What drew you to the law?
My family has been long engaged in socially conscious activities right from the freedom movement in India, to politics and abolition of the caste system. I view law and the legal system as a key element to appreciate the various themes that structure any society. When I was in college, the Dunkel draft and issues therefrom dominated the discussions in India. It attracted me to trade, intellectual property and related issues of which I continue to be a student.
What do you enjoy most about teaching?
The ability to engage and be engaged in turn is the most exciting element of teaching. The process of transforming a normal mind into a legal mind is challenging and satisfying at the same time. While the general pedagogical objective is to train students to think like a lawyer, I strive to help each student attain their maximum potential in order to serve their clients well.
What do you hope students gain from your courses?
I hope that my students will go beyond the boundaries of my knowledge.
What did you do prior to entering academia?
I worked with a large law firm in India, in-housed at two of the largest Indian multinationals (Wipro & the TATA Group) and also worked as a legal counsel/consultant for a sports agent of a top cricketer in India.
What are you passionate about outside of the law?
My family and Zumba. My children remain my source of enlightenment. I learn from them every day.
What are your research interests?
My research focuses on the interplay between international trade law and intellectual property issues with a developmental perspective. I focus on issues that affect developing nations from embracing the trade regime.