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Prof (Dr.) Anup Surendranath

Professor, Faculty of Law, National Law University, Delhi, Executive Director, NLU Delhi

Professor Anup Surendranath teaches criminal law, constitutional law, and legal methods and is the executive director of Project 39A (a criminal justice programme at the University). Additionally, he holds the SK Malik Chair Professorship on Access to Justice at NLU Delhi and is also on the Advisory Council of the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, University of Oxford. Professor Surendranath was invited by the Chief Justice of India RM Lodha in April 2014 to serve as the Deputy Registrar (Research) in the Supreme Court of India and served in that position until July 2015.

At Project 39A, Professor Surendranath leads a team of nearly 60 full time programme and administrative staff across three offices in Delhi, Pune, and Nagpur. As a criminal justice programme, Project 39A works on issues of forensics, mental health & criminal justice, sentencing, torture prevention & accountability, and legal aid. Project 39A also provides extensive pro bono legal representation to prisoners sentenced to death across the country and also provides legal aid to undertrial prisoners in Pune and Nagpur Central Prisons. Project 39A’s sustained representation of prisoners sentenced to death in the Supreme Court has led to significant changes and improvements in the law.

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