Prof. Dabiru Sridhar Patnaik

Prof. Dabiru Sridhar Patnaik

Professor and Registrar of JGU

B.A. LL.B.(Andhra University);

M.Phil. (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi);

P.G.D.A. (University of Turin)


Professor Dabiru Sridhar Patnaik is a Professor of Law & Registrar of the O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU). He is also the Executive Director, Centre for South Asian Legal Studies at the Jindal Global Law School (JGLS), O.P. Jindal Global University. Prof Sridhar Patnaik is an alumnus of Andhra University, University of Hyderabad, Indian Academy of International Law and Diplomacy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and a consortium of Universities of Turin, Vienna, and Madrid.

As Registrar of the O.P. Jindal Global University, Prof. Sridhar Patnaik contributes to the development and implementation of academic and administrative strategies for the University to meet the aspirations of the University’s stakeholders. He is responsible for overseeing academic and administrative matters within the University and in providing a suitable direction in this regard. In his leadership, the University has grown significantly. He has immensely contributed to the establishment and development of new Schools, new Programmes, and expansion of the physical infrastructure, besides leading many aspects of governance and administration in relation to the growth and development of JGU as an Institution of Eminence, a coveted and distinct recognition accorded by the Ministry of Education, Government of India.

In addition to conducting teaching and research on areas of international law and comparative law, Prof Sridhar Patnaik consulted for the UNDP Kabul and the Ministry of External Affairs. He held number of prestigious fellowships by the UN, ILO, ICRC, Hague Academy of International Law, Social Science Research Council, New York in collaboration with Harvard, Columbia, and Tufts Universities in addition to a stint at the International Law Commission, UN Geneva; and serves as the member of editorial boards of eminent journals on International Law and International Humanitarian Law including being member of the Governing Councils of Delhi University Colleges. Prof. Sridhar Patnaik is an invited speaker/lecturer at Universities around the world and has published widely. He is also a visiting professor at the Indian Academy of International Law and Diplomacy and the Foreign Service Institute.

Representative Publications 

  • International Law and Responsibility to Protect: South Asian Perspective (2012), Published in Proceedings of the Second Doshisha-UNESCO Conference on Asian Perspectives on Humanitarian Intervention in the 21st Century, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan 2012.
  • ‘Issues of State Sovereignity and Humanitarian Assistance and Work of the International Law Commission’ in Hans Joachim – Heintze and Andrej Zwitter (Ed.), ‘Emerging International Legal Dimensions of Humanitarian Aid (Springer: 2012) (Forthcoming).
  • ‘Towards an International Legal Framework for the Protection of Individuals in the Event of Disasters: An Initial Inquiry’ in Hans Joachim-Heintze and Andrej Zwitter (Ed.), ‘International Law and Humanitarian Assistance’ (Springer Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011). ISBN: 978 -3- 642-16454-5.
  • ‘Towards a ‘Cultural Commons’ Approach to International Cooperation in the Framework of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions’, Working paper No.19/2010, Centro Studi Silvia Santagata, International Centre for Research in the Economics of Culture, Institutions and Creativity(EBLA), Dipartimento di Economia “S.Cognetti de Martiis”, Universita di Torino, Italy.
  • ‘Special Tribunal for Lebanon: Some Preliminary Reflections’, Indian Journal of International Law, vol.48 (2), 2008 pp.267-283.
  • Richard Posner’s, ‘Overcoming Law’ (Universal, New Delhi: 2007, Indian Reprint),’ Originally Published by Harvard University Press, 1995, Indian Journal of International Law 2008, vol.48 (3), 2008 pp.508-510. (Book Review).
  • Books Prepared for the ISIL – International Law: Issues and Challenges (Volumes I and II, ISIL, Hope India Pubs, New Delhi, 2009).
  • Renewing the Conventions, 13 August 2009, The Indian Express, New Delhi.
  • Epidemic sans frontiers, 24 June 2009, The Indian Express, New Delhi.
  • Protect the Diaspora, 18 Dec 2008, Hindustan Times, New Delhi.

International / National Consultancies and Assignments

  • Member of the Nomination Council (2012 onwards), Infosys Prize, Infosys Science Foundation.
  • India Correspondent, Oxford Reports on International Law in Domestic Courts (2009 onwards).
  • Member of the Expert Group on ‘International Law of Humanitarian Action’ Project of the University of Groningen, The Netherlands and Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany. This research project is a first attempt to compile a cross-cut over various areas of international and regional law concerning humanitarian aid. Presented a report on ‘Towards an International Legal Framework for the Protection of Individuals in the Event of Disasters: An Initial Inquiry’ at the First World Conference on Humanitarian Studies, held ar Groningen, The Netherlands from 4-7 February 2009.
  • Research Associate for Indian Member of the International Law Commission (ILC) during the period 2008-2012.
  • Member, Panel of Experts of the Post Graduate Diploma in International Humanitarian Law jointly organized by School of Law, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi and the ICRC Regional Delegation for South Asia, New Delhi, since 2010.
  • Member, Panel of Experts of the Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law jointly organized by School of Law, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi and Centre for Environmental Law, WWF-India, New Delhi, since 2010.
  • Member (Law, 2006-2009), Institutional Ethical Committee (IEC), Development Alternatives, New Delhi. Responsible for reviewing proposals of projects involving human subject investigation, under Indian Council for Medical Research’s “Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research on Human Subjects” and evaluate research proposals with the aim to safeguard the welfare and rights of participants.