Areas of Interest: Jurisprudence, Constitutional Law, Cyber-Law, Human Rights, Law and Religion
Abhik gained his first degree in law from the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore. He followed it with a thesis-track LLM from the National University of Singapore (NUS), where he did research in jurisprudence and legal theory. He has also worked extensively on areas like constitutional law, intellectual property and international trade law. Prior to joining NUS, he was associated with several research bodies, NGOs, law firms, and even a music archive as legal officer for a project partnered with the Smithsonian Institution.Abhik’s main research interests relate to jurisprudence and legal theory. His LLM dissertation explored the capacity of positivistic accounts to generate comprehensive accounts of legal phenomena. Abhik has also worked on other aspects of jurisprudence, such as the relationship between rights and teleology, and the validity of Hohfeldian matrices.Abhik’s involvement with non-theoretical aspects of law extends to constitutional law, administrative law, law and religion, and cyber-law. He is presently conducting research in several areas including law and AI, personal laws, and sedition. In the past, his involvement extended to the right to die, the theory of terrorism law, and WTO law.Law and legal theory aside, Abhik also admits to a deep involvement with Indian classical music. His publications on the topic include Bhimsen Joshi: A Passion for Music (Rupa & Co., 2004) and numerous book and concert reviews.
Conferences/ Workshops/ Training Programs Organized or Attended:
2010 – ‘Cow Protection and the Constituent Assembly’ (paper presented at the second LASSnet Conference, Pune, 30 December 2010). 2009 – ‘Terrorism, Civil Society, and the Schmittian Compromise’ (paper presented at the ‘Societies under Seige’ Conference, Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey, 28 April 2009).
2007 – ‘Laws concerning Prostitution and Human Trafficking’ (paper presented at the National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW), Delhi, 16 February 2007).
2006 – ‘Education and Indian Law: An Overview’ (paper presented in conjunction with the National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW), at the Indian Social Forum, Delhi, 11 November 2006).
2001 – ‘Copyright in Sound Recordings’ (with A K Bansal) (paper presented at the National Seminar on Copyright Law, Delhi University, 16 September 2001).
2010 – ‘Learning from the India-EC GSP Dispute: The Issues and the Process’ (with Biswajit Dhar) in Ricardo Melédez-Ortiz and Gregory Shaffer (eds.), WTO Dispute Settlement: The Developing Country Experience, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) p. 174.
2010 – ‘Legal Positivism: Bridging the General and the Particular’ in Shashi Motilal (ed.), Applied Ethics and Human Rights: Conceptual Analysis and Contextual Applications (Delhi: Anthem Press India) p. 33.
2008 – Book Review of Emergencies and the Limits of Legality by Victor V. Ramraj, ed., Singapore Yearbook of International Law, vol. 12, p. 355.
2005 – ‘Computer Software and Patent Protection: A Conceptual Study’, study prepared for the Centre for WTO Studies, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), New Delhi.
2004 – ‘The Right to Die: The Indian Experience’, Australian Journal of Asian Law, vol. 6, no. 2, p. 157.
2004 – ‘Right to Education as a Fundamental Right’, Contemporary India: Journal of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, vol. 3, no. 1, p. 121.