Assistant Professor

JSD, LL.M. (New York University School of Law), LL.M., B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) (National Law School, Bangalore)

Email Address:
Office Tel: (65) 6516-3586 
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Office Address

Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
Eu Tong Sen Building
469G Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259776
Research Interests

Comparative Constitutional Law and Theory
Public Law in India
Constitutional Theory
Comparative Regulatory /Administrative Law
Law and Development
Legal Education

Subjects Taught

Public Law (Singapore) (2006-08)
Singapore Legal System (2006-14)
The Contemporary Indian Legal System (2006-present)
Comparative Constitutional Law (2008-present)
Introduction to Legal Theory (2008-present)
Law and Politics in South Asia (2014-present)

Brief Biodata

Arun Thiruvengadam obtained his formal legal education from the National Law School, Bangalore (B.A., LL.B (Hons.), 1995; LL.M, 2001) and New York University School of Law (LL.M, 2002, J.S.D., 2007). After completing his undergraduate education in 1995, he served as a law clerk to Chief Justice A.M. Ahmadi at the Supreme Court of India for eighteen months, till March 1997. Between 1997 and 1999, he practiced in the fields of administrative, constitutional and commercial law before the High Court of Delhi and the Supreme Court of India. He has been a Research and Teaching Fellow at the National Law School (1999-2001), and at the Global Public Service Law Project at NYU School of Law (2003-05).

He joined NUS in May 2005 as a Visiting Fellow, and was appointed an Assistant Professor in January 2007. He has taught in a visiting capacity at the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, India (Visiting Professor, 2007, 2013), the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Canada (Distinguished Visitor, 2007) and the University of Trento Faculty of Law, Italy (Visiting Professor, 2013).

His current research projects include a book project on a contextual analysis of Indian constitutionalism. Some of his published work is available in full at his SSRN Author Page

Representative Publications

1. 'Swallowing a Bitter PIL?: Reflections on Progressive Strategies for Public Interest Litigation in India' in Mayur Suresh and Siddharth Narrain (eds.), The Shifting Scales of Justice: The Supreme Court in Neoliberal India (Orient Blackswan: 2014), pp. 120-138.

2. 'Social Justice Lawyering and the meaning of Indian Constitutionalism: A case study of the Alternative Law Forum', Wisconsin International Law Journal, Vol. 31, No. 3, Fall 2013, pp. 525-565 (with Arvind Narrain)

3. 'Of Absences, Masks and Exceptions: Cause Lawyering in Singapore', Wisconsin International Law Journal, Vol. 31, No. 3, Fall 2013, pp. 646-671 (with Jothie Rajah)

4. Comparative Constitutionalism in South Asia (Oxford University Press: New Delhi, 2013) (co-edited with Sunil Khilnani and Vikram Raghavan) (individual chapter and co-authored introduction)

5. 'Constitutionalism and Impoverishment: A complex dynamic' in Michel Rosenfeld and Andras Sajo (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Constitutional Law (Oxford: 2012) (with Gedion Hessebon).

6. Emergency Powers in Asia (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 2010) (co-edited with Victor V. Ramraj) (co-authored introduction and individual chapter).

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