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 
Office Fax: (65) 6779-0979 
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)

Singapore Legal System (current)

The Contemporary Indian Legal System (current)

Comparative Constitutional Law (current)

Introduction to Legal Theory (current)

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. 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. In 2007, he undertook stints as Visiting Professor twice, and taught intensive courses on constitutional theory and Indian constitutionalism at the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata and at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. His current research projects include a book project on a contextual analysis of the Indian constitution, and two co-authored journal articles on public interest/human rights lawyering in India and Singapore.

Representative Publications

1. 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)

2. "Judiciaries as crucial actors in Southern regulatory systems: A case study of Indian Telecom Regulation" 6 (3) Regulation and Governance (2012) (published online in May 2012) (with Piyush Joshi).

3. "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).

4. "Echoes of Through the Looking Glass: Comparing Judicial Reforms in Singapore and India" in Gerald McAlinn and Caslav Pejovic (eds.), Law and Development in Asia (Routledge: 2012) (with Michael Ewing-Chow).

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

6. In Pursuit of the Common Illumination of our House: Trans-judicial Influence and the Origins of PIL jurisprudence in South Asia, 2 Indian Journal of Constitutional Law 67-103 (2008).

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