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Jayanth Krishnan

Professor of Law and Charles L. Whistler Faculty Fellow
Director, Center on the Global Legal Profession
Contact Information
jkrishna[at] indiana[dot]edu
(812) 856-0434
Baier Hall 253
B.A. at Ohio State University, 1993
J.D. at Ohio State University, 1996
Ph.D. at University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001
B669 Immigration Law
Comparative Legal Systems
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  • Director, IU Maurer School of Law Center on the Global Legal Profession (2014 - Present)
  • Co-director, IU Maurer School of Law Center for Law, Society, and Culture (2011 - 2014)
  • Project Director (2010-2014) of Ford Foundation-funded study to examine the functioning of the lower courts in India
  • Recipient, Leon Wallace Teaching Award, 2015
  • Recipient, Indiana University Trustees' Teaching Award, 2012.
  • William Mitchell College of Law: Professor of Law 2006-09; Associate Professor of Law, 2004-06; Assistant Professor of Law, 2001-04
  • Awarded "Teacher of the Year" for the 2003-04 Academic Year at William Mitchell College of Law
  • Visiting Professor, University of Iowa College of Law, Fall 2008
  • Visiting Fellow, Australian National University (John Fleming Centre for Advancement of Legal Research), February, March 2008
  • British Academy Visiting Professor, University of Edinburgh (Centre for South Asian Studies), Summer 2005
  • Research Fellow, Institute for Legal Studies, University of Wisconsin Law School, 2000-01

Jayanth Krishnan is the Charles L. Whistler Faculty Fellow and Professor of Law at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. He teaches courses in property, comparative law, and immigration. In 2015, he received the Law School's highest teaching honor, the Leon Wallace Teaching Award, and in 2012, he earned the Indiana University Trustees' Teaching Award. He was named director of Indiana Law's Center on the Global Legal Profession in 2014.

Krishnan's academic research focuses on the legal profession, the behavior of lawyers, law-and-globalization, and legal education, with a special emphasis on how these areas intersect in India. He has written extensively on these subjects and his work has appeared in both highly reputed law reviews and peer-reviewed journals.

As director of Indiana Law's Center on the Global Legal Profession, his activities include:

—Serving as project director for a $261,000 Ford Foundation study on the lower courts in India (2010-2014). In this capacity, he led a research team composed of three Indian organizations: National Centre for Advocacy Studies (NCAS), Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), and Jagori Grameen (JG), assessing economic and social-rights claims of litigants. (The NCAS was the recipient of the Ford grant, and CSJ and JG were sub-grantees.)

—Publishing and frequently speaking on India's legal profession and legal system

—Fundraising for Indiana University's Milton Stewart Fellows internship program, which places first- and second-year law students in various legal professions sectors in different countries, including India

—Coordinating with the O.P. Jindal Global University (Haryana, India) on joint conferences, research projects, and student exchanges

—Serving as affiliated researcher and Indiana University representative on Harvard Law School's Globalization, Law, and Emerging Economies Program (2010 - ); and

—Working with academics and lawyers in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, China, Ghana, Nigeria, Taiwan, and Western Europe interested in research and business projects in India.

Krishnan was also co-director of the Law School's Center for Law, Society, and Culture from 2011-2014.

In addition to having a law degree from Ohio State University, Krishnan holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to coming to Bloomington, Krishnan was a Professor of Law at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he received the Teacher of the Year award for the 2003-2004 academic year. He has also served as a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Iowa's College of Law, as the British Academy Visiting Professor at the Centre for South Asian Studies at the University of Edinburgh, and as a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University's College of Law.

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