Law Faculty


Dean and Professor of Law
BAL, LL.B., LL.M., M.Phil., Ph.D.,
PG Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
PG Diploma in French and PG Diploma in IRPM and LW
British Chevening Scholar 2015-16

Benarji Chakka graduated with BAL., LL.B., from Andhra University; LL.M from School of Oriental African Studies (SOAS) University of London; M. Phil., and Ph. D., in international law from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. He also completed Postgraduate Certificate Course in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and Postgraduate Diploma in French Language, Literature and Culture from National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway, Republic of Ireland.

He was British Chevening Scholar at SOAS in 2015-16. He worked as Professor of Law at Alliance School of Law, Alliance University, Bangalore, Associate Professor of Law at Symbiosis Law School, Hyderabad; Associate Professor of Law and Registrar at National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam (NLUJAA), Lecturer at School of Law, National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway and worked as Legal Adviser to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Regional Delegation for South Asia, New Delhi, India and also worked as Research Associate at the Indian Society of International Law (ISIL).

He published three books in the field of international humanitarian law and international aviation and space law and several research articles in the reputed journals. He presented research papers in national and international conference and workshop; he has been invited by various Law schools and Universities in India to deliver Lectures; he was also invited by UGC Academic Staff colleges in India to deliver lecturers in the UGC Refresher and Orientation Programmes. He is associated as a judge with Philipp Jessup Moot Court Competition; Manfred Lachs International Space Law Moot Court Competition for Asia-Pacific Round; Stetson International Environmental Law Moot Court Competitions; Henry Dunant Memorial Moot Court Competition in India and South Asia Region; Price Media Law Moot Programme organised by University of Oxford. He participated as Researcher at the Centre for Studies and Research in International Law and International Relations in 2015 at The Hague Academy of International Law and recipient of The Doctoral Scholarship awarded by The Hague Academy of International Law.

Areas of Research Interest

  • Public International Law
  • International Aviation and Space Law
  • International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights Law and International Criminal Law
  • Transnational Organized Crime and Money
  • International Criminal Tribunals
  • Human Rights and Business
  • Law, Development and Globalization
  • Colonialism and International Law
  • Transitional Justice


Assistant Professor

Prof Ch. Amrita Gulshan pursued B.A., LL.B. (Hons) from M.S. Ramaiah College of Law, Bangalore and further pursued her masters ie.,LL.M. from Andhra University with International Law specialization in which she attained Smt. Kanugula Padmaja Sudheer Gold Medal for securing first rank in her batch and Prof Adivikolanu Sri Rama Chandra Rao Prize for academic excellence. She qualified UGC NET examination, a part from that she attended workshop conducted by UNDP on Bio Diversity in DSNLU. Her previous work experience in a law firm included her handling matters before Chief Justice of Kerala High Court Justice Antony Dominiq and had also independently handled various matters before High Courts and lower courts of Kerala and Hyderabad. She was an active participant in moot court, elocutions and sports. She also interned at various law firms in Bangalore including Fox Mandal. Her areas of research interest include International Law, International Trade Law, Space Law, Environmental Law, International Humanitarian Law and Human rights Law


Areas of Research Interest

  • International Law
  • International Trade Law
  • Space Law
  • Environmental Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • Human rights Law


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Prof. Avin Tiwari

Assistant Professor

Prof Avin Tiwari has joined the VSL as an Assistant Professor He is pursuing his doctoral research (PhD) from Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law, IIT Kharagpur, India. He has a master’s degree in law i.e, LLM with University Gold Medal from the University of North Bengal, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Law i.e, LLB from the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi. He is a professionally qualified Company Secretary – ICSI and the recipient of the Junior and Senior Research Fellowship in Law awarded by University Grants Commission for pursuing doctoral research. He has completed the ASEAN Law Academy Advanced Course 2021 on ASEAN Investment and Trade Laws with Educator Scholarship from the Center for International Law, National University of Singapore. His areas of research interest include, Corporate Laws, Taxation and Jurisprudence. He is an active member of professional and academic bodies like ICSI (India), IPPA (France), AsianSIL (Singapore) and IPIRA-Asia. He has publications in leading law journals and paper presentations at national and international conferences on diverse legal issues.

