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Resume

Education

NUALS, Kochi

BA LLB (Hons.)

2018-2023

  • I was the Managing Editor of Law Journal's Blog, Senior Editor of the Law Journal, Editor of the Constitutional Studies Review, and a member of the Insolvency & Bankruptcy Law newsletter team.

Work

Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, New Delhi

Research Fellow

2023-present

  • The objective of the team is to improve access to palliative care. Primarily, we try to work on issues of public policy relating to end-of-life care, improve patient autonomy, and generally promote a regulatory environment that permits a good death.
  • Co-authored a set of model orders for states to implement the Supreme Court judgment in Common Cause v Union of India.
  • Co-authored research (e.g., healthcare facilities regulation report, professional regulation report, the patient rights report) on healthcare issues in Indian courts; research included scraping and analysis (Python, NLP) of datasets of criminal, civil, consumer, & constitutional cases (n > 60k) from Indian courts, comparative analysis, & literature review.
  • Co-authored institutional comments to the MoHFW on the draft Drugs, Medical Devices and Cosmetics Bill, 2022; research included extensive literature review & a global comparative analysis; presented for public dissemination in op-eds.

The Dialogue, New Delhi

Research Intern

July 2021 - November 2021

  • Assisted in drafting research reports (e.g., the digital health report commissioned by Omidyar Network India) and other deliverables (e.g. e-commerce model categorization, economic consequences of draft data protection laws).

Supreme Court Justice (Retd.) K.S. Panicker Radhakrishnan

Legal Intern

March 2021 - May 2021

  • Drafted extensive legal documentation for an arbitration center startup and ODR platform (e.g., arbitration, mediation, & ODR rules); research included extensive reviews with international conventions, other arbitration rules, & the Arbitration & Conciliation Act, 1996.
  • I also conducted negotiations with software development firms, sat in sales meetings with large financial institution, & and assisted management consultants to develop a pitch deck.

Publications

  • Living wills implementation lags in India (The Hindu, 4 April 2024)
  • A missed opportunity: New drugs Bill is old medicine in new bottle (Deccan Herald, 29 September 2022)