Dr. Ashwani Kumar

Dr. Ashwani Kumar

Dr. Ashwani Kumar  was designated Senior advocate of the Supreme Court of India (silk ) at the  age 34  and was the youngest designated Senior counsel and  was appointed Additional Solicitor General of India in 1990  when he had not yet completed 38 years. He has represented the State governments of Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Maharashtra before the Supreme Court of India.


Dr. Kumar  wrote his M’Phil dissertation on “Legal Control of  International Terrorism” (1976-77) at the Jawahar Lal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi and has  written several articles on legal, economic and international matters which have been published in various newspapers. He is the author of “Law, Ideas and Ideology in Politics: Perspectives of an Activist” .

His second Book “ Hope in a Challenged Democracy: An Indian Narrative” was released  in New Delhi by Dr. Manmohan Singh, former Prime Minister of India in April 2017 . About his book, Prof. Upendra Baxi , Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Warwick and University of Delhi wrote:

 “Dr. Ashwani Kumar distils a rich political and juristic life. The world  of law, power and justice will surely improve if all our actors were as reflective as the author”.


Dr. Kumar served as Chairman of the Select Committee of Parliament to finaise a stand alone anti-torture law for India in 2010.


Prof. Timothy Endicott, Professor of Legal Philosophy, University of Oxford, Fellow in Law , Balliol College in his comment on the Book stated:


“ The Hope of the title lies close to Dr Kumar’s work as a lawyer and in politics, and it centres on constitutionalism. For the Hope lies, as he puts it in one of his lambent phrases, in the possibility of ‘civilizing ourselves in the use of power”.

Dr. Kumar served as member of the Upper House of India’s Parliament from 202-2016 and occupied several ministerial positions during this time. He served as the Union Minister for Law and Justice and also as Special Envoy of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Japan in 2013. Dr. kumar was India’s representative to the United Nations General Assembly Session on several occasions. He addressed the UNGA on 21st Oct 2013 and addressed the Security Council on 29th Oct 2013 .


He served as Accompanying Minister to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe  of Japan, President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan , Prime Minister Gordon Brown of UK. and King Albert II  of Belgium, during  their State visits  to  India. He also had ministerial engagements with Late  President Simon Perez of Israel and President Mbeki of South Africa. 

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