Dr. S. Shantha KumarDean Academics & Dean
School of Law
GD Goenka School of Law
Faculty in Spotlight
SchoolSchool of Law
Educational qualificationsPh.D. M.L (Master of Laws) B.L.(Bachelor of Laws)
Work experienceProf. Dr. S. Shantha Kumar is Dean, Academics and Dean, School of Law at G.D Goenka University. He has previously worked as the Dean of three other law schools across North India and faculty member of National Law University, Raipur & Government Law Colleges at Chennai and Madurai. Before joining the legal academia he had practiced at the Madras High Court for seven years as a legal practitioner. He is an active member of the Global Law Deans Forum.
His areas of specialization are Environmental Law, Human Rights Law, International Law, and International Trade Law. He has authored books on Environmental Law and Human Rights Law. He has published a number of research articles on various contemporary legal issues in various reputed national and international journals and edited volumes.
Recently, he was awarded the Environmental Law Champions Development Award by the Asian Development Bank.
He had his training on teaching law at the National Law School, Bangalore under a World Bank Funded Project and at the Cardiff Law School, Cardiff, Wales, U.K. under a British Council funded Project. He has been involved in training Law Teachers on Law Teaching and Legal Research at various Universities in India as part of the British Council Funded Project. He has visited premier Universities across the globe to understand the best practices in legal education. He has been a very active member of the International Association of Law Schools, U.S.A.
My education mantraEducation is a lifelong journey with no shortcuts. Make use of every opportunity and situation [good, bad and ugly] to learn.
Interest & hobbiesI find great joy in the smaller things in life. Nothing makes me happier than spending time with my kids and cooking for and with them. If I manage to find some free time in the day, I like to watch episodes of Boston Legal/ Castle / Criminal Minds / How to get away with murder?
A hidden talentMy chicken biryani has often been called brag-worthy
One thing I am really proud ofMy kids
My dreamAs Dean of Academics and Law, I am living my dream. I can only hope to continue to perform my best to become the Academic Head of a University.
A book that really inspired me“We the People” and “We the Nation” by Nani A. Palkhivala; and “Due Process of Law” by Lord Denning.
The person I admire the mostDr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Ilayaraja and Rajnikanth
What I like about working at G D GoenkaThe work culture, delightful staff,campus and the food.