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Anuj Bhuwania

Dr. Anuj Bhuwania

Associate Professor


Associate Professor , School of Law, Governance and Citizenship


  • M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Department of Anthropology, Columbia University
  • LL.M., School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
  • B.A., LL.B. (Hons.), National Law School of India University, Bangalore

Past Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, South Asian University, New Delhi.
  • Visiting Professor, Centre for Modern Indian Studies, University of Gottingen, Germany
  • Associate Professor, Jindal Global University, Sonepat.
  • Visiting Associate Fellow, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi.
  • Visiting Fellow, Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi,
  • Advocate, Law Chambers of Nitya Ramakrishnan and Ashok Agrwaal, New Delhi.


  • DAAD Visiting Professor, Centre for Modern Indian Studies, University of Gottingen, Germany, Winter Semester 2015/16
  • Fellow, Institute for Global Law and Policy, Harvard Law School, January 2015, Doha, Qatar.
  • National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship for Law and Social Sciences, 2008-09
  • Junior Research Fellowship, American Institute for Indian Studies, 2008
  • Scheps Research Fellowship, Columbia University, 2004-07
  • Faculty Fellowship (five year full fellowship), Columbia University. 2003
  • Felix Scholarship (For Masters Study), University of London. 2001
  • British Chevening Human Rights Scholarship (declined).2001



Courting the People: Public Interest Litigation in Post-Emergency India, Cambridge University Press, New Delhi, Series: South Asia in The Social Sciences, 2016


  • “The case that felled a city: Examining the politics of Public Interest Litigation through one case,” SAMAJ: South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal, 2018, Issue 17
  • “Public Interest Litigation as a Slum Demolition Machine,” Projections: MIT Journal of Planning 12 (2016): 67-97.
  • “Courting the people: The rise of Public Interest Litigation in post-emergency India,” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, 2014, Volume 34, No. 2: 314-335
  • “Black Friday: Mediation and the Impossibility of Justice,” Centre for the Study of Law and Governance Working Paper Series, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi,2012
  • “‘Very Wicked Children’: ‘Indian torture’ and the Madras Torture Commission Report of 1855”, Sur: International Journal on Human Rights, June 2009, Issue 10: 7-26.

“The ‘law’ of the police,” The Sarai Reader: The Frontier, 2008: 134-143.

Book reviews and non-academic publications

  • “P.N.Bhagwati’s legacy: A controversial inheritence,”The Hindu, 27 June 2017.
  • “The Making of a Legislative Court,” The Hindu, 3 December 2016.
  • “Why hasn’t caste disappeared yet?” Books and Ideas, June 2, 2016, (A review of Surinder Jodhka, Caste in Contemporary India, Routledge, 2015.)
  • “Media and the Accused,” Indian Express, 12 March 2015, NewDelhi
  • Book review of 'Punjab: A History from Aurangzeb to Mountbatten' by Rajmohan Gandhi. Sunday Guardian, 1st Feb 2014
  • “An excuse for arbitrary rule,” New Indian Express, 31 December, 2008. (About the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act, 2008)
  • “The Pool of Talent,” Tehelka, Vol. 5, Issue 39, Dated Oct 04, 2008.
  • “Pulling in the wrong direction,” Time Out Delhi, Vol. 1, Issue 7, July 13-26, 2007. (Aboutthe ban on cycle-rickshaws on the orders of Delhi High Court)
  • “Half-baked Idea,” Time Out Delhi, Vol. 1, Issue 2, April 20-May 3, 2007. (About the ban on selling of cooked food by street vendors, on the orders of the Supreme Court)
  • “The State’s Emissary,” Biblio, September-October, 2005, Vol. X, Nos. 9 & 10, p. 32. (A review of SARAI Reader 5: Bare Acts, an edited volume of interdisciplinary writings on law)