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Syed Ali Akhtar

Academic Fellow

Syed graduated in law from the Unity Degree College, University of Lucknow in 2016. He pursued his master’s degree in International Law from the Faculty of Legal Studies, South Asian University in 2018. For his doctoral research, he was awarded a SAU PhD Fellowship. He has submitted his PhD in International Law to the Faculty of Legal Studies, South Asian University. He attended a winter and a summer course on public & private international law on a full scholarship at the Hague Academy of International Law, The Netherlands in 2020 and the Xiamen Academy of International Law, China (2019). He was a recipient of the South Asian University Merit Scholarship and the Merit Cum Means Scholarship Scheme sponsored by the Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India. He was a rapporteur in two international conferences organized by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee (UNHCR) India, Geneva Academy and South Asian University. His publications include an article titled, ‘Do Sanctions Violate International Law’ (2019) in Economic & Political Weekly (EPW), a book review of Daniel H. Joyner’s “Iran’s Nuclear Program and International Law: From Confrontation to Accord” published in Asian Journal of International Law and a blog piece on “Snapback and its Implication in International Law” (October 2020) with Iranian Review of UN Studies. He has also co-authored a paper titled “Global Measures on Gender Inequality with Special Reference to India: An Analysis”. The said paper was published in ‘Growth with Justice: A Compendium of Papers for National Seminar on Growth with Justice’ (2016).




What made you choose to apply at NLU Delhi? 

I have recently submitted my PhD thesis and joined NLUD as an Academic Fellow. I see this position as a stepping stone towards my academic growth as it allows me to continue my research and also step into the classroom as a teacher. Also, the kind of work culture, professionalism, and exposure that NLUD is known for has played a crucial role in my choice to work here.


What made you choose research and teaching as a career? 

I like to disseminate ideas and put them to test in the classroom. I believe that academics trains us to perceive what is happening around us, and reflect on it.


What is your area of interest, and what excites you about it? 

My interests include public international law, legal interpretation, sanctions, and humanitarian interventions. I am also interested in International Humanitarian Law, International Refugee Law and Constitutional Law. My master’s dissertation was on ‘Unilateral sanctions in International Law’. The said area is underexplored and there is a dearth of relevant literature pertaining to this subject. My doctoral thesis explored interpretation of secondary instruments. I have a keen interest in the subject of ‘legal interpretation'.


How do you see yourself contributing to NLUD as an Academic Fellow?

This programme is unique and would surely be a stepping stone towards my academic and professional growth. Academia encompasses two components, teaching and research. This fellowship offers both the opportunities. One of the positive features is guided teaching skills under senior faculty. The reputation of an institution is based on the performance of its faculty and students. Therefore, it is the duty of all faculty to develop innovative teaching methods and produce quantitative as well as qualitative research. I see myself contributing to the innovative teaching methods at NLUD and producing meaningful research.


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