PhD, National Law University Odisha (NLUO), Cuttack – 2017
LLM, National University of Singapore (NUS) – 2009
BA LLB, National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore – 1999
UGC NET – 2012
Positivist Legal Theory; Jurisprudence of Rights; Ancient Indian Legal Theory; Jurisprudence of Emergencies and Terrorism; Law and Literature; Law and Artificial Intelligence; Indian Legal History; Law and Religion; Law and Agriculture
Research Methodology (LLM); Administrative Law; Criminal Procedure; Interpretation of Statutes; IT Law; Jurisprudence; Law of Agriculture; Law of Contracts; Law of Emergencies and Terrorism; Legal Methods.
Abhik gained his first degree in law from the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore. He followed it up with a thesis-track LLM from the National University of Singapore (NUS); and then a PhD from the National Law University Odisha (NLUO), Cuttack. 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 principal research interests concern jurisprudence and legal theory. His PhD thesis engages with Hohfeld’s schema of jural correlatives, and its conceptual and heuristic utility. And his LLM dissertation examines Hart’s legal positivism and whether it sustains its descriptive goals. He has also worked on other aspects of legal theory, including the jurisprudence of the ancient legal treatise Kauṭilya’s Arthaśāstra.
His involvement with non-theoretical aspects of law extends to the law of sedition; law and religion; WTO law; the law of agriculture; and the theory of terrorism law. He has published in several prestigious international journals such as the Journal of Indian Philosophy; South Asian History and Culture; and the Australian Journal of Asian 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.
2017 – ‘Exploring the Non-Deontic in Ancient Indian Legal Theory: A Hohfeldian Reassessment of Kauṭilya’s Arthaśāstra’, 45 Journal of Indian Philosophy 513.
2017 – ‘Codification of Islamic Law in South Asia, or How Not to Do Comparative Law’, South Asian History and Culture (forthcoming – accepted for publication).
2016 – ‘Book Review: S Shetreet, HE Chodosh, Uniform Civil Code for India: Proposed Blueprint for Scholarly Discourse‘, 6 KIIT Journal of Law and Society 209.
2008 – ‘Book Review: VV Ramraj ed, Emergencies and the Limits of Legality‘, 12 Singapore Yearbook of International Law 355.
2004 – ‘The Right to Die: The Indian Experience’, 6 Australian Journal of Asian Law 157.
2004 – ‘Right to Education as a Fundamental Right’, 3 Contemporary India: Journal of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library 121.
2010 – ‘Learning from the India-EC GSP Dispute: The Issues and the Process’ (with Biswajit Dhar) in Ricardo Melédez-Ortiz, Gregory Shaffer (eds), WTO Dispute Settlement: The Developing Country Experience (Cambridge University Press).
2010 – ‘Legal Positivism: Bridging the General and the Particular’ in Shashi Motilal (ed), Applied Ethics and Human Rights: Conceptual Analysis and Contextual Applications (Anthem Press India).
UGC e-PG Pathshala Modules (2015)
‘Hart’s Conception of Law’ [Paper: Advanced Jurisprudence; Subject: Law (LLM)]
‘Hart and his Critics’ [Paper: Advanced Jurisprudence; Subject: Law (LLM)]
‘Positivism after Hart’ UGC e-Pg Pathshala Module [Paper: Advanced Jurisprudence; Subject: Law (LLM)]
‘Sedition and Other Offences Relating to State’ [Paper: Substantive Criminal Law; Subject: Law (LLM)]
‘Cyber Crime’ [Paper: Substantive Criminal Law; Subject: Law (LLM)]
‘Law and Religion’ [Paper: Philosophy of Religion; Subject: Philosophy (MA)]
Conference and Seminar Presentations (Representative List):
2017 – ‘Cyber Crime’ (paper presented at Seminar on Digitalisation and Cyber Law, organised by the Institute of Self Reliance (ISR) in conjunction with National Law University Odisha (NLUO), NLUO Campus, Cuttack, 11 April 2017).
2016 – ‘Siting Pristine Islamic Law within Contemporary Legal Frameworks: A Comparative Overview of Codification Strategies’ (paper presented at the International Conference on ‘Religion and Law: Colonial and Postcolonial Encounters’, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi, 10 March 2016).
2015 – ‘Legal Framework on Climate Change’ (paper presented at Workshop on Climate Change and Agriculture, National Law University Odisha (NLUO), Cuttack, 15 April 2015).
2015 – ‘Law of Seeds’ (paper presented at Capacity Building Workshop on Law and Agriculture, National Law University Odisha (NLUO), Cuttack, 15 February 2015).
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).