1. Tehmtan R. Andhyarujina is a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India, who specialises in constitutional and administrative law. A former Solicitor-General of India and Advocate-General of Maharashtra, he has appeared in several leading constitutional and other cases and is the author of Judicial Activism and Constitutional Democracy in India (1992).
2. Granville Austin is an independent historian and a leading authority on the Indian Constitution. He was formerly Fellow of St. Antony's College, Oxford, staff member of the US Senate and Founding Director of the Committee for Arab-Israeli Peace. His publications include The Indian Constitution : Cornerstone of a Nation (1996) and - Working a Democratic Constitution : The Indian Experience (1999).
3. Lord Cook of Thorndon; K.B.E., was educated in Wellington and Cambridge. Called to the Bar in 1954 and designated a Queens Counsel in 1964, he has been Judge of the Supreme Court of New Zealand, Judge of the Supreme Court of Fiji (1981-2), President of the Court of Appeal of Western Samoa (1982) and of the Cook Islands (1994), and the Hong Kong Court of Appeal, judicial member of the Privy Council and a Court of Appeal in the House of Lords. A member of the International Commission of Jurists his writing includes the Hamlyn Lectures on Turning Points in the Common Law (1997).
4. J.B. Dadachanji is one of India's leading lawyers who has practised in the Supreme Court almost since its inception. As the head of one of the leading Solicitor Firms in the Country - J.B. Dadachandji and Co., he is known for his expertise in diverse fields of law, has appeared in innumerable courts and tribunals all over the country and is known for his deep interest in matters relating to law and justice.
5. Gobind Das is a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India. He was Advocate-General of Orissa twice, once in 1980's and again in 1998. He is the author of Justice in India (1967) and Supreme Court in Quest of Identity (1987).
6. Ashok H. Desai is a Senior Advocate practising in the Supreme Court of India. Between 1996 and 1998, he was Attorney-General for India and in 1989-90 the Solicitor-General of India. He was educated in Pune, Bombay and London and called to the Bar in England. Among other positions he has held are : legal correspondent, Times of India; Professor, Law College, Bombay and Bombay College of Journalism. He has contributed to The Constitutional Law of India, to International Libel Hand-book; to India Fast Forward and to Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law.
7. Rajeev Dhavan was called to the Bar in India and England, and is now a Senior Counsel practising in the Supreme Court of India. Educated at Allahabad, Cambridge and London Universities, he has taught at Queen's University (Belfast) and at the University of West London, with visiting and other assignments at the Universities of London, Austin, Madison and Delhi. An Honorary Professor of the Indian Law Institute, the Director of Public Interest Legal Support and Research Centre (PILSARC) and a member of the International Commission of Jurists, he is the author of many books and articles on constitutional law, policy and public affairs.
8. Anil B. Divan is a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India and Vice-President of the Bar Association of India. He has argued a number of landmark cases, some of them as amicus curiae. A former President of the Law Association of the Asia and Pacific (LAWASIA), Mr. Divan is associated with several international professional bodies.
9. Marc Galanter is John and Rylla Bosshard Professor of Law and South Asia Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A leading figure in the empirical study of the legal system, he has conducted extensive research on litigation, lawyers and courts in India and in the United States. He has served as editor of the Law and Society Review and President of the Law and Society Association. His major works on India are Competing Equalities : Law and the Backward Classes (1984) and Law and Society in Modern India (1989). During 2000, he will serve as Centennial Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics.
10. Indira Jaising is a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India. She has been a fellow of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies London and a visiting scholar at Columbia University. She is the Secretary of the Lawyers Collective, an organization of Lawyers, and students which deals with socio-legal issues of Public interest, and is the editor of a monthly magazine 'The Lawyers' which deals with issues connected with law and social justice.
11. Ram Jethmalani is, presently, the Law Minister of India. Called to the bar in 1941 and having practised in the Supreme Court of India and other courts, he has taught law in Bombay, Michigan and at the National Law School, Bangalore. A former President of the Bar Council of India, he has been elected to the Lok Sabha in 1977 and 1984; and for two successive terms in the Rajya Sabha in 1994 and the year 2000. He has written widely on Law and public affairs.
12. Claire L'Heureux-Dube is a Judge of the Supreme Court of Canada. She received her LL.L from Laval University (1951) before being called to the Quebec Bar (1952). She practiced law in Quebec city, before being appointed to the bench in 1973. She is the president of the International Commission of Jurists and actively involved in projects on judicial education.
13. Michael D. Kirby is a Justice of the High Court of Australia. Previously, he served as President of the Court of Appeal of New South Wales and of the Solomon Islands, a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia, Deputy President of the Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission and Chairman of the Law Reform Commission. He serves on the Ethics Committee of the Human Genome Organization and the International Bioethics Committee of UNESCO. Other recent posts include President of the International Commission of Jurists and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Human Rights in Cambodia. In 1998 he was named Laureate of the UNESCO Prize for Human Rights Education.
14. B.N. Kirpal, who is a Judge of the Supreme Court of India since 1995 was a Judge of the High Court of Delhi (1979-93), the Chief Justice of Gujarat (1993-95) and inquired into the air crash of the Air India plane, the 'Kanishka', off the coast of Ireland in 1985. His writings include papers and contributions to meetings and colloquia in India and abroad on taxation, intellectual property, the environment and various aspects of private and public law.
