1. Sarvjeet Singh ― Executive Director

    Sarvjeet Singh is the Executive Director at the Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University Delhi (CCG). He was part of CCG’s founding team and previously led its Civil Liberties vertical. His work currently focuses on the intersection of technology and national security, with a focus on cyber and unmanned weaponry. He is also interested in examining the evolution of existing rights frameworks to accommodate new media and emerging technology.

    As part of his work at the Centre, Sarvjeet has worked with the Law Commission of India and the India Ministry of Information Technology and assisted the legal team involved in the landmark Shreya Singhal v. Union of India judgment by the Supreme Court of India regarding free speech over the Internet. Sarvjeet is also the lead author of Freedom House’s Freedom on the Net India Report.

    Sarvjeet has previously been a law trainee with Justice (Dr.) B.S. Chauhan at the Supreme Court of India. He completed his LL.M. from the University of Michigan Law School as a Grotius Fellow and graduated as a gold medalist from National Law University Delhi. At law school, he was part of the inaugural editorial board of the NLUD Law Journal, co-founder of the NLUD Student Law Journal and the founding Convener of the Legal Services Clinic.


  2. Smitha Krishna Prasad ― Associate Director

    Smitha Krishna Prasad is an Associate Director at the Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University Delhi. At the Centre she manages the work of the Civil Liberties team, which focuses on work related to law, policy and awareness / capacity building activities in the context of privacy and surveillance, freedom of speech and expression, and access to internet. Her research interests relate to international and domestic laws on privacy, data protection, and surveillance with a focus on sectors where the intersection of law, policy and technology have an increased impact on the right to privacy, among other things.

    Before joining the Centre, Smitha was a member of the Technology, Media and Telecoms, Intellectual Property and International Commercial Laws practice group at a leading law firm in India. During this time, she focused on matters pertaining to data privacy, information technology, intellectual property, telecommunications, media and entertainment laws. She was regularly involved in advising on matters dealing with data protection and privacy laws, regulatory and legal issues in relation to big data and data analytics, digital and new media matters, and regulatory issues and laws applicable to e-commerce businesses, and payment systems and mechanisms in India.

    Smitha holds an LL.M. degree in International Legal Studies from the New York University School of Law, as well as a B.A.LL.B. from Symbiosis Law School, Pune.


  3. Gunjan Chawla ― Programme Manager, Technology and National Security

    Gunjan Chawla is a Programme Manager at the Centre for Communication Governance. She manages the work of the Technology and National Security team, which focuses on issues that arise at the intersection of technology and national security law, including surveillance, cybersecurity, information warfare, and the interplay of international legal norms with domestic regulation. Her research interests also include the areas of defence procurement, export controls and strategic studies.

    Prior to joining CCG, Gunjan worked at the International Court of Justice in the Hague, Netherlands as a Judicial Fellow to His Excellency Judge Patrick L. Robinson. Previously, she has also worked as a legislative assistant (PRS Legislative LAMP Fellow 2014-15) to former Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha), Mr. Avinash Pande and has a background in criminal litigation.

    Gunjan is an alumna of the National Law University Delhi. She was a recipient of the Charpak Scholarship (2015-16) awarded by the Embassy of France in New Delhi and obtained a Masters in International Affairs with a concentration in defence and security economics from the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). She also holds an LLM in National Security Law from the Georgetown University Law Center. At Georgetown, she was a part of the editorial team of the Journal of National Security Law and Policy and a member of the Guantanamo Observers’ Program.

  4. Yesha Paul ― Programme Officer, Civil Liberties

    Yesha is a Programme Officer with the Civil Liberties team at the Centre for Communication Governance.

    Prior to joining CCG, Yesha worked as a Legal Consultant with Justice and Care, Mumbai, an international anti-human trafficking organisation, and as a Research Assistant to Legislators at the Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies, New Delhi. She is also an advocate enrolled with the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa.

    Yesha completed her legal education at ILS Pune and graduated with a Masters in Regulatory Governance from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai as a silver medallist.


  5. Chinmayi Arun ― Faculty Director

    Chinmayi Arun is an Assistant Professor of Law at National Law University Delhi, where she is also the Faculty Director of the Centre for Communication Governance. She is a member of the United Nations Global Pulse Data Privacy Advisory Group, and of UNESCO India’s Media Freedom committee. She is also a Fellow of the Berkman Klein Centre at Harvard University, and has been a consultant to the Law Commission of India in the past. Chinmayi has published work on algorithms, harmful speech, privacy and information gatekeepers. She is lead author of the India country report in Freedom House’s Freedom on the Net report for 2014 and 2015, and of the India report in the Global Network of Centers’ study of online intermediaries.

    Chinmayi has studied at the NALSAR University of Law, and London School of Economics and Political Science. She has worked with Ernst & Young and AZB & Partners, Mumbai in the past, and has taught at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences where she introduced courses on regulatory theory and communication regulation.


  6. Taruna Pal ― Office Administrator

    Taruna is the Office Administrator at the Centre for Communication Governance. Prior to her work with CCG, she worked with the International Centre for Research on Women as Manager, HR & Administration. She has worked in the development sector throughout her career. Taruna holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Delhi University.


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