Bok Visiting Professor
Shamnad Basheer is India’s leading legal academic and public intellectual working in the law. Basheer received his B.C.L., M.Phil. and D.Phil. from the University of Oxford, where he was also an Editor of the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal. Primarily a scholar of intellectual property and innovation law, he was the first (and youngest ever) HRD Ministry Chair of Intellectual Property at the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. During his time there (and after), he published numerous articles and books, started an influential IP blog (SpicyIP), and worked extensively with India’s government and courts to craft and shape India’s IP policy. In 2014, the Supreme Court of India invited Professor Basheer to intervene in an internationally prominent case on pharmaceutical patents (the Novartis case), and he addressed the Court for an entire hour, explaining to the justices the nuances of India’s patent law and health needs—a rare honor for an academic.
In 2013, Professor Basheer founded an organization called IDIA (Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access), which works to empower underprivileged communities in India through access to legal education. IDIA has proven to be a remarkable success story in India, and Professor Basheer has been at the helm of it. In 2014, he was awarded the Infosys Laureate Award. The selection committee was chaired by Amartya Sen, whose laudatory congratulatory message can be found here: http://www.infosys-science-foundation.com/prize/laureates/2014/shamnad-basheer.asp