Prof. Sandeep Suresh

Prof. Sandeep Suresh

Associate Professor

BA (Hons) LLB (Business Law Hons) (NLU, Jodhpur);

LLM in Comparative Constitutional Law (CEU, Budapest);

PhD Candidate (JGLS)


Apart from serving as a law teacher, Sandeep is currently a doctoral candidate at Jindal Global Law School (JGLS). He pursued LLB from NLU, Jodhpur (2015). Later, he was awarded the Master’s Excellence Scholarship to earn his LLM from CEU, Budapest (2017). In the Fall term at CEU, he won the best academic performance award as well as finished the course ranking only second in his batch. Besides, he wrote his LLM Short Thesis on the idea of voting as a duty-right which received the highest grade.

Before travelling to Budapest, Sandeep worked as a Litigation and Research Associate at the Centre for Law and Policy Research, Bangalore (2015). There, he assisted senior lawyers in litigations before the High Court, district civil courts and consumer forums apart from advising clients about constitutional and legal issues pertaining to the Karnataka Preservation of Trees Act 1976 and the Biological Diversity Act 2002. Besides, he worked on several research projects concerning prosecution and trial of sexual offences, disability rights, right to education, and Constituent Assembly debates. After this stint, Sandeep briefly served as a Research Consultant with Daksh, Bangalore (2016). In this capacity, he worked on projects relating to access to justice and judicial administration and pendency issues.

Now as a law teacher at JGLS, Sandeep teaches courses within the domain of public law like electoral democracy, comparative public law, legal methods and judicial process, and criminal procedure. As a teacher, he believes in improving accessibility of teachers be it by providing sufficient time for meeting students outside the class hours and facilitating other opportunities to address their clarifications. Towards that goal of improving students’ access to clearer explanations of the law, Sandeep produces video essays on his YouTube channel (since Jan 2020). Presently, his channel hosts more than 20 such video essays explaining the finer nuances of relevant legal issues for the benefit of students even outside JGLS.

Beyond his primary teaching responsibilities, Sandeep has served the JGLS administration largely throughout his tenure. In the past he was the Assistant Dean in the Office of Student Affairs & Initiatives (2021-22), Assistant Dean in the Academic Affairs Office (2020-21), Assistant Director of JGLS Legal Aid Clinic (2019-21), and Faculty Coordinator of international collaborations (2018-19) of JGLS. At the Legal Aid Clinic, he worked with the clinic members to help victims of crimes in the local vicinity to approach the Police and file FIRs, strategized prison reform initiatives and RTI applications to hold authorities accountable with respect to implementation of the right to education.

  • Constitutional law
  • Equality law
  • Standards of judicial review
  • Electoral laws and politics
  • Criminal procedure
  • Civic duties
  • Judicial remedies and processes

Core Courses

  • Comparative Public Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Legal Methods
  • Contract Law – I
  • Tort Law

Elective Courses

  • Electoral Democracy & The Constitution
  • Constitutional Law in India and China (co-taught)
  • DAAD Scholarship of 3475 Euros to pursue a visiting research fellowship (2 months) at Humboldt University (Law Faculty) (Nov – Dec 2023)
  • Master’s Excellence Scholarship (including stipend), CEU (2016-17)
  • Research Award for the Best Academic Performance in the fall term, CEU (Dec 2016)
  • Certified Grade-B Mediator (Commercial), Indian Institute of Arbitration and Mediation (since Nov 2014)

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

  • Arnab Goswami and Others: The Discontents of Adjudicating Criminal Procedure under Article 32 (2022) 15 (3-4) NUJS Law Review 239. (co-authored with Aashna Gupta)

Book Chapters

  • Judicial Activism in India: Is it against the flow of Democracy?, in Democracy in India: Current Debates & Emerging Challenges (L. Lobo and J. Shah (eds.), Primus Books 2017
  • International Experiences in Judicial Administration, in State of the Indian Judiciary: A Report by Daksh (H. Narasappa and S. Vidyasagar (eds.), Eastern Book Company 2016)

Book Reviews

  • Gautam Bhatia, The Transformative Constitution: A Radical Biography in Nine Acts (Harper Collins 2019) in 18 (2) International Journal of Constitutional Law (2020), 668-672
  • Sadaf Aziz, The Constitution of Pakistan: A Contextual Analysis (Hart Publishing 2018) in International Journal of Constitutional Law’s blog – I.CONnect (Sept 2018)
  • Tarunabh Khaitan, A Theory of Discrimination Law (Oxford University Press 2015) in 11 (1) Vienna Journal on International Constitutional Law (2017), 163-168

Conference Presentations

  • Arbitrariness = Inequality in Indian Constitutional Law: A conceptually wrong equation created using the Rule of Law framework, International Association of Constitutional (IACL) Roundtable on ‘The Principle of Equality: New and Old Challenges’, University of Siena, Italy (June 2023)
  • Accountability of Democratic Institutions since Independence, International Seminar on Seven Decades of the Indian Constitution, Cochin University of Science & Technology (Mar 2020)

Invited Lectures/Resource Person

  • On how Ambedkar and the Constituent Assembly consciously failed to secure India’s electoral democracy, Durham Law School’s Centre for Indian Law and Policy (Feb 2024)
  • Constitution Day lecture titled Role of the Constitution in Nation Building, Marine Products Export Devt. Authority, Cochin (Nov 2022)
  • Teaching Constitutional Law and Career in Academia, World Wise – an online legal education platform (June 2021)
  • Indian Supreme Court’s Role in Ensuring Transparency of Political Parties, IMS-GSL Insight Lecture Series (Feb 2021)
  • Introduction to French Constitutional Law for Indian Lawyers, Lawctopus Online Law School (120+ participants) (Nov 2020)
  • Chaired a Panel of student-paper presentations on Justice under the Constitution, International Seminar on Seven Decades of the Indian Constitution, Cochin University of Science & Technology (Mar 2020)
  • Citizenship Amendment Act 2019: A Basic Explainer, for secondary school students of Bhavan’s Vidya Mandir, Elamakkara (Jan 2020)
  • Gun control in the United States and the II Amendment, NLU Jodhpur Constitutional Law Guest Lecture Series (Mar 2018)
  • Constitutionalisation of Tort Law in India and Bangladesh, Dept of Law, Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka, Bangladesh (Feb 2018)

Workshops Organised (select)

  • Criminal Procedure (Identification) Act 2022 and its Discontents, Seminar for undergraduate law students, JGLS (Apr 2022)
  • CrPC and UAPA: Bail Law and Safoora Zargar, Webinar for law students in India (June 2020)
  • Analysis of the law on internet shutdowns in light of the Anuradha Bhasin judgment, 1st Session, Constitutional Law Reading Group at JGLS (Feb 2020)
  • Two-day Certified Mediation Training Seminar, Legal Aid Clinic of JGLS in association with Mediation, Arbitration and Conciliation Solutions (April 2019)
  • Awareness and Training Programme on Cyber Security, Cyber Crimes & Electronic Evidence, Legal Aid Clinic of JGLS in association with Haryana State Legal Services Authority (April 2019)

Editorial and Consultancy Projects

  • Proposition Drafter, 15th NALSAR Justice BR Sawhny Memorial Moot Court Competition (Oct 2022)
  • Judge (oral rounds), 14th NALSAR Justice BR Sawhny Memorial Moot Court Competition (Oct 2021)
  • Principal Organiser and Judge, 1st ECI Annual National Essay Competition, Election Commission of India and JGLS (Aug 2021 – Apr 22)
  • Peer Reviewer, Volume 29, Asia Pacific Law Review (June 2021)
  • Peer Reviewer, Volume 16(1) Socio-Legal Review (NLSIU, Bangalore) (Mar 2020)
  • Peer Reviewer, Volume 13, NALSAR Student Law Review (Sept 2018)
  • Judge, 1st Intra-University Judgment Writing Competition at NLU Jodhpur (July 2018)
  • Prepared training materials regarding functioning of fast-track courts, Karnataka Judicial Academy (Sept 2015)