Dr. S. Shantha Kumar

Dean Academics & Dean
School of Law


GD Goenka School of Law
Faculty in Spotlight
  • School

    School of Law
  • Educational qualifications

    Ph.D. M.L (Master of Laws) B.L.(Bachelor of Laws)
  • Work experience

    Prof. 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 mantra

    Education is a lifelong journey with no shortcuts. Make use of every opportunity and situation [good, bad and ugly] to learn.
  • Interest & hobbies

    I 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 talent

    My chicken biryani has often been called brag-worthy
  • One thing I am really proud of

    My kids
  • My dream

    As 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 most

    Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Ilayaraja and Rajnikanth
  • What I like about working at G D Goenka

    The work culture, delightful staff,campus and the food.