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Anurag K Agarwal

A Harvard Law School graduate, Anurag K. Agarwal has been the first recipient of the Marti Mannariah Gurunath Outstanding Teacher Award at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. His teaching, consulting, and research interests include business leadership, negotiation, strategy & law, infrastructure & PPPs, contracts & arbitration, banking, intellectual property, medico-legal issues in healthcare and related issues.


He has authored four books: “Business Law for Managers: Kaleidoscopic Tales” Penguin Random House 2018; “Business Leadership and Law” Springer 2017; “Contracts and Arbitration for Managers” Sage 2016 and “Business and Intellectual Property” Penguin Random House 2010. He writes a weekly column “Lawfully Yours”, for DNA Ahmedabad.


Graduated as Mechanical Engineer in 1990 from Motilal Nehru Regional Engineering College, Allahabad – now known as Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology –and started his career with Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, where he worked for less than a year. Thereafter, he studied law at the Lucknow University, where he completed Bachelor (LL.B.) – Gold Medallist at the college, Master (LL.M.) – Gold Medallist at the University, and Doctor (LL.D.) of Laws. He went to the Harvard Law School for a second Master of Laws (LL.M.). He practised as an Advocate at Lucknow for about seven years and at Delhi for about a year and a half. He switched over to full-time teaching in 2004, with a brief stint at Management Development Institute, Gurgaon, and joined IIMA in October 2004.


He has conducted sessions in several executive education programmes, both open enrolment and customised. Some of the prominent clients have been (alphabetically): Armed Forces, Aviva Insurance, Bank of India, Bennett Coleman & Co. Ltd. (BCCL), Canara Bank, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC), Central Warehousing Corporation, Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), Cummins, Food Corporation of India (FCI), Godrej & Boyce, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Hindustan Construction Company, IOT Infrastructure and Energy Services, Indian Academy of Highway Engineers, Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Audit &Accounts Service (IA&AS), Indian Economic Service (IES), Indian Oil Corporation, Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Railways, Indian Revenue Service (IRS), Indian Trade Service (ITS), Labour Commissioners, Larsen & Toubro (L&T), Madhya Pradesh Electricity, Madhya Pradesh Government Officers, Metals and Minerals Trading Corporation of India (MMTC), National Entrepreneurship Network, National Informatics Centre (NIC), Pepsi, Planning Commission (erstwhile), Rajasthan Electricity, South Asia Forum for Infrastructure Regulation, Steel Authority of India Limited, Tata Management Training Centre, Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Torrent, Welspun Energy, Zydus Cadila, etc.


He has been the Chairperson of the One Year Post-Graduate Programme in Management for Executives PGPX, Business Policy Area, and the Post Graduate Programme in Public Management and Policy PGP-PMP.


He is a visiting faculty at National Judicial Academy Bhopal, Gujarat State Judicial Academy Ahmedabad, Gujarat National Law University Gandhinagar, and ESSEC Paris.



  • LL.D. Doctor of Laws (Lucknow University) – Intellectual Property
  • LL.M. (Harvard Law School) – Intellectual Property, International Commercial Arbitration, Corporate Law
  • LL.M. (Lucknow University) – Law of Arbitration
  • B.E. (NIT, Allahabad) – Mechanical Engineering


  • Business Policy Area, IIM, Ahmedabad (October 2004)

  • Management Development Institute, Gurgaon, Business Law Area(March to October 2004)

  • Part-Time Faculty at Lucknow University, Faculty of Law (1999-2001)


  • Member of Indian Council of Arbitration (since 1998)

  • Founder President, Progressive Young Lawyers’ Forum (1997)

  • Member, Center for Infrastructure Policy and Regulation

  • Practicing lawyer in Lucknow and Delhi (1994 – 2004)

  • Oudh Bar Association (1995-2004)

  • Central Bar Association (1994-2004)


  • International Business Dispute Resolution
  • Arbitration
  • Law and Infrastructure
  • Intellectual Property
  • Corporate Governance
  • Public Policy and Administration

Current Research:

  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer


  • Role of Arbitration in Resolving Intellectual Property Disputes in Technology Sector, Gujarat Law Herald; Vol. XXVI, Part I, Issue 3, pp. 15-20; 2006(1) GLH 15 
  • Strengthening ‘Lok Adalat’ Movement in India, All India Reporter; 2006 March; AIR 2006 Journal 33 – 40.
  • IPR is a much sought-after career, Bio Spectrum; Vol. 4, Issue 3 – Students’ Special – Supplement, March 2006; p.26.
  • Patent Length for a new molecule: Is a 20-year term justified?, Modern Pharmaceuticals, Mumbai, Published in association with Ringier; Vol.1, No. 1, February-March, 2006; p.17
  • Competition Law in India: Make Haste Slowly, Corporate Law Cases, December 2005; 2005 CLC Journal 609 – 616.
  • Legal Aspects of Data Protection, Paradigm, Vol. IX No. 1, January – June, 2005, Journal of IMT, Ghaziabad
  • Resolving Domain Name Disputes, Business Cognizance, IIIT, Allahabad, Vol. I, Issue 7, Oct.-Dec., 2005, available at http://mba.iiita.ac.in/novdec05/brainwave_4.html
  • Need for Data Protection Law, The Hindu, May 24, 2005
  • Legislature, Judiciary should work in tandem, The Times of India, Ahmedabad, March 15, 2005
  • Software Patent, Business Cognizance, IIIT, Allahabad, Vol. I, Issue II, Jan.-Feb., 2005, available at http://mba.iiita.ac.in/janfeb05/brainwave_software.htm
  • Moral Rights in Copyright Law, (2003) 8 Supreme Court Cases (J) 19 – 24.
  • India’s Journey1 From Process To Product Patents: The Legal Perspective, LL.D. Thesis, Law Faculty, Lucknow University. Epitome in Institute for Judicial Training and Research (IJTR), Lucknow Quarterly Digest (Jan.-Apr. ’02), p.188 and 2003CLC(J)178 [CLC = Corporate Law Cases, an AIR publication].
  • Judiciary  – Delay & Denial: with special reference to the Ayodhya dispute, Harvard Law School, Prof. John Mansfield, May 2002.
  • Of powdered wigs and black coats, Harvard Law Record, April 2002.
  • Unlocking economic opportunity in the South through local content, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School, Jan. 2002. Available at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/openeconomies/oknliability.html and Climate for Litigation in India, Open Economies Project, Berkman Center. ‘oneworld.net’ pilot project for providing access to internet to people in Pondicherry, India.
  • Patenting Of Pharmaceuticals And Impact On Availability With Reference To Cipro Shortage, written in the backdrop of Doha Declaration, post 9/11 anthrax scare and the Brazil – U.S. patent dispute regarding local working, Harvard Law School, Prof. Frank Porcelli, Jan. 2002.
  • Geographical indications – their importance and role in the development of intellectual property rights in India, 2001CLC(J)258 
  • Public Smoking is unconstitutional: The Times of India, November 29, 1999, Available at http://www.healthlibrary.com/news/29-5dec99/smoke.htm
  • Justice Delayed is Justice Denied – Speedy Justice Through Arbitration, AIR1999Journal177. Earlier, presented at the All India Seminar on Judicial Reforms, Supreme Court Advocates-on-Record Association, New Delhi, December 4 – 6, 1998.
  • Role of Arbitration in Speedy, Inexpensive and Efficacious Settlement of Business Disputes, LL.M. Dissertation, Lucknow University, 1998.
  • Role of Arbitrator(s) In The Changing Legal And Economic Scenario of India, AIR1998Journal53.


Columns in Newspapers: Have authored the following weekly/fortnightly columns in The Times of India and The Hindustan Times, Lucknow editions during 1997 – 2001:
  • Caveat Emptor –   based on queries by consumers regarding consumer protection.
  • Lawfully Yours –  based on recent judgments by the Supreme Court and the High Courts
  • Admark – based on the legal perspective in the advertising and marketing world
  • Environment – law and decisions in the field of environment
  • Obiter Dicta – snippets from the world of law
  • Constitution – a series on the constitution of India, targetted towards students
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