Chair Professor (Urban Poor and the Law)
B.Sc. (1974) LL.M. (1979) and Ph.D. (2003) all from the University of Mysore.
He began his career as Lecturer in Law (1979-80: HombeGowda Law College, Mandya; 1980-85: Vidyavardhaka Law College, Mysore and was Asst. Commercial Tax Officer to the Government of Karnataka from 1988-92: Between 1985 and 1988 when he re-joined teaching as Lecturer at University Law College, Dharwad).
He joined National Law School of India University as Assistant Professor of Law (Senior) (June1992) re-designated as Associate Professor (1997). He was selected and appointed as Additional Professor of Law, the same year. He was selected and appointed as Professor of Law in 2006.
He was Chairman of the Post Graduate and Doctoral Council at the Law School, (2004-2005) and (May 2006 – June 2009).
He holds the Professorial Chair on Urban Poor and the Law, instituted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India. In 2009, He established the “Commons Cell” in the Law School to develop Indian Jurisprudence on the subject. He also established ,the Centre for Environmental Education, Research and Advocacy (CEERA), in 1997 and coordinated its activities till Dec.2000. He edits the Indian Journal of Environmental Law, published from the Law School.
His areas of specialization include International Law, Environmental Law and Human Rights Law. He has published over 30 articles and contributed chapters to five books as well.
He visited U.S.A under the International Visitors Programme(1994) and the U.K under the Faculty Exchange Programme. (1996) He was a Visiting Faculty at Dalhousie Law School, Canada (1999).
He was Senior Fulbright Fellow in the U.S. during 2005-06. He was a visiting professor at KTH, Stockholm (Feb, March, 2010 and Sept. 2011) and Law Faculty, Zurich (May, 2010).
He was awarded “Environmental Law Fellow, 2006” by the Environmental Law Institute, Washington DC, U.S.A.
He is, currently, a member of the National Biodiversity Authority – the first, non-official, expert member from the discipline of Law. He has assisted State and Central Governments in the drafting of several Environment-related laws. He has served as a Member of the Steering Committee for Environment and Forests, that was engaged in preparing the XII Plan Document, for the Planning Commission, Government of India. As a member, he is serving the Ethics Committee of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Having served two terms as a member of the Research Programme in Social and Economic Issues (RPSE) of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India, he is currently the Chairman of RPSE.