Our Patrons

  • Professor (Dr.) V. Vijaykumar

Professor (Dr.) V. Vijayakumar is the present Vice Chancellor of the National Law Institute University, Bhopal. A former professor at NLSIU Bangalore. He specializesin Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Human Rights Law, and Refugee and Humanitarian Law.

Professor (Dr.) V. Vijayakumar obtained B.A. (Political Science, 1972), M.A. (Political Science, 1975), B.L. (1978), M.Phil. (Political Science, 1984), M.L. (International Law and Constitutional Law, 1986) and Ph.D. (International Law and Constitutional Law, 1996) all from the University of Madras and M.A. (Public Administration, 1984) from Sri Venkateshwara University, Tirupati. He holds the UNHCR Chair on Refugee Law since 1997.

Among his various accolades, the most prominent is the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship award received at the Salzburg Seminar in 1993. He has also published more than 35 articles in national and international journals and has contributed to a couple of books. Today, the Centre for Labour Laws stands as the best Centre in the Country, working for the sensitisation of Labour and Employment Law issues. It would be an understatement to say that this could not have been possible without the guidance, support and encouragement of our Patron Professor (Dr.) V. Vijayakumar.

We wish that he continuously blesses us with his constant guidance, support and encouragement in all our upcoming endeavours as well.

  • Professor (Dr.) Srikrishna Deva Rao

Professor (Dr.) Srikrishna Deva Rao is the Vice Chancellor of National Law University Delhi and an eminent teacher and scholar in criminal law and access to justice. He has previously been the Vice-Chancellor of National Law University Odisha (2014 – 2020), Registrar of National Law University Delhi (2010 – 2014), Founding Director of School of Law, IGNOU (2007 – 2010), and Dean of the Gujarat National Law University (2004 – 2007).

Professor Rao’s areas of specialisation are criminal law, juvenile justice, human rights and clinical legal education. In his over three decades-long academic career, in addition to NLU Delhi, NLU Odisha and GNLU, he has taught at NLSIU, NALSAR and the University of Delhi.

Professor Rao has been instrumental in institutionalizing legal aid and legal empowerment in India. The Land Rights Paralegal Programme of Andhra Pradesh state was an offshoot of his course on Legal Aid and Public Interest Litigation at NALSAR, Hyderabad in 2003. He developed a specialized Diploma in Paralegal Practice at Indira Gandhi National Open University in 2009 during his tenure as Director of the School of Law at New Delhi. He also initiated the Bachelor of Vocational program in Access to Justice at NLU Odisha. Professor Rao was also a Member of the Committee of National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) in 2018 to design the curriculum for four mandatory clinical courses.