Name: Ashwani Kumar

Location: Delhi, India

Occupation: Indian politician, former Minister of Law and Justice and former Minister of State in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

Field of Expertise: Governance, global tax, science, technology, law and justice, commerce, industrial policy, and economic reform process in India

Ashwani Kumar is an Indian politician and an eminent legal counsel who has served as Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha), representing the state of Punjab. He formerly served as Minister of Law and Justice and Minister of State in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion and Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

Ashwani Kumar has earned his Bachelor's degree in Law (LLB) from Faculty of Law, Delhi University, and his Master´s degree in Philosophy (MPhil) from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. In 2004, Kumar was awarded a doctorate in Law from Punjab University. At the age of 34, the Supreme Court of India appointed him as a Senior Counsel, becoming one of the youngest advocates in India to be conferred the honor by the apex court.

Kumar was visiting Distinguished Fellow at the Trinity College, Dublin (2016) and has spoken at the Oxford Human Rights Hub, the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, University of Birmingham and King’s College London, among others.

Kumar authored his first book titled Law, Ideas and Ideology in Politics; Perspectives of an Activist in 2003. He has also written several scholarly articles on law; economic reforms; elections; democracy and international affairs. 

Kumar has travelled widely and delivered lectures and keynote addresses on global tax conflicts; science and technology; economic reform process in India; etc. He was leader of the Indian business and Government delegations to various countries and has been extensively interviewed on domestic and global issues by the print and electronic media including the BBC, CNN, The Times of London, Le Figaro, Les Echos and The Dawn (Pakistan).