Sharngan Aravindakshan
Human Rights Scholar

Sharngan Aravindakshan is an LLM Candidate (Dean’s Graduate Award) in the International Legal Studies program at NYU. As a Human Rights Scholar with the Digital Welfare State Project, Sharngan’s work focuses on the digitalisation of States generally, and investigates issues arising out of such digitalisation including digital identity, the roles of different actors in the digital identity project as well as its broad implications on human rights.¬†Previously a Programme Officer at the Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University Delhi, India’s leading academic research organization dedicated to digital laws and policies, Sharngan’s work has spanned several areas at the intersection of human rights and technologies, including online speech, privacy, data protection and cybersecurity issues in India and the world. He has provided input on these issues to various international and national agencies including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Open Ended Working Group on ICTs (UN OEWG), the office of India’s National Cyber Security Coordinator as well as NITI Aayog, the Indian government’s central think-tank.¬†His research has been published in leading¬†journals including The International Journal of Human Rights and the Indian Journal of International Law, besides popular scholarly blogs such as EJIL: Talk! and the Online Harvard International Law Journal.

Sharngan graduated with honours and distinction from Gujarat National Law University in 2016. A qualified advocate in India, he has also previously worked as a litigator at a top law firm in New Delhi where he handled a number of civil and commercial disputes including intellectual property rights. He has regularly appeared in the Supreme Court, the Delhi High Court and various other courts and tribunals in India.


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