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Aditya Manubarwala

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Aditya Manubarwala is an Indian lawyer and columnist on issues of law and public policy. He is the incumbent Global Peace Ambassador to India.[1] (2018-19) appointed by the Centre for Peace Studies, Sri Lanka. He has previously served as Special Advisor on International Law & Affairs to Najibullah Azad, the then Spokesman to President of Afghanistan. He has also served as an Attaché to the Office of the Speaker of the Lok Sabha and is one of the youngest Indians to depose before a committee of Parliament in Indian Legislative History at the age of nineteen. In March 2018, the Kathmandu Tribune described Aditya as 'Asia’s emerging youth leader'[2].

Aditya Bharat Manubarwala
BornAugust 1995
NationalityIndian
Alma materUniversity of Mumbai (BLS; LL.B (Hons.))
Parents
  • Bharat Thakorlal Manubarwala (father)
  • Sarvagnya Trivedi Manubarwala (mother)

PERSONAL LIFE

He is the son of Solicitor Bharat Manubarwala and Advocate Sarvagnya Trivedi Manubarwala. Both his parents hail from from a lower middle class background; subsequently establishing a solicitors law firm based in Mumbai. Aditya Manubarwala graduated as a lawyer in the year 2018, having studied from the University of Mumbai.

ACADEMICS

He completed his schooling from Jankidevi Public School, Mumbai, India and is considered as an illustrious alumni by his school. He graduated with a First Class (Hons.) degree in law from the University of Mumbai in the year 2018. He had a formidable academic record and was rank holder in his Law College. During his Law College days he won the 10th Durga Das Basu Constitutional Law Essay Competition[3], organized by the National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) Kolkata in the year 2017. He was also the recipient of the Overall Academic Excellence Award (2015) and Academic Merit Award (2016) for scoring the highest marks in his institution. He also holds the distinction of being one of the first persons in the history of Mumbai University to deliver a lecture to 3rd year law students at University of Mumbai Law Academy while still being a law student. He became one of the first individuals to work in the Parliament of India as an Attaché with the Office of the Speaker of the Lok Sabha in the year 2015[4]. Subsequently, he deposed before the 30 Member of Parliament Joint Committee of Parliament on Land Acquisition (JPC), thereby becoming one of the youngest Indians[5] to depose before a committee of Parliament in Indian legislative history. He represented India, at the Harvard Asia Conference, Hong Kong (2016) organized by the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) where he won the Chinese Chambers of Commerce HPAIR Scholarship[6] in recognition of his leadership towards empowering the marginalized and underprivileged across South Asia and India in particular.

He co-convened ‘Project Elder Connect’ a senior citizens computer and digital literacy drive in the city of Mumbai, where he involved political parties for its effective outreach and implementation.[7] He has actively advocated the cause of leprosy-affected individuals in India. He engaged in public policy advocacy by actively campaigning against the existence of colonial era laws discriminatory against leprosy-affected individuals. He wrote on the issue of leprosy for Oxford University[8] in furtherance of him mobilizing the support of the international community, as well as published in the Supreme Court Cases’ Practical Lawyer. Subsequently, he addressed a petition to the Lok Sabha Speakers Research Initiative as well as to the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi granted him personal audience on 20th June 2017 at Lucknow, amongst other things, Aditya discussed the various law reform initiatives he was spearheading, and including advocating the cause of leprosy-affected individuals.

Along with his friend, Bangladeshi social activist and environmentalist Shooha Tabil, Aditya is spearheading the creation of a SAARC Convention of Human Rights. Their endeavors’ towards the same were featured in the Nepali English Daily ‘The Kathmandu Tribune’.

PUBLICATIONS AND SPEECHES

He is a regular commentator on issues of law, public policy and International affairs. He has a wide array of publications ranging on the intersection of diverse topics like law, public policy, human rights, national and transnational water policy, international law and affairs. He is an accomplished commentator on issues of current relevance internationally. He has the distinction of publishing in 6 countries including the United States of America, the United Kingdom, India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. He has published in a multitude of forums ranging from prominent Universities like Oxford University[9], London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)[10], Columbia University[11] in New York as well as in reputed magazines and news papers including The New Indian Express[12], Dhaka Tribune (Bangladesh)[13], Kabul Times (Afghanistan)[14], Kathmandu Tribune (Nepal)[15] and Modern Diplomacy (Europe)[16]. He has also delivered guest lectures and speeches on Constitutional and Public Policy issues at the University of Mumbai Law Academy, the Kumbh Conclave organized by India Think Council and supported by the Government of Uttar Pradesh and Siyasat India Youth Summit (Bhopal) amongst other places.

  1. "Afghanistan's Untapped Water Potential - Modern Diplomacy". moderndiplomacy.eu. Retrieved 2018-10-12.
  2. "In conversation with Aditya Manubarwala and Shooha Tabil - News, sport and opinion from the Kathmandu Tribune's global edition". News, sport and opinion from the Kathmandu Tribune's global edition. 2018-03-11. Retrieved 2018-10-12.
  3. "Winnings of NUJS, Kolkata | SCC Blog". SCC Blog. 2017-03-04. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  4. Sharma, Krishna (2016-04-27). "Aditya Manubarwala, one of the youngest Indians to have appeared before a committee of Parliament, on why he enrolled for the NUJS Diploma course and how it is benefitting him - iPleaders". iPleaders. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  5. Manubarwala, Aditya (23 June 2015). "Deposing before JPC, law students back land Bill". Tribune India. Archived from the original on 24 June 2015.
  6. "Mumbai Law Students to represent India in Harvard Asia Conference 2016 | Live Law". Live Law. 2016-08-23. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  7. Sharma, Krishna (2016-04-27). "Aditya Manubarwala, one of the youngest Indians to have appeared before a committee of Parliament, on why he enrolled for the NUJS Diploma course and how it is benefitting him - iPleaders". iPleaders. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  8. "Perpetuating Discrimination: A Critical Analysis of the Legal Framework Surrounding Leprosy in India". OHRH. 2017-02-07. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  9. "Perpetuating Discrimination: A Critical Analysis of the Legal Framework Surrounding Leprosy in India". OHRH. 2017-02-07. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  10. "Revisiting India's Obligations against Custodial Torture". LSE Human Rights. 2017-05-19. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  11. "The Indo-U.S. Solar Dispute: Hardened Trade Ideologies Trump Environmental Concerns". Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. 2017-05-23. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  12. "The Murder Of Democracy in Pakistan". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  13. "A case for menstrual leave". Dhaka Tribune. 2018-02-14. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  14. "The Kabul Times - A Judicial Coup: India and Afghanistan caught in the cross fire". www.thekabultimes.gov.af. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  15. "Unraveling India's Constitutional Framework on Refugees: The Rohingya Crisis Demystified - News, sport and opinion from the Kathmandu Tribune's global edition". News, sport and opinion from the Kathmandu Tribune's global edition. 2017-11-13. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  16. "Afghanistan's Untapped Water Potential - Modern Diplomacy". moderndiplomacy.eu. Retrieved 2018-09-21.


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