in India’s Constitution. He shows that it was not keenly discussed in the constitution making process or integrated in Supreme Court decisions. Moreover, a brief summary of debates in comparative constitutional design confirms that liberalism is rarely expressly embedded in a constitutional text.

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ThePrint asks: CJI Gogoi’s no leave formula for judges: Fighting backlog in courts or mere rhetoric?

October 12, 2018

Sudhir Krishnaswamy argues that the no leave policy for judges is a partial and incomplete way to understand delay and congestion in the court system. He puts forth three ways in which this problem could be tackled.

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CADIndia website

July 1, 2015

The Constitutional and Civic Citizenship Project seeks to enhance public awareness and critical engagement with…

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Prof. Moog’s Talk on Consumer Courts and Access to Justice

June 13, 2013

On 5th of June, 2013, Robert Moog  presented a paper titled “India’s Consumer Forums: Access and Justice for…

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Free Speech or Public Interest Regulation: Framing the debate on Internet Governance

December 14, 2012

The internet governance caravan has merrily travelled from Baku to Dubai this week. However, the…

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