C. Raj Kumar on His Life in Academia
Professor C. Raj Kumar is spearheading the initiative to establish India’s first global law school known as the Jindal Global Law School as a part of the proposed O.P. Jindal Global University to be located outside New Delhi (Sonipat, Haryana) and less than an hour from the Supreme Court of India in the heart of New Delhi. He was a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, UK, where he obtained his Bachelor of Civil Law degree; a Landon Gammon Fellow at the Harvard Law School, where he obtained his Master of Laws degree, and a James Souverine Gallo Memorial Scholar at the Harvard University. He also obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Delhi, India; and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Loyola College of the University of Madras, India. Professor Kumar has held consultancy assignments in the field of human rights and governance. He is Consultant to the National Human Rights Commission in India. He has been a Consultant to the United Nations University, Tokyo; United Nations Development Programme; and the International Council for Human Rights Policy, Geneva. He has advised the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption in Sri Lanka and the National Human Rights Commission in India on issues relating to corruption and good governance.Professor Kumar’s areas of specialization, include, human rights and development, corruption and governance, law and disaster management, comparative constitutional law and legal education. He has more than hundred publications to his credit and has published widely in journals and law reviews in Australia, Hong Kong, India, Japan and the U.S. His three co-edited books are Human Rights and Development: Law, Policy and Governance, Tsunami and Disaster Management: Law and Governance, and Human Rights, Justice and Constitutional Empowerment.
Question: What is your background?
Kumarj: Well, just … I’ve completed my basic law studies from the Faculty of Law of Delhi University, and then I was working at the National Human Rights Commission in India for a year, after which I got the Rhodes Scholarship to go to Oxford. I did my Masters in Law at the University College Oxford, after which I got admission to the Harvard Law School where I completed my LL. M., and I briefly worked at a New York law firm for a year, after which I decided to move into [Academia]. I was a Visiting Fellow at NYU Law School after that, and then I did some teaching and research in Japan, after which around, in… from middle of 2002 onwards, I have been in Hong Kong for the last, over 5 years. And that was, that’s my, essentially my academic background.
C. Raj Kumar discusses his academic background.
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