Professor (Dr.) Jayanth Krishnan

Professor (Dr.) Jayanth Krishnan

Milt and Judi Stewart Professor of Law
Director Milt and Judi Stewart Center on the Global Legal Profession
Indiana University

Jayanth Krishnan is the Milt and Judi Stewart Professor of Law at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and the director of the Milt and Judi Stewart Center on the Global Legal Profession. He teaches courses on property, the legal profession/legal ethics, comparative law, and immigration. In 2015, he received the Law School’s highest teaching honor, the Leon Wallace Teaching Award, and in 2012, he earned the Indiana University Trustees’ Teaching Award. He was named director of Indiana Law’s Center on the Global Legal Profession in 2014.

Krishnan is a socio-legal researcher who focuses on the legal profession, law and globalization, access to justice, and legal education. Much of his work has examined how these areas intersect in India, but he has also written on the ways these issues operate in places such as Anglophonic Africa, Brazil, the Middle East, and other parts of Asia. His work has appeared in both highly reputed law reviews and peer-reviewed journals and in academic press books.

As director of the Milt and Judi Stewart Center on the Global Legal Profession, his activities include:

  • Serving as project director for a $261,000 Ford Foundation study on the lower courts in India (2010-2014). In this capacity, he led a research team composed of three Indian organizations: National Centre for Advocacy Studies (NCAS), Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), and Jagori Grameen (JG), assessing economic and social-rights claims of litigants. (The NCAS was the recipient of the Ford grant, and CSJ and JG were sub-grantees.)
  • Publishing and frequently speaking on India’s legal profession and legal system
  • Fundraising for Indiana University’s Milton Stewart Fellows internship program, which places first- and second-year law students in various legal professions sectors in different countries, including India
  • Coordinating with the O.P. Jindal Global University (Haryana, India) on joint conferences, research projects, and student exchanges
  • Serving as affiliated researcher and Indiana University representative on Harvard Law School’s Globalization, Law, and Emerging Economies Program (2010 – ); and
  • Working with academics and lawyers in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, China, Ghana, Nigeria, Taiwan, and Western Europe interested in research and business projects in India.

Krishnan was also co-director of the Law School’s Center for Law, Society, and Culture from 2011-2014. In October 2017 he was named the Milt and Judi Stewart Professor of Law.

In addition to having a law degree from Ohio State University, Krishnan holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to coming to Bloomington, Krishnan was a Professor of Law at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he received the Teacher of the Year award for the 2003-2004 academic year. He has also served as a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Iowa’s College of Law, as the British Academy Visiting Professor at the Centre for South Asian Studies at the University of Edinburgh, and as a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University’s College of Law.