Shubhankar Dam

B.R. Ambedkar Academic Fellow

Shubhankar Dam

B.R. Ambedkar Academic Fellow

Shubhankar Dam is a Professor of Public Law at the University of Portsmouth School of Law, Portsmouth, United Kingdom. Previously, he held academic positions at the Singapore Management University School of Law and the City University of Hong Kong School of Law. The winner of several teaching awards and research grants, Dam's primary interests include law and governance in India, comparative constitutional law, common law reasoning, and legal ethics.

Dam read the Bachelor of Civil Law at the University of Oxford (Brasenose College) as a Felix Scholar, and completed his Masters in Law from Harvard Law School as the Harvard University Dana Scholar. He was the James F. Fleming Visiting Chair at the Australian National University, Canberra, and has held visiting professorships and fellowships in India, Australia and Germany. He has been invited to present his works, among others, at the Harvard-Stanford International Junior Faculty Forum, Illinois-Princeton-UCLA Annual Comparative Law Workshop, and the Inaugural NUS Asian Comparative Law Workshop.

Dam is the author of Presidential Legislation in India: The Law and Practice of Ordinances (Cambridge University Press, New York, 2014). In 2017, the Supreme Court of India extensively relied on the book to overturn long-settled constitutional doctrines in India, and make executive power more amenable to judicial scrutiny. In addition, Dam has published in law reviews in the United States, and in peer-reviewed journals from Australia, Canada, Netherlands and the United Kingdom. His current works include a series of empirical studies on the Supreme Court of India, and monographs on executive legislation in parliamentary and presidential systems. 

Areas of Expertise
  • Constitutional law and governance in India
  • Executive Powers
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Introduction to Legal Methods
  • Legal Ethics