Rajeev Dhawan

Rajeev Dhawan is one of India’s foremost jurists.  An advocate of the Supreme Court of India, a human rights activist, a Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists, an author, an academician and a columnist – a mixture of these credentials, Mr. Dhawan’s has been an illustrious career. Mr. Dhawan studied law at the University of Allahabbad, before going on to study at University of Cambridge and London University. He has taught at Queen's University Belfast, the University of West London, the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the University of Texas at Austin. He is an Honorary Professor at the Indian Law Institute.Dhavan is an advocate of the Supreme Court of India. He runs the Public Interest Legal Support and Research Centre, which tries to make youth aware of constitutional and legal subjects. Dhavan was elected to the International Commission of Jurists in 1998, and was a member of the Executive Committee between 2003 and 2007, and from 2009. He was appointed chairperson of the Executive Committee in 2009.Mr. Rajeev Dhawan is a keen advocate of civil liberties and respect for international law. He has published extensively in various newspapers, including inter alia, The Indian Express and DNA. He published his views on the recent 'Lokpal' movement in DNA in an article titled "The Lokpal Debate: It is not a 'Jan' bill but an NGO venture'. In support of freedom of press, Mr. Dhavan published in 2008 "Publish and be Damned: Censorship and Intolerance in India." ( Tulika Books. p. 312.)Mr. Dhavann has been publishing papers since several years, one of the earliest of them being Juristic Techniques in the Supreme Court of India 1950-1971 in Some Selected Areas of Public and Personal Law. p. 1454.