Amal Sethi is a Senior Fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of Hamburg, where he researches and teaches on comparative constitutional studies with an emphasis on courts, constitutions, and democracy. He is currently undertaking a multi-year and multi-jurisdictional project funded by the Hamburg Research Academy on ‘The Design of Constitutional Courts: How It Matters.’ Amal’s other past and present professional affiliations include the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, the University of Liverpool, the Legal Priorities Project, and the National Law School of India University.
Amal’s work is published/forthcoming in The Journal of Federalism, Indian Law Review, American Journal of Comparative Law, Modern Law Review, I·CONnect-Clough Center Global Review of Constitutional Law, Keele Law Review, Asia Pacific Law Review, Nuovi Autoritarismi e Democrazie, Routledge Handbook on the Law of Greater China, National Law School of India Review, The University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, The University of Missouri Kansas City Law Review, among others.
Amal has also been involved with different governmental and inter-governmental agencies ranging from USAID and the US Department of Commerce to UNESCO, UNDP, UN Women, UNHCHR, and The SDG Fund. In addition, he has advised sovereign governments on constitution-making and at international tribunals.
Amal obtained his Doctorate and Masters in Law from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia. Amal’s doctoral dissertation was carried out under the supervision of Sophia Lee (Chair), Kermit Roosevelt, and Mitch Berman and propounded normative theories of judicial role and adjudication for constitutional courts in developing democracies. During his time at The University of Pennsylvania, Amal worked with the Center of Ethics and the Rule of Law and was appointed as a Legal Writing Fellow, a Salzburg Cutler Fellow, and The Global Women Leadership Fellow.
Amal received his Bachelor of Laws from the Government Law College, Mumbai, where he graduated as a recipient of the Best Student Award and the Nivedita Nathany Award for Academic Excellence and Leadership. While at Government Law College, Amal worked with Chief Justice F.I Rebello of the Allahabad High Court, The Non-Profit Citizens for Justice and Peace, and Justice Roshan Dalvi of the Bombay High Court.