Research Students
Mr. Sumit SONKAR
Working toward a PhD in Laws, expected 2022

Mr. Sumit Sonkar is a PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Law, Chinese University of Hong Kong. Before, commencing his PhD at the CUHK, Sumit worked as an Assistant Professor of Law at the Maharishi University of Information Technology and was a Guest Faculty at the Indian Society of International Law, and the Indian Law Institute, New Delhi. Sumit obtained his Master of Laws (LLM) from the South Asian University (A Project of SAARC) and his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Delhi. He also did his Bachelor of Arts (BA) from the University of Allahabad, India. He obtained a Post Graduate Certificate in IP Management and Valuation from LUISS Business School, Italy and did 1st Course of China-South Asia Legal Training Base jointly organized by Yunnan University and China Law Society, China.

Thesis Topic

Emerging Constitutional Freedoms and its Social Harmonisation in India, co-supervised by Professors Surabhi CHOPRA and Rehan ABEYRATNE.

Research Interests and Aims

Sumit is particularly interested in comparative constitutional law, comparative judicial review, social justice, privacy laws and intellectual property rights. With my thesis, I hope to determine the social basis of recognition of un-enumerated rights and the product of constitutional adjudication. That inquiry will inextricably point to the functional analysis of the judicial process i.e. the way the “rights” are read into or found to be inherent in elastic constitutional texts.

Working Papers and Publications

  • ‘Some Thoughts on the Implications of CJEU’s the Pirate Bay Case’ M. S. Ramaiah Journal of Law, Volume IV, Issue 1, 2018.
  • ‘From Shah Bano to Shayara Bano: Itinerary of Gender Equality of Muslim Woman in India’ Indian Bar Review, Volume 45, Issue 1, 2018.
  • ‘Creation and Management of University Industry Collaborations in South Asia’ (co-author Parineet Kaur) Journal on Communication, Media, Entertainment and Technology (RMNLU), Volume III, (2016).
  • ‘Brexit: Assessing Referendum’s Potential Impact on IP Policies and Its Implications’ Bharti Law Review, Volume 5, Issue 2, (2016).
  • ‘A Legal Appraisal of Judicial Approach to Right to Shelter in India’ Madras Law Journal, Volume 297, Issue 10 (2016).
  • ‘Cyber Espionage: Burglary of 21st Century’ (co-author Parineet Kaur) KIIT Student Law Review, Issue 3 (2015).
  • ‘Regulating Unfair Trade Practices: An Analysis of the Past and Present Indian Legislative Model’ (co-authors Raman Mittal and Parineet Kaur) Journal of Consumer Policy, Springer [Online] (2015).
  • ‘A Critical Assessment of University Industry Collaborations for South Asian Countries’ Udgam Vigyati, Indore Institute of Law’s Law & Management, Volume I, Issue I (2015).
  • ‘Conflicts between Foreign Investment and Environment Protection: Examining the Role of Bilateral Investment Treaties’ Journal of Law and Public Policy (NLSIU), Volume II, Issue 1 (2015).

Papers Delivered

  • “Impact of BITS on TRIPS: A Case of CL” (Paper presented at the VIIth Annual IP Teaching Workshop, 2018 organized by the Centre for Innovation, Intellectual Property and Competition (CIIPC) and National Academy of Law Teachers on 24th March 2018, NLU Delhi).
  • “Ramifications of Protecting Intellectual Property Rights under Bilateral Investment Treaties on TRIPS Flexibilities” (Paper presented at the Work in Progress Conference “IP Scholars Asia” organized by ARCIALA, Singapore Management University, Singapore held on March 1-2, 2018).
  • “No Challenge Clause: Is Intervention by Competition Regulator Justified in Patent Licensing Agreements” (Paper presented at the 2nd Asia-Pacific Workshop on Innovation, IP, and Competition organized by NLU Delhi held on February 5-10, 2018).
  • Invited to Speak on “Intellectual Property Laws”, SGBT Khalsa Collage, University of Delhi on March 15th, 2017.
  • “The Evolving Role of China and India in Reforming International Financial Legal System” (Paper presented at  2nd China-South Asia Legal Forum, Kunming, China held on 14th to 17th December 2016).
  • “Panchayat Elections - Contesting an Uncontested Issue: Postscript of Rajbala” (Paper presented at National Seminar on Two Decades of the 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act (Panchayat Raj): Experiences, Issues, Challenges and Opportunities with Special Reference to Uttar Pradesh, Organized by RMNLU (Lucknow) held on 5 to 6th February 2016).
  • “Role of Law Students in Legal Aid” (Paper presented at International Conference on Legal Aid: Catalyst for Social Change, organized by University of Delhi held on March 17th, 2012).

Education and Awards

  • PhD Studentship, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2018.
  • Junior Research Fellowship, University Grant Commission (India).
  • Net Eligibility Test, University Grant Commission (India).
  • South Asian University merit-cum means scholarship for sessions 2013-2014 and 2014-2015.