Professor Shubhankar Dam
Professor of Public Law and Governance
Shubhankar Dam is the Professor of Public Law and Governance at the Portsmouth Law School, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, United Kingdom. Previously, he held academic positions at the Singapore Management University School of Law (2007-2014), the City University of Hong Kong School of Law (2015-2017) and Columbia University where he was the B. R. Ambedkar Chair Faculty Fellow (2017). In addition, he was the James F. Fleming Chair Visitor at the Australian National University, Canberra, and has held visiting professorships and fellowships in India (Institute of Advanced Study), Australia (Melbourne) and Germany (Heidelberg).
Professor Dam read for the BCL at the University of Oxford (Brasenose College) as a Felix Scholar, and completed his LLM from Harvard Law School as a Harvard University Dana Scholar. His first law degree is from the National University of Juridical Sciences, India. In 2004, he was a law clerk to the Hon’ble Chief Justice of India, Justice V. N. Khare, in the Supreme Court of India, New Delhi.
The winner of several teaching excellence awards (including the Most Promising, and Most Outstanding Teacher Award) and research grants, Dam's primary interests include law and governance in India, public law, common law reasoning, and legal ethics. He has been invited to present his works, among others, at the Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin, Yale Law School, Emory Law School, the Harvard-Stanford International Faculty Forum, Illinois-Princeton-UCLA Annual Comparative Law Workshop, and the Inaugural NUS Asian Comparative Law Workshop.
Professor Dam’s focus is on comparative public law and separation of powers – particularly, the migration of British parliamentary concepts to commonwealth jurisdictions, and executive authority. Drawing on empirical and analytical methods, he is studying how branches of government hold themselves internally accountable. His current works include a series of empirical studies on the Supreme Court of India, and monographs on executive legislation in parliamentary and presidential systems.
Dam has published over 30 articles in law reviews and peer-reviewed journals, and book chapters. He is the author of Presidential Legislation in India: The Law and Practice of Ordinances (Cambridge University Press, New York, 2014, paperback, 2015). In January 2017, the Supreme Court of India extensively relied on the book to overturn long-settled constitutional doctrines in India, and make executive power more amenable to judicial scrutiny.
In addition, he is a frequent commentator on topics related to law and governance in India, and his commentaries and op-eds have appeared in Qz.com, Writings by Shubhankar Dam in Scroll, Economic Times, Hindu, Indian Express, Express Tribune, Friday Times, Week, and Newsweek. His works are archived on Selected Works of Shubhankar Dam.