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Mr Shivaraj Huchhanavar

BALLB, LLM, UGC-NET-JRF


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Member of the Durham Law School  

Biography

PhD Candidate and Tutor at Durham Law School, UK

Shivaraj is a doctoral researcher and part-time tutor at Durham Law School. He has been awarded a Durham Law School Studentship for his doctoral research. His current research, under the supervision of Professor Roger Masterman and Dr Se-shauna Wheatle, focuses on regulatory mechanisms combating judicial corruption and misconduct in India and the UK. Shivaraj teaches UK Constitutional Law, Tort Law and Contract Law modules at Durham Law School.

Shivaraj holds LLM (Constitutional Law) with the first rank to the Karnataka State Law University. He is also the recipient of the Nani Palkivala Memorial Gold Medal for scoring the highest marks in the LLM examination. Shivaraj has the national level qualification for the lectureship in law. He has more than 3 years of teaching experience. His teaching interests are in the areas of contract law, tort law and UK constitutional law. Shivaraj also taught Comparative Public Laws, Rule of Law, Public Order and National Security, and Constitutional Law: New Challenges to the postgraduate students in India. Shivaraj is a member of the Law and Global Justice research cluster at Durham Law School.

Shivaraj worked at the National Judicial Academy, India, a think-tank on the issues concerning the judiciary. As a faculty member of the National Judicial Academy, he has delivered more than 25 training programmes to judges in India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. Shivaraj has research publications in the areas of principles of natural justice, alternative dispute resolution and issues concerning the Indian judicial system.

Current Research

The dissertation titled, ‘Prevention, control and abatement of judicial corruption and misconduct: a comparative study of regulatory mechanisms in India and the United Kingdom,’ revisits the conceptual framework that underpins the judicial conduct enforcement in India and the UK. It challenges the received views on the meaning and scope of ‘judicial corruption and ‘judicial misconduct.’ The research focuses on the need for an independent, competent and efficient arm’s length oversight mechanism dealing with judicial corruption and misconduct. The novelty of the research lies in the evaluation of the impact of regulatory mechanisms on internal and individual judicial independence. The research critically looks at the structure, powers, and functions of the oversight mechanisms of both countries. It aims to identify factors that affect the efficiency of oversight mechanisms in India. It also aims to critically evaluate the recent legal and regulatory developments in the UK and their relevance to India.

Research Interests

Judicial independence, immunity and accountability

Judicial corruption and misconduct

Judicial appointments and evaluation

Judicial education

Publications

Journal Article

  • Huchhanavar, S. (2021). ‘Disciplining judges for legal errors: a curious case of Justice Ganediwala’. Public Law 641-644.
  • Huchhanavar, S. (2020). ‘Regulatory mechanisms combating judicial corruption and misconduct in India: a critical analysis’. Indian Law Review 4(1): 47-84.