Areas of Interest

Constitutionalism | Socio-legal studies | Federalism

Anuj Bhuwania is a professor of law and anthropology at Shiv Nadar University, Chennai. He has previously held teaching positions at Jindal Global Law School, Ambedkar University Delhi and South Asian University.

He was the 2021/22 recipient of the Smuts Visiting Research Fellowship at the University of Cambridge. He has been a senior fellow at the ‘Multiple Secularities’ Research Group in the University of Leipzig, at the Cluster of Excellence ‘Contestations of the Liberal Script’ (SCRIPTS) in Freie University and at the M.S. Merian – R. Tagore International Centre of Advanced Studies ‘Metamorphoses of the Political’ (ICAS:MP) in New Delhi. He has also held visiting fellowships at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University and at the Max Weber Kolleg in the University of Erfurt. He has served as DAAD Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law, Humboldt University and at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CEMIS), University of Göttingen.

Bhuwania is the author of ‘Courting the People: Public Interest Litigation in Post-Emergency India’ (Cambridge University Press). He was part of the editorial team of the journal ‘Critical Times’ (Duke University Press) from 2018-2022. He served as Dean of the School of Law, Governance and Citizenship at Ambedkar University Delhi from 2018-20.


Courting the People: Public Interest Litigation in Post-Emergency India, Cambridge University Press, 2017.

“The case that felled a city: Examining the politics of Public Interest Litigation through one case,” SAMAJ: South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal, 2018, Issue 17.

“Public Interest Litigation as a Slum Demolition Machine,” Projections: MIT Journal of Planning, 12 (2016): 67-97.

“Courting the people: The rise of Public Interest Litigation in post-emergency India,” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, 2014, Volume 34, No. 2: 314-335.

“Black Friday: Mediation and the Impossibility of Justice,” Centre for the Study of Law and Governance Working Paper Series, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 2012.

‘‘Very Wicked Children’: ‘Indian torture’ and the Madras Torture Commission Report of 1855”, Sur: International Journal on Human Rights, June 2009, Issue 10: 7-26.

“The ‘law’ of the police,” The Sarai Reader: The Frontier, 2008: 134-143.

“The Indian Supreme Court in the Modi era,” Blog post for the International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL-AIDC) Global Roundtable on ‘Democracy 2020: Assessing Constitutional Decay, Breakdown and Renewal Worldwide.’ 23 November 2020

“The Curious Absence of Law in Migrant Workers’ Cases,”, 16 June 2020.

“Why hasn’t caste disappeared yet?” Books and Ideas, June 2, 2016 (a review of Surinder Jodhka, Caste in Contemporary India, Routledge, 2015).

Book review of ‘Punjab: A History from Aurangzeb to Mountbatten’ by Rajmohan Gandhi. Sunday Guardian, 1 February 2014.

“The State’s Emissary,” Biblio, September-October, 2005, Vol. X, Nos. 9 & 10, p. 32 (a review of SARAI Reader 5: Bare Acts, an edited volume of interdisciplinary writings on law).

“Voice vote as constitutional subterfuge,” The Hindu, 22 February 2021.

“Farm laws order: Court should not step on legislative, executive turf,” Sunday Times of India, 16 January 2021.

“No country for Procedural Justice,” The Hindu, 2 January 2020.

“P.N. Bhagwati’s legacy: A controversial inheritance,” The Hindu, 27 June 2017.

“The Making of a Legislative Court,” The Hindu, 3 December 2016.

“Media and the Accused,” Indian Express, 12 March 2015.

“UAPA: An excuse for arbitrary rule,” New Indian Express, 31 December, 2008.

Awards & Recognitions

Follow up Fellowship, Max-Weber-Kolleg, University of Erfurt (April – July 2024)

Senior Research Fellow, ‘Multiple Secularities’ Research Group, University of Leipzig (January – March 2024)

Senior Visiting Fellow, Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Script” (SCRIPTS), Freie University, Berlin (January – December 2023)

Smuts Visiting Research Fellowship in Commonwealth Studies, University of Cambridge (July 2022 – December 2022)

Senior Fellow, M.S. Merian – R. Tagore International Centre of Advanced Studies ‘Metamorphoses of the Political’ (ICAS:MP), Max-Weber-Kolleg Erfurt & University of Göttingen (January 2021 – June 2021)

DAAD Visiting Professor, Centre for Modern Indian Studies, University of Göttingen, Germany (November 2015 – January 2016)

Visiting Associate Fellow, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi (June 2012 – December 2012)

National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship for Law and Social Sciences (2008 – 2009)

Junior Research Fellowship, American Institute for Indian Studies (2008)

Visiting Fellow, Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (November 2007 – April 2008)

Scheps Research Fellowship, Columbia University (2004 – 2007)

Faculty Fellowship (five-year full fellowship), Columbia University (2003 – 2007 & 2009 – 2010)

Felix Scholarship (for Masters Study), SOAS (2001-02)

British Chevening Human Rights Scholarship (declined) – 2001