Sudhir Krishnaswamy
Krishnaswamy in 2023
Born (1975-06-03) June 3, 1975 (age 48)
Alma materNational Law School of India University, University of Oxford
SpouseJayna Kothari
AwardsInfosys Prize

Sudhir Krishnaswamy (born 1975) is an Indian academic, administrator, and civil society activist who is currently the Vice-Chancellor of the National Law School of India University (NLSIU)[1] and is a co-founder of the not-for-profit research trust Centre for Law and Policy Research (CLPR).[2] Krishnaswamy took over as VC of NLSIU from R. Venkata Rao in September 2019.[3][4] Krishnaswamy is the first alumnus of NLSIU to be appointed as the VC of the institution.[5] On 6 May 2020, Facebook appointed him to its content oversight board.[6] He was awarded the Infosys Prize 2022 in the Humanities category, for his insightful understanding of the Indian Constitution.

Background and Education

Krishnaswamy was born on 3 June 1975 in Bangalore, India.Being an alumnus of St. Joseph's Boys' High School, he also graduated from the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore with a B.A. LL.B. Subsequently, he read for the BCL at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.[7] He further obtained a D.Phil. from the same institution in 2008.[1] Krishnaswamy has been a Teaching Fellow in Law at the Pembroke College at the University of Oxford, an assistant professor at NLSIU and a professor at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences.[2] He was head of School of Public Policy and Governance at Azim Premji University Bengaluru.[citation needed]

Krishnaswamy has also worked in the Prime Minister's Committee on Infrastructure and the Kasturirangan Committee on Governance of Bangalore.[8] He has authored a book titled ‘Democracy and Constitutionalism in India’ which was published by the Oxford University Press in 2009.[9]





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  4. ^ "Sudhir Krishnaswamy Appointed VC of NLSIU". Deccan Herald. 26 September 2019.
  5. ^ Law schools. "Prof Sudhir K finally takes charge of his alma mater, NLSIU Bangalore as CJI ends appointment saga - Legally India - News for Lawyers". Legally India. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  6. ^ "Facebook is spending $130 million to create a 'Supreme Court' that can overrule Mark Zuckerberg — here are its first 20 members". Business Insider. 6 May 2020. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  7. ^ "Rhodes Scholar Database".
  8. ^ "People | Sudhir Krishnaswamy | the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University".
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  10. ^ Democracy and Constitutionalism in India: A Study of the Basic Structure Doctrine. Oxford University Press. 27 January 2011. ISBN 9780199081455.
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