Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India
Former Additional Solicitor General of India,
Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha),
Union Minister for Law & Justice
Envoy of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Japan

Dr. Ashwani Kumar, an eminent lawyer, author and veteran parliamentarian was a member of the Rajya Sabha for fourteen consecutive years till the end of his tenure in April 2016. During his time, he held various ministerial positions including Minister for Law and Justice. He was Special Envoy of PM Manmohan Singh to Japan (2013). He was appointed as the Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science, Technology, Environment and Forests in 2015-2016.He has also served as Chairman of the Select Committee of Rajya Sabha for "The Prevention of Torture Bill", 2010.

Dr. Kumar has represented the Indian Government at the highest forums of diplomacy including in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), United Nations Security Council (UNSC). He has also represented India at the World Economic forum. He is a senior advocate of the Supreme Court, a former Additional Solicitor General, widely recognized for the intellectual depth of his writings and parliamentary interventions. He was honoured with Honoris Causa by Punjab University in 2005, was a visiting Distinguished Fellow at Trinity College Dublin (2016) and a visiting professor at National Law School of India University, Bengaluru(NLSIU) in 2019. He has also spoken at the Oxford Human Rights Hub, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, University of Birmingham and Kings College London amongst others.

​His publication include Laws, Ideas & Ideology in Politics: Perspectives of an Activist (2003), Hope in a Challenged Democracy (2017), Ehsaas-o-Izhar (2018) - an anthology of the finest pieces in Urdu verse. Dr. Kumar is a crusader for human rights and has taken up several causes including the issue of the right of the elderly to live with dignity, need for India to have a comprehensive Anti-Torture legislation enabling it to ratify the UN Convention against Torture and the human rights of Rohingyas including their right to take refuge in India consequent upon their persecution in Myanmar. He has also espoused the cause of liberty of human rights activists detained recently in India (2018), apart from appearing before the Supreme Court to oppose pre-natal sex detection tests to prevent female foeticide


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