Atharva Sontakke

Atharva Sontakke

Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean (International Collaborations)

B.Sc. LL.B. (Hons.) (Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar);

LL.M. (The London School of Economics and Political Science, UK)


Atharva is currently an Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean at Jindal Global Law School. He completed his LL.M. from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2018 where he took courses at the Department of Law and Department of Philosophy, Logic, and Scientific Method. He completed his undergraduate degree at Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar in 2017 with First Class.

Atharva’s current teaching and research interests include areas of constitutional law and theory, law and religion, ethics and regulation of emerging technologies, moral and political philosophy, and intellectual property law.

Articles/Book Chapters:

  • ‘Right to Health and Access to Patented Medicines: Toward Constitutionalisation of IPR’ in International Journal of Legal Studies and Research, Issue 1 Vol. 4, 2015 (ISSN No. O-2278- 4764).
  • ‘Is a Judicial Appointments Commission violative of the Basic Structure of the Constitution of India?’ in International Journal of Law and Policy Review, Issue 1 Vol.4, 2015 (ISSN No. O-2278- 3156).
  • ‘Scope of Rights of Broadcasting Organisations under Copyright Act, 1957’ in RGNUL Student Law Review, Issue 1 Vol.1, 2014 (ISSN No.2349-8285).
  • “Republic of Religion: The Rise and Fall of Colonial Secularism in India” by Abhinav Chandrachud (Penguin 2020), South Asia Research, Issue 41(1) February 2021.
  • “Independence and Accountability of the Indian Higher Judiciary” by Arghya Sengupta (CUP 2019), Contemporary South Asia, Issue 28 (4) November 2020.
  • Participated in the South Asian Research Colloquium on Constitutional Law 2021-22 organized by Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai in collaboration with the Centre for Asian Legal Studies, Faculty of Law, National University Singapore, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and Indian Law Institute, New Delhi. 
  • Presented an extended abstract titled ‘Constitutional (Identity) Crisis? Transformative Constitutionalism and the Search for Autochthony in India’ at the Global Constitutionalism Scholars’ Workshop, July 2021 organized by Global Constitutionalism journal and University of Southampton, UK.
  • Presented a paper titled, ‘Confidentiality and Trade Secrets in the Cloud: How far protected?’ at Consilience 2013-14, Conference on ‘Legal Issues Pertaining to Cloud Computing’, National Law School of India University, Bengaluru (NLSIU) in December 2013.
  • Presented a paper titled ‘Access Denied’: Analyzing the race between law and technology in enforcing copyright on the Internet’, at the 2nd Annual National Conference of Contemporary Legal Scholarship-2013, Symbiosis Law School, Pune in October 2013.

Core Courses:

  • Constitutional Law II
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Interpretation of Statutes