15. Inder Malhotra is a veteran journalist and author who also appears regularly on radio and television. During a career spanning half a century, he has been chief political commentator, later deputy editor, of The Statesman, the correspondent in India of The Guardian and editor of The Times of India, New Delhi. He is now a syndicated columnist. He is both a Nehru Fellow and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. His publications include Indira Gandhi : A Personal & Political Biography (1989); and India : Trapped in University (1991). He is working on a book on Indian Security, Past, Present and Future.
16. S. Murlidhar was enrolled as an Advocate in 1984 in Chennai and has been practising in the Supreme Court of India since 1987. Designated as amicus curiae by the Supreme Court in several public interest litigations, he has recently been nominated a member of the Supreme Court Legal Service Committee and writes widely on various legal and public matters including a well known Annual Survey of Public Interest Law.
17. Fali S. Nariman is a Senior Advocate, practising at the Supreme Court of India. The President of the Bar Association of India, he has held, or continues to hold, positions in various organizations including : the International Council for Commercial Arbitration, the International Court of Arbitration, International Commission of Jurists, and the Law Association for Asia and the Pacific (LAWASIA). A former Additional Solicitor-General of India, he was honoured by the country's President with a Padma Bhushan for distinguished service in the field of jurisprudence. In November 1999, he was nominated to the Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of the Indian Parliament.
18. Ranjit S. Narula is a Senior Advocate who practised before the Federal Court of India from 1943-50; and, thereafter, in the Supreme Court from 1950. He has been a Judge and, later, Chief Justice of the Punjab High Court. A human rights activist, and the author of several books, articles and papers, he has taught at several universities and colleges and was conferred the distinction of being a 'Living Legend of the Law' by the International Bar Association.
19. Raju Ramachandran is a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India, who specialises in public law, has appeared in several landmark cases before the Supreme Court of India, is a member of the General Council of the National Law India University, Bhopal and the Governing Body of the Consumer Education and Research Centre, Ahmedabad and has written frequently in India's leading newspapers.
20. M. Jagannadha Rao is Judge of the Supreme Court of India. He practised as a lawyer in the Andhra Pradesh High Court from 1960. He has been a Judge of the Andhra Pradesh High Court (1982-1991), Chief Justice of the High Court of Kerala (1991-1994) and Chief Justice of the High Court of Delhi (1994-1997) before being appointed as Judge of the Supreme Court of India in 1997.
21. P.P. Rao is a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India whose areas of interest are constitutional law and administrative law, He has appeared in several leading cases involving the interpretation of the Indian Constitution on behalf of state governments. Co-author of 'Emergency and Law' and the chapter on 'Union Judiciary' in the authoritative 'Constitutional Law of India" published by the Bar Council of India Trust he writes widely on law and justice. Before joining the Bar, he was a law teacher in the University of Delhi.
22. Harish N. Salve is a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court. He is currently the Solicitor-General of India. He has appeared in several leading constitutional cases in the Supreme Court and was privileged to be appointed amicus curiae to the Supreme Court in several matters relating to the environment.
23. B. Sen was called to the Bar in 1946, practised before the Privy Council and Federal Court and now in the Supreme Court of India. Designated a Senior Advocate in 1956; he served as Legal Adviser to the Ministry of External Affairs 1956 to 1966 and later as Secretary-General of an inter-governmental organization from 1980 to 1987. He is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge Research Centre for International Law and a Member of the Council of UNIDROIT. His publications include A Diplomats Handbook on International Law and Practice. He was decorated with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star.
24. Atul M. Setalvad is a Senior Advocate, Practising principally in the Bombay High Court since 1958. He specialises in constitutional and administrative law as also the law of indirect taxes and company law. He has written extensively and has edited, jointly with his father M.C Setalvad, Mulla' s Transfer of Property Act, 1882. He also extensively appears in public interest litigation in the fields of human rights and the environment.
25. Soli Sorabjee is a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India and Attorney-General for India, who has appeared in many landmark constitutional cases since the 1960s. An ardent champion of human rights, Mr Sorabjee was, until 1999, the United Nations' Special Rapporteur on Nigeria, and is currently a member of that organization's Sub-Commission for the Prevention of Discrimination and the Protection of Minorities. He has served on the boards of several international non-governmental organizations, including Article XIX, Interights, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, and the Commonwealth Lawyers' Association. A prolific writer, Mr. Sorabjee contributes frequently to leading Indian newspapers, and is the author of the Law of Press Censorship in India (1976).
26. Gopal Subramanium is a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court, was educated in the Delhi University, called to the bar in 1980 and designated a Senior Advocate in 1993. He has appeared in a large number of courts and tribunals throughout India on diverse areas of law and has been invited by the Supreme Court as amicus curiae in various matters of national importance. Counsel to the Verma Commission (1991), which dealt with the security lapses relating to the assassination of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and the Wadhwa Commission (1999), which inquired into the murder of the Australian missionary Reverend Staines, he takes a sustained interest in matters relating to law, justice and the Constitution.
27. Lord Templeman was educated at Cambridge University, served in the Indian army (1941-61), called to bar in 1947, designated a Queens Counsel in 1964, Attorney-General of the Duchy of Lancaster, a Judge of the Chancery Division of the High Court (1972-1978), and a Member of Court of Appeal (1978-82) before he became a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary in the House of Lords (1982-1994). He has served as a member of various commissions and tribunals, has been the President of the Senate of the Inns of Court and is an Honorary Member of the American and Canadian Bar Associations.