The Indian Legal Profession

Book Launch Events - December 2017 - Mumbai & Delhi

The Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession hosted two major events in India to celebrate the publication of The Indian Legal Profession in the Age of Globalization: The Rise of the Corporate Legal Sector and its Impact on Lawyers and Society (Cambridge University Press) in early December 2017 (Mumbai, December 8th and 9th and Delhi, December 15th and 16th). The book, which is the pinnacle of the Center’s six-year research project on the topic, is already being hailed as the most comprehensive and important study ever done on the Indian legal profession. These events offered an opportunity to celebrate the book’s launch, report on its major findings, and discuss plans for how to move the project forward.

Click below to view photos, videos, stories, and agendas of the different events in both Mumbai and Delhi.

Delhi Showcase, Friday, December 15, 2017

The Corporate Legal Sector’s Impact on India

Taj Mahal Hotel Mansingh (Delhi)
Friday, December 15, 2017
5:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Diwan-I-Am (Lower Lobby Level)

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM – Registration

5:30 PM – 5:40 PM – Welcome

Fali Sam Nariman, Senior Advocate

5:40 PM – 6:00 PM – Globalization, Lawyers and Emerging Economies

David B. Wilkins, Lester Kissel Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Co-Editor, The Indian Legal Profession in the Age of Globalization

6:00 PM – 6:20 PM – The Corporate Legal Sector’s Impact on India: Major Findings

Vikramaditya S. Khanna, William W. Cook Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School; Co-Editor, The Indian Legal Profession in the Age of Globalization

6:20 PM – 6:50 PM – Featured Guests

Judge Dhananjaya Y. Chandrachud, Supreme Court of India

Arun Jaitley, Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs

6:50 PM – 7:30 PM – The Corporate Legal Sector’s Impact on Lawyers, Society, and the Indian State

Flavia Agnes, Co-founder of MAJLIS

Bibek Debroy, Member, NITI Aayog; Chief, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister

Maninder Singh, Senior Advocate and Additional Solicitor General (invited)

Bharat Vasani, Legal Adviser to the Chairman and Former General Counsel, Tata Sons

Chair: Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Vice-Chancellor of Ashoka University

7:30 PM – 8:30 PM – Reception

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Delhi Symposium, Saturday, December 16, 2017

The Corporate Legal Sector’s Impact on India

Taj Mahal Hotel Mansingh (Delhi)
Saturday, December 16, 2017
9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Longchamp (Rooftop)

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM – Registration

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM – Outline of the Day

10:15 AM – 11:30 AM – Regulation, Trade, and Foreign Competition

Presenters

James Nedumpara (Jindal Global Law School) – Equalizing Access to the WTO: How Indian Trade Lawyers Build State Capacity

Mark Wu (Harvard Law School) – Indian Corporations, the Administrative State, and the Rise of Indian Trade Remedies

Rahul Singh (NLSIU) – Monopoly and Competition in the Indian Legal Profession

Commentators

Rajeev Kher – Former Commerce Secretary and Competition Appellate Tribunal member

Harsha V. Singh (Brookings India) – Executive Director; Former Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organization

Chair

David B. Wilkins (Harvard Law School)

11:30 AM – 11:45 AM – Tea break

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM – Changes in Indian Legal Education

Panelists

Nick Robinson (Harvard Law School) – Responding to the Market: The Impact of the Rise of Corporate Law Firms on Elite Legal Education

Shamnad Basheer (NLSIU) – The Making of Legal Elites and the IDIA of Justice

Vikramaditya S. Khanna (University of Michigan Law School) – The Anatomy of Legal Recruitment in India: Tracing the Tracks of Globalization

C. Raj Kumar (Jindal Global Law School) – Experiments in Indian Legal Education

Commentators

Ranbir Singh, Vice Chancellor, NLS Delhi (invited)

Pallav Shukla, Senior Associate, Trilegal

Tanya Aggarwal, Partner, S&R Associates

Chair

Swethaa S. Ballakrishnen (New York University)

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM – Lunch

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM – The Role of Lawyers in the Indian State

Presenters 

Bhargavi Zaveri (IGIDR) – How India’s Corporate Law Firms Influence Legal, Policy, and Regulatory Frameworks

Nick Robinson (Harvard Law School) – Grand Advocates: The Traditional Elite Lawyers

Commentators 

Rajiv Luthra, Founder and Managing Partner, Luthra & Luthra

Ashwani Kumar, Senior Advocate

Bharat Vasani, Legal Adviser to the Chairman and Former General Counsel, Tata Sons

Chair

David B. Wilkins, Harvard Law School

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM – Closing Remarks

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Mumbai Showcase, Friday, December 8, 2017

The Rise of the Indian Corporate Legal Sector

Taj Lands End (Mumbai)
Friday, December 8, 2017
5:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Ballroom (Mezzanine Level)

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM – Registration

5:30 PM – 5:40 PM – Welcome

5:40 PM – 6:00 PM – Globalization, Lawyers, and Emerging Economies

David B. Wilkins, Lester Kissel Professor of Law; Vice Dean for Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession; Faculty Director, Center on the Legal Profession, Harvard Law School; Co-Editor, The Indian Legal Profession in the Age of Globalization

6:00 PM – 6:20 PM – Major Findings: The Rise of the Indian Corporate Legal Sector

Vikramaditya S. Khanna, William W. Cook Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School; Co-Editor, The Indian Legal Profession in the Age of Globalization

6:20 PM – 7:30 PM –  A Conversation with Managing Partners and General Counsel

Zia Mody, Founding Partner, AZB & Partners

Cyril Shroff, Managing Partner, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Karan Singh, Co-Founding Partner, Trilegal

Dev Bajpai, Executive Director, Legal and Company Secretary, Hindustan Unilever

Naveen Raju, Group General Counsel & Executive Vice President, ‎Mahindra & Mahindra

Fred Headon, Assistant General Counsel, Air Canada; Past President, Canadian Bar Association

7:30 PM – 8:30 PM – Reception

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Mumbai Symposium, Saturday, December 9, 2017

The Rise of the Indian Corporate Legal Sector

Taj Lands End (Mumbai)
Saturday, December 9 2017
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Garden View Room (Lobby Level 2)

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM – Registration

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM – Outline of the Day

10:15 AM – 11:30 AM – The Growth of the Corporate Core: Law firms and In-house Counsel

Presenters

Umakanth Varottil (National University of Singapore) – The Impact of Globalization and Cross-border Mergers & Acquisitions on the Legal Profession in India

Vikramaditya S. Khanna (University of Michigan) – Globalization and the Rise of the In-House Counsel Movement in India

David B. Wilkins (Harvard Law School) – Mapping India’s Corporate Law Firm Sector

Aditya Singh (White & Case) – Globalization of the Profession: The “Foreign Entry” Debate

Commentators

Ravi Kulkarni, Senior Partner, Khaitan & Co.

Pramod Rao, General Counsel, Citibank India

Amar Sarwal, Chief Legal Officer and SVP of Advocacy and Legal Services, Association of Corporate Counsel

Chair

Bryon Fong (Harvard Law School)

11:30 AM – 11:45 AM – Tea break

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM – New—and Old—Actors in the Corporate Core

Presenters

Jayanth K. Krishnan (Indiana University Maurer School of Law) – Being Your Own Boss: Career Trajectories and Motivations of India’s Newest Corporate Lawyers

Arpita Gupta (University of Wisconsin, Madison) – Pro Bono and the Corporate Legal Sector in India

Pavan Mamidi (FLAME University) – Aggregation of Land for a Growing and Globalizing Economy: The Role of Small-Tower Lawyers in India

Commentators

Sandip Bhagat , Managing Partner, S&R Associates

Swathi Sukumar, Advocate and co-Founder, iProBono India

Chair

Vikramaditya S. Khanna (University of Michigan)

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM – Lunch

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM – South-South Relations: India and the BRICS

Presenters

David B. Wilkins (Harvard Law School) – Globalization, Lawyers and Emerging Economies: China, Brazil and Beyond

Jayanth K. Krishnan (Indiana University Maurer School of Law) – Legal Activism in the Face of Political Challenges: The Nigerian Case

Commentators

Tarun Khanna (Harvard Business School)

Chair 

Umakanth Varottil (National University of Singapore)

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM – Closing Remarks

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