VIBHA DATTA MAKHIJA
Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India, [B.A., LL.B., LL.M. (Georgetown University Law Center, Washington D.C.)], was designated a senior advocate along with two other women by the Supreme Court in September 2013. Her legal forte lies