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About the Centre
The Sports Law & Policy Centre, Bengaluru is an independent think-tank focused on interdisciplinary research, scholarship, education and institutional support for public and private enterprises in areas relating to the legal, policy and ethical issues affecting amateur and professional sports in India.
The Centre was formed as a collaboration between non-profit GoSports Foundation and the law firm LawNK and comprises a group of professionals with extensive knowledge of and experience working in the sports ecosystem in India.

 

While sport in India is developing at a rapid pace, there exists room for legal debate and inquiry into the laws and policies that surround organised sports. The Centre aims to provide the relevant legal infrastructure and to provide a forum for study, analysis and understanding of the subject. The Centre aims to provide thought leadership, to encourage public debate and to bring knowledge-backed decision making into the national sports ecosystem by creating a forum for study, analysis and sharing of expertise.

Research Team
Nandan Kamath

 

Nandan is a graduate of Harvard Law School, the University of Oxford (on a Rhodes scholarship) and the National Law School of India. He was an avid cricketer at the junior level, representing the India Under-16’s and captaining the Karnataka state team.

Roshan Gopalakrishna

 

Roshan graduated with a B.A., LL.B (Hons.) from NLSIU. Roshan is a member of the task group set up by the Karnataka Knowledge Commission to draft a comprehensive Sports Policy for the State. Roshan was selected as the Indian delegate for the Australia India Youth Dialogue 2015 and is a regular contributor for SportzLaw Monthly and lawinsport.com on issues relating to law and sport in India. His research interests at the Centre focus on Sports Governance, Policy and Regulation.

Abhinav Shrivastava

 

Abhinav graduated with a B.A., LL.B (Hons) from NALSAR University of Law and received an LL.M in Regulation and Technology from King’s College London. While at King’s, he was awarded the ‘Dickson Poon School of Law Prize for the Best Student on the LLM in Regulation and Technology 2011/12’. His research interests at the Centre focus on sports regulation and governance, and the instance and influence of technology in sports.

Shibumi Raje

 

Shibumi graduated with a B.S.L., LL.B from ILS Law College, Pune, and received an LL.M in Media Law from Queen Mary, University of London, where she received the Centre for Commercial Law Studies LL.M Scholarship in 2011. She has written various articles on topics such as doping regulations, sports event blackout regulations, sports broadcasting, and safety in sports. Her research interests at the Centre focus on ethics in sports and sports dispute resolution.

R. Seshank Shekar

 

Seshank graduated with a B.B.A., LL.B from Symbiosis Law School, Pune and has written several articles on topics such as the tax treatment of athletes, fair play, gender determination and issues related to drug testing in sport. His research interests at the Centre focus primarily on sports business and commerce, and the interplay of these areas with sports law and policy.

Shan Kohli

 

Shan graduated with a B.A. LLB from the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. She has published articles on sports governance and the interplay between sports and intellectual property law in various publications. Her research interests include sports governance, gender & sport and analysing best practices in setting up appropriate talent policy frameworks with a special focus on Olympic and Paralympic sport.

Nihal Zachariah

 

Nihal graduated with a B.A. LL.B (Hons.) from Gujarat National Law University in 2013. He has written articles on the interplay of competition law and sport, and rights protection at major sporting events. His research interests at the Centre focus on sports as a medium of societal inclusion, and the laws and policies related to access, safety and equal opportunity in sport

Anirban Saikia

 

Anirban graduated with a B.A., LLB (Hons) from the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. He is an equestrian, having won the Junior National Equestrian Championship (Endurance) and represents his state in various equestrian competitions. He has also been involved in the development of the sport in the Northeast of India since 2011 as part of the Equestrian Federation of Assam. His research interests at the Centre focus on Sports Integrity, including doping, match-fixing, conflict of interest, etc.

Abhijeet Dangat

 

Abhijeet graduated with a B.B.A., LL.B from Symbiosis Law School, Pune and studied a course on Introduction to Corporate Law and Governance at London School of Economics’ Summer School. He has obtained a Diploma in Cyber Law from Government Law College, Mumbai in association with Asian School of Cyber Laws, Pune. His research at the Centre focuses primarily on Sports Broadcasting.