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Dr. Ananth Padmanabhan


Dr. Ananth Padmanabhan


Dr. Ananth Padmanabhan is currently on leave of absence and pursuing a mid-career Masters in Management Science (MSx Sloan Fellow ’23) at the University of Stanford Graduate School of Business (expected graduation in June 2023). An expert in intellectual property rights and technology policy, Ananth is a non-resident senior fellow at the Institute for South Asian Studies, NUS. He has authored a leading treatise, Intellectual Property Rights: Infringement and Remedies (LexisNexis, 2012), and co-edited an important volume, India as a Pioneer of Innovation (OUP, 2017).

His co-authored chapter on Big Data in an impactful volume on Regulation in India: Design, Capacity, Performance (Hart Publishing, 2019), is part of a continuing initiative to examine the public law and regulatory dimensions of new technologies. It builds on his understanding of the Indian State and the Supreme Court within the constitutional context, explored through chapters in Rethinking Public Institutions in India (OUP, 2017), and the Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution (OUP, 2016). He engages in broader public conversations on the impact of technology through his opinion pieces in Hindustan Times, ThePrint, Livemint, Indian Express, and other print / new media.

Ananth holds masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, and completed his B.A LL.B (Hons.) from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore in 2007. He has formerly held leadership positions including founding dean of Sai University Law School and team lead for the technology and policy research vertical at Carnegie India. He takes pride in having created India’s first residential fellowship for lawyers, Daksha Fellowship, with its primary focus on technology law and policy.

Dr. Arputham is a lawyer and an academician with nearly four decades of experience in administration of higher educational institutions. He is an author and has several books and publications in Tamil and English to his credit. Previously, he was the Principal of Dr. Ambedkar Govt. Law College, Puducherry.

Dr. Arputham is actively involved in the development of higher educational institutions in Tamil Nadu. He has been instrumental in promoting moot court competitions, seminars, workshops and colloquia in the state. He has also helped organize the first all women’s moot court competition. Similarly, he also organized three moot court competitions for the benefit of Tamil-speaking students in Tamil Nadu.

To recognise his contribution to the development of “Satta Tamil” through the authorship of seven law books in the language, he was awarded the “Satta Nool Sirpi” by the Bangalore Tamil Sangam.

Dr. Arputham was the Chairman of the Board of Studies in Law (UG & PG), Puducherry University, as well as a member of the Academic Council of Puducherry, and the Tamil Law University, Puducherry.

Academic Qualifications
  • MSx Sloan Fellow, Business Administration, and Management, Stanford University Graduate School of Management, USA
  • SJD and LL.M, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, USA
  • B.A., LL.B (Hons.), National Law School of India University
Research Projects
Senior Research Fellow
Administrative and Legislative Aspects of Environmental Control in Western Ghats undertaken by University of Cochin, Kerala
“Satta Nool Sirpi”
Recognizing my contributions towards the development of Satta Tamil by authoring 7 Tamil Law Books, the Banglore Tamil Sangam awarded me with the title –  “Satta Nool Sirpi”
Books Authored
Tamil Books
  • நிர்வாக சட்டம்
  • ஒப்பந்த சட்டம் பொது கோட்பாடுகள்
  • சிறப்பு ஒப்பந்தங்கள்
  • தொழிலாளர் நலச்சட்டம்
  • வழக்கறிஞர் நெறிமுறைகள்
  • இலவச சட்ட உதவி
  • தகவல் அறியும் உரிமை சட்டம்

English Books

  • Administrative Law
  • General Principles of Law Contract
  • Special Contracts
  • Labour & Industrial Law
  • Professional Ethics
  • Legal Aid & Public interest Lawyering
  • Right to Information
Books Edited

Ambedkar and the Indian Constitution 

[Compilation of Articles from different Scholars like Dr. NR Madhava Menon]

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