Prof. Pranav Anand Ojha

Assistant Professor

Prof. Pranav Anand Ojha has joined as Assistant Professor of Law at the VSL. He completed LL.B, from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi and LLM in Intellectual Property Law from National Law University, Jodhpur. In addition to being an avid researcher in the field of intellectual property rights, he has also taken part in many workshops related to this area. He has presented papers at national and international conferences. He is highly interested in conducting research on Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence. Having developed an interest in fundamental and human rights, he is currently conducting his Doctoral research at Maharashtra National Law University, Aurangabad (MNLUA), on the Rights of Indigenous Communities and their Protection under Intellectual Property Law.

Prof. Kirtika Sahu

Assistant Professor

Prof. Kirtika Sahu has done her B.A.LL.B. (Hons.) and LL.M. with specialization in Constitutional and Administrative Law from Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow. She has qualified UGC-NET in law and currently she is pursuing her Ph.D. from Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj University, Kanpur in Cyber laws. She has worked as a Research Assistant at Uttar Pradesh Human Rights Commission, Lucknow (UPHRC) and submitted her research report on the topic of Euthanasia. She has also been associated as a Content Editor and Editorial Writer with a law firm for a project where she wrote articles on various topics including politics, media, legal news, business and science and technology. Her articles were also published on the project website. She also has keen interest in Computers and has Computer related Diplomas and Certificates to her credit. Her areas of research interest include Constitutional law, Administrative law, Laws relating to Technology and Cyberspace, Media laws, Law of Evidence, Law of Torts and Consumer Protection and Laws relating to Women.

Prof. Kshama Pandey

Assistant Professor

Prof. Kshama Pandey is a legal scholar, an academician, and a lawyer. She has Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Barkatullah University-Bhopal and She has LL.B. from the Faculty of Law, Banaras Hindu University, and LL.M. from National Law Institute University, Bhopal. She has cleared UGC-NET during 2019-20. Prior to VSL she has served as a Researcher and Academic Tutor at O. P. Jindal Global Law School, Sonepat, and as an Assistant Professor at Presidency University, Bangalore. She has also worked with State Human Rights Commission Madhya Pradesh at Bhopal on a project titled as “A study on Child Beggars in the city of Bhopal, Indore, and Ujjain”. Her area of specialization is Constitutional and Administrative, Criminal Laws, Property Laws, Civil Procedural Laws, Contract Law, and Commercial Laws. She has a vivid interest in History and Economics and She adores having interactive discussions on History.

Prof. Ananthu S. Hari

Assistant Professor

Dr. Ananthu S Hari is a legal academic currently holding the position of Senior Grade Assistant Professor at the VIT-AP School of Law. He successfully completed his doctoral studies at the esteemed Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, in February 2023. His doctoral research was centered around the intricate domain of Geographical Indication protection in the context of post-TRIPS Free Trade Agreements in Asia. During his Ph.D, Dr. Ananthu received a full scholarship bestowed upon him by the Ministry of Human Resource Development of the Government of India. He holds a five-year integrated BBA LL.B (Hons.) degree from Mahatma Gandhi University’s renowned School of Indian Legal Thought. His academic journey embraced an exceptional milestone achieved during his LL.M. program at IIT Kharagpur, where he secured the first rank. Dr. Ananthu’s specialized focus during LL.M was on Intellectual Property Law, demonstrating his profound interest in this multifaceted field. His specific research interests within Intellectual Property Law encompass an array of critical areas, notably Geographical Indication, Traditional Knowledge, Biodiversity Protection, Comparative Copyright, Patent Strategies, Patent Management and the interface between Intellectual Property and International Trade. Dr. Ananthu has also translated this passion and expertise into a significant body of scholarly work, with his research findings being published in numerous prestigious national and international journals and scholarly volumes. In recognition of his contribution in the field, he had the privilege of serving as an IPR chair at the 20th ASLI (Asian Law Institute) Conference, a notable platform hosted by the esteemed National University of Singapore. Additionally, he has also been an active participant in multiple international and national conferences and seminars, where he has presented his research contributions. Dr. Ananthu teaches a diverse range of subjects, such as Intellectual Property Law, International Trade Law, New Labor Codes of India, Legal and Constitutional History of India, and Law, Internet, and Society. In addition to his teaching commitments, he actively coordinates Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) workshops, seminars, and hosts international and national guest lectures at VIT-AP University.

Prof. Anjali Yadav

Assistant Professor

Prof. Anjali Yadav completed her B.A.LL.B.(Hons.) from the Faculty of Law, Lucknow University in 2016. She also completed her Masters in law from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai in 2017 and specialises in Access to Justice. She has qualified UGC-NET in 2017. Currently, she is a full-time Research Scholar at the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi. She has an extensive interest in research and advocacy. She has worked with the State Government of Madhya Pradesh under Chief Ministers Young Professionals for Development Programme (CMYPDP) and has worked on research and policy issues like Ujjawala Yojna, Self Help Groups etc. Prior to joining VSL, VIT-AP She was an Assistant professor of Law, at Army Law College Pune wherein she dealt in subjects like Law of Tort and consumer protection law, International Economic Law, Investment and Securities Law, Legal and Constitutional History and Property and Easement Law. She was also a Faculty at Law Center-II of the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi where she taught Law of Contract, Partnership, Sale of Goods Act etc. She has also presented various papers at national and international conferences and has publications to her credit. She has also actively participated in various training, workshops and FDPs.

Prof. Sudhir Verma

Assistant Professor of Law

Prof. Sudhir Verma has completed M.Phil. and PhD in International Law at the Centre for International Legal Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi. He is an alumnus of Government Law College where he has completed BLS LLB, and holds LLM Degree in Environmental Law from University of Mumbai and he has qualified UGC NET in December 2014. Before joining VSL, VIT-AP University, he was a regular faculty at Symbiosis Law School NOIDA. He was also worked as Research Associate, Russia-Ukraine SPG at the India International Centre (IIC), New Delhi. At IIC, he is involved in research activities with Amb. K. P. Fabian. He has presented research papers in prestigious international conferences organized by International Law Association, Critical Legal Studies, Arctic University of Norway, Asian Society of International Law and Indian Society of International Law. In November 2022, he was awarded three years membership of Asian Society of International Law for his presentation at the Junior Scholars Workshop organized by Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore (NUS). He was awarded ICSSR doctoral fellowship for the years 2018-2020. At JNU he was the student head of JNU Photography Club. His core research and interest areas include International Legal Theories, Public International Law, Private International Law, International Trade Law, International Investment Law, Philosophy of Law, Critical Legal Studies, Environmental Law and International Relations theories.

Prof. Malavika Ganta

Assistant Professor of Law

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law, BA, LL.B from the Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU), Visakhapatnam. She completed the Master Degree in Law LL.M., from Jain University (JGI) Banglore, with specialization in Constitutional Governance and Administrative Processes. She qualified Andhra Pradesh State Eligibility Test in 2019, and is pursuing Doctorate (Ph.D) from GITAM University, Visakhapatnam. She has 3 years of experience in Teaching and Research, and worked in the research area of Reproductive Rights of Women. She started her teaching assignment at VIT-AP School of Law (VSL) in may 2023.

Her areas of Research Interest are Constitutional law, Administrative law, Jurisprudence, Human Rights and Medical Laws.

Prof. Riti Naik

Assistant Professor of Law

She holds a Bachelor Degree in Law B.A.LLB. (Hons) with specialization in Intellectual Property Laws from School of Law, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar . She has completed a Masters Degree in Law, LL.M. with specialisation in Commercial and Corporate Laws from the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, (WBNUJS) Kolkata. She has qualified for both UGC NET and JRF. Prior to the current assignment, she has served as an Assistant Professor of Law, CMR University, Bangalore. She also worked as Junior Research Fellow (UGC), at WBNUJS, Kolkata where she continued to pursue her Ph.D. In between she has practiced law before the Hon’ble High Court of Calcutta, Debt Recovery Tribunals and Consumer Forum. She has presented papers and various reputed national and international conferences. She has published research articles in national journals to her credit in the area of Traditional Knowledge, Intellectual Property and Environmental Laws.

Her areas of Research interest are Legal Protection of Traditional Knowledge, Community based Intellectual Property Laws, Constitutional Law