Dr. Vishnu Konoorayar


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• PhD (MGU)
• LL. B (Mangalore)

Courses Taught

• International Environmental Law
• Environmental Law and Policy in India
• Human Rights Law


Prof. Vishnu Konoorayar has over 18 years of teaching and research experience. Before joining HNLU, he was at the TERI School of Advanced Studies (TERI SAS), New Delhi as Associate Professor, HoD Law, and Programme Coordinators of LL.M and PhD in Legal Studies [2018-21]; The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi as Adjunct Professional [2018-21]; the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History (MPIeR), Frankfurt, Germany as Researcher [2016-17] and the SRH University, Heidelberg, Germany as Lecturer [2015-16]; the Indian Law Institute (ILI), New Delhi as Assistant Professor and Coordinator of LL.M and PG Diploma Programmes [2005-2013]; the West Bengal National University of Juridical Science ( WB NUJS), Kolkata as Lecturer [2005]. He, along with Prof. Jaya Vasudevan, pioneered the design and development of LL. B and ‘Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice’ (GDLP) Programmes for Fiji National University (FNU), Fiji Islands [2013-14].

He was the founding Executive Editor of ILI Law Review and the Assistant Editor of Annual Survey of Indian Law-2009. Prof. Vishnu has also designed curricula, and course outlines for many regular academic programmes and executive/training/faculty development programmes in various aspects of law and public policy for ILI, TERI SAS and other institutions. He was a member of the team that prepared ‘Self Learning Material’ for IGNOU eGyanKosh resource titled ‘Special Rights Law’.

Prof. Vishnu’s past association in research projects include: (a) ‘Effectiveness of Gram Nyayalayas in the State of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan’, with Department of Justice, Government of India; (b) ‘International Commercial Arbitration in South Asia: A Comparative Study’ with Korea Legislation Research Institute and Asia Legal Information Network; (c) ‘Effectiveness of Alternate Dispute Resolution in India’ with the World Bank, and International Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution; (d) ‘Compatibility of Anti-Conversion Laws concerning Freedom of Religion under Indian Constitution’, with the Indian Law Institute and National Commission for Minorities, Government of India. He was also part of the ILI research team that studied: (a) ‘Digest on Centre-State Relations -Post-Sarkaria Commission Decisions’, Centre-State Commission; (b) ‘Analysing Discrepancies in State Panchayati Raj Rules to bring them in Conformity/Uniformity with PESA’, Ministry of Panchayati Raj; and (c) ‘Judiciary and the Evaluation of Panchayati Raj Jurisprudence’, Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India. As a research supervisor, Prof. Vishnu has guided two PhD students and 37 LL.M dissertations so far.

Dr Vishnu has been a member of the academic/management committees of many institutions. He was (a) Member, Board of Management, TERI SAS; (b) Member, Finance Committee, TERI SAS; (c) Member, Academic Council at TERI SAS, and ILI, (d) Member, Board of Studies, Nalanda University Centre at Tribhuvan College, Neemrana, Rajasthan. He is also a member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law. He has been invited as a resource person to many events/conferences/FDPs in India and abroad that includes ‘Comparative Disability Studies Research in the Asia Pacific Workshop’, Disability Studies Research Centre, University of New South Wale (UNSW)s, Sydney, Australia and ‘International Conference on Asian Atomic Energy Law’, Korea Atomic Energy Law Organization, Seoul, South Korea.

He also practised law at the subordinate courts of Hosdurg, Kasaragod, Kerala, for a short period.

His current academic/research/consulting interests include environmental law and policy, access to justice initiatives, informal justice systems and online dispute resolution models.


Books and Book Chapters

• International Commercial Arbitration in South Asia (Seoul, Korea Legislation Research Institute, 2012) pp.127. ISBN-10:8-966-841-716; ISBN-13:9788966841714. (Co-Authored with Choi You Jin and Dr Jaya Vasudevan Suseela).
• Disaster Management and Law (New Delhi, Indian Law Institute, 2005,) pp. 267. (Co-Edited with Dr Jaya Vasudevan Suseela).
• “Consumer Law” in Kamala Sankaran and Ujjwal Kumar Singh (ed.), Towards Legal Literacy: An Introduction to Law (New Delhi, Oxford University Press, 2008) pp. 162-174. ISBN13: 978-0-19-569222-8; ISBN10: 0-19-569222-5.
• “Equal Treatment” in Indian Law Institute (ed.) Services under the State (New Delhi, Indian Law Institute, 2007) pp. 28-119. [Revising author]
• “Disasters: Global Responses to the Challenges” in A. Sabitha, Disaster Management: Legal and Policy Perceptions (Amicus Books, The ICFAI University Press, 2007) pp.1-29. ISBN:81-314-1363-2.
• “Law of Torts” in Justice Rama Joice (ed.), The Indian Legal System (New Delhi, Indian Law Institute, 2006) pp. 36-48. [revising author]
• “Disaster Management – International Perspectives” in Vishnu Konoorayar Konoorillam and Jaya Vasudevan Suseela (ed.), Disaster Management and Law (New Delhi, Indian Law Institute, 2005) pp.57-78.

Research Papers in Peer-Reviewed or UGC listed Journals.

• “Building the Global Climate Change Regulatory Regime: An Overview” Vol 9 Issue 2 International Journal of South Asian Studies, ISSN 0974 – 2514 (2016) (Co-authored with Dr Jaya Vasudevan Suseela)
• “Gauging India’s Environmental and Climate Change Policy from a Fairness Perspective: We Need to Change!” Vol 7 Issue 2 International Journal of South Asian Studies, ISSN 0974– 514 (2014)
• “Atomic Energy Law in India: An Analysis,” 1 Korea Legislation Research Institute Journal of Law and Legislation (2011) pp. 127-171. ISSN 2234-7526. (Co-Authored with Dr Jaya Vasudevan Suseela).
• “Law of Evidence,” XLVII Annual Survey of Indian Law-2011 (2012) pp.465-478. ISSN 0570-2666.
• “Law of Evidence,” XLVI Annual Survey of Indian Law-2010 (2011) pp.365-384. ISSN 0570-2666.
• “Law of Evidence,” XLIV Annual Survey of Indian Law-2008 (2009) pp. 56-72. ISSN 0570-2666.
• “Procedural Justice for Parties to Arbitration: Reflections and Perspectives on Indian Arbitration Law,” XXVIII-XXIX Delhi Law Review (2006-07) pp. 257-269. ISSN 0973- 001X. (Co-Authored with Dr Jaya Vasudevan Suseela).
• “Civil Procedure and Evidence,” XLIII Annual Survey of Indian Law-2007 (2008) pp. 71- 111.ISSN 0570-2666.
• “Civil Procedure,” XLII Annual Survey of Indian Law-2006 (2007) pp.29-48. ISSN 0570-2666.
• “Disasters: Global Responses to the Challenges,” 4 Asian-African Legal Consultative Committee Bulletin (2006) pp.359-384. ISSN 0973-1660.
• ‘Regulating Cyberspace: Emerging Problems and Challenges,’ Cochin University Law Review (2003) pp. 413-434. ISSN 0970-0331.

Invited lectures /as a Resource Person/ paper presentation in Seminars, Conferences etc.

• Christ University Law School Quality Improvement Programme “tools and strategies for quality enhancement in teaching- evaluation pedagogies” [ June 13, 2021]
• ‘Judicial Process and Social Change in India’ organised by the Department of Political Sciences, University of Kerala [May 4, 2021]
• “Legal Academia Panel Discussion on National Education Policy, 2020 & its implications for Legal Education” (August 29, 2020)
• FDP organised by Vellore Institute of Technology School of Law, Chennai on Environmental Law and Sustainable Development (March 26 to April 1 2021)
• “History and Evolution of International Environmental Law” for the National Webinar organised by the School of Legal Studies, Kannur University, Kerala (January 30 2021)
• FDP organised by “Guru Angad Dev Teaching Learning Centre, Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching (PMMMNMTT), Ministry of Education, Government of India” (February 5 2021 – February 20 2021)
• “Eco-Sensitive Western Ghats and Environment- Revisiting the Gadgil Committee Report” for the National Webinar organised by MNLU Mumbai (September 5 2020)
• “Informal Justice Systems: A Bane or Boon” organised by Shyam Padman Associates, Kerala
• FDP organised by Sadanlal Sanwaldas Khanna Girls’ Degree College, Allahabad (September 1 2020)
• “Online Faculty Development Programme on Emerging Contours Of Legal Education and Teaching Techniques” organised by VIPS Law School (June 1 – June 6 2020)
• Dispute Resolution amongst Dravidian Communities: Past and Present @ Workshop titled ‘South Asian Legal History, Beyond Boundaries’ (NALSAR, Hyderabad & MPIeR, Frankfurt, December 7 2016).
• ‘Property rights in water in a changing world’ @ German Water Symposium, (SRH Hochschule, Heidelberg, Germany, November 19 2015).
• ‘From Rigidity to Flexibility: India’s Policy on Climate Change’ @ the ‘International Seminar on India and International Organizations: Towards Multilateralism’ (Department of International Relations, Central University of Kerala, 20-22 March 2013).
• ‘Indian Atomic Energy Law: An Analysis’ @ the ‘International Conference on Asian Atomic Energy Law’ (Korea Atomic Energy Law Organization, Seoul, South Korea, June 1 2011).
• ‘Law Compliance in the Cyberspace: Need for a change in the Due Process Standard’ @ the International Conference on Cyber Law – Icomply- 2010, (European University Institute, Florence, Italy, July 6 2010).
• ‘Indian Disability Laws: Need for Reform’ @ Disability Studies Conference-‘Towards a National Disability Studies Agenda,’ (Disability Studies Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 26-27 June 2009).
• ‘International Legal Regime of Managing Dams-with Special Reference to Mullaperiyar Case’@ the Conference on Emerging Trends in the National and International Environmental Law (Indian Society of International Law, New Delhi, July 12, 2006).
• Lectures in various Law Schools/Institutions/Universities in India (such as Lectures at the National Academy of Customs, Indirect Taxes and Customs -NACIN, Faridabad; Lectures at the Indian Society of International Law (ISIL) for the PG Diploma Programmes etc.)
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