Mr. Aman Kumar

Assistant Professor

Aman did his LL.M. in International Law from the South Asian University, New Delhi. The title of his dissertation was "International Law and Legitimation of Colonialism: The Trial of Bahadur Shah Zafar and the Making of British India". He has done his B.A.LL.B. with honors in ‘International Law’ and ‘Human Rights’ from National Law University, Assam. His recent publication is an article titled ‘A relook at the Principle of Uti-Possidetis in the context of the Indo-Nepal border dispute’ in Jindal Global Law Review. Prior to joining IFIM, he had been Editor of three law journals. Currently, he is on the Editorial Board of asia-blogs. He also runs his own international law blog (Indian Blog of International Law).

He is interested in de-colonising international law. Currently, he is working on ‘Turn towards History of India and International Law’, ‘The 1857 ‘War’ between British and the Mughal Empire’, ‘Ambiguous status of India in the writing of Westlake’ etc. 

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Courses Teaching:

  • Public International Law
  • Penology and Victimology
  • Law and Justice in a Globalising World (Elective Course)

Courses Taught:

  • Public International Law (LW-2056/LW-4019)
  • Environmental Law (LW-2016)
  • Administrative Law (6022)
  • Code of Civil Procedure (2062)
  • Research Incubation (RI6-2016)

Areas of interest:

  • International Criminal Law
  • History and Theory of International Law
  • Critical Approaches to International Law
  • Constitutional Law



Working Papers:

  • Absence of India’s international criminal law obligations in its domestic laws (for a book chapter to be published by Ministry of Justice, Poland)
  • Legality of Zafar’s Trial according to International Law (for an edited Book on the Re-Trial of Bahadur Shah Zafar, edited by Prof. Kanika Sharma, SOAS, London)

Papers Presented:

  • Presented a paper titled ‘Turn Towards History of India and International Law’ at the Asian Legal History Conference organised by the Chinese University of Hong Kong, on 25 July 2021
  • Presented a paper on ‘Ambiguous position of India in the writings of Westlake’ at the “Junior Research Workshop on ‘The Geographies of the International’”, organised by the Weatherhead Initiative on Global History, Harvard Law School and the Graduate Institute, Geneva, on 17 June 2021
  • Presented a paper on ‘Absence of India’s International Criminal Law obligations in its Domestic Laws’ at an International Conference organised by Ministry of Justice, Poland, on 15 June 2021
  • Presented a paper titled “The 1857 ‘War’ between the East India Company and the Mughal Empire” at the Asian Society of International Law’s 8th Biennial Conference, on 28 May 2021
  • Presented a paper titled ‘Why do History of Law - Understanding the recent writings on Indian Legal History’ at the 2nd All India Legal History Conference, TNNLU, on 25 May 2021
  • Legality of 1857 Mutiny Laws of British India - PRESENTED at the 39th Conference of Australia and New Zealand Society of Law and History, Auckland, 09 December 2020
  • In the Interest of None: On the ICC’s Decision in the Afghanistan Situation – PRESENTED at International Conference on ‘South Asia in the Era of International Courts and Tribunals’, South Asian University, 28-29 February 2020
  • Characterising the Trial of Bahadur Shah Zafar – PRESENTED at Conference to Celebrate 60 years of ISIL, 20-22 February 2020
  • Place of the Mughal Empire within the Law of Nations – PRESENTED at All India Legal History Conference, Gujarat National Law University, 14-15 February 2020
  • Situating the Principle of Non-Refoulement in the Indian Legal Scenario, PRESENTED at 7th ILNU National Conference on International Humanitarian and Refugee Law – awarded ‘BEST RESEARCH PAPER’
  • Missing – An Indian Policy on Blue Economy Vis-À-Vis Climate Change PRESENTED at the 48th Annual Conference of the Indian Society of International Law, 4-5 May 2019
  • Determining the Contours of Cyber Warfare under International Humanitarian Law and their Classification as a War Crime under the Rome Statute, PRESENTED at National Seminar on International Humanitarian Law organized by Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies, Delhi, 19 January 2019
  • Challenges before the ICC – The African Challenge and the Aggression Conundrum – PRESENTED AT 46th Annual Conference of the Indian Society of International Law, 29-30 April 2017

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