Prof. (Dr.) James J. Nedumpara has more than two decades of experience in the field of international economic law. Currently he is on leave from Jindal Global Law School to head the Centre for Trade and Investment Law (CTIL), a think tank and advisory centre established by the Government of India at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT). In this capacity he advises the Government on various aspects relating to international trade and investment law. James has worked with leading law firms, corporate firms and also UNCTAD’s India programme before joining academia. He was also part of the Indian delegation that appeared in the recent proceedings on India – Agricultural Products (Avian Influenza dispute) before the WTO Appellate Body.
James has taught courses in international trade law as a visiting faculty at FGV Law School, São Paolo, Brazil, ITAM Mexico City, UNSW Sydney, Australia, NLSIU, Bangalore, NUJS Kolkatta and the CWS-WTI Joint Summer Academy. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Development Studies (CDS) Trivandrum. James has also served visiting fellowships in several leading law schools.
James received his Ph.D. in Law from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore and holds graduate degrees in Law from the University of Cambridge, UK, the New York University School of Law, USA and the National University of Singapore. He took his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala. James is a recipient of the Cambridge Commonwealth Scholarship and has also served an internship at the Legal Affairs Division of the WTO.
James also played a key role in introducing a Legal Studies as a subject in the CBSE curriculum in India and was the Convener of the Group of Legal Studies. He is a Co-Chair of the South Asia International Economic Law Network (SAIELN) and an academic supervisor of the TradeLab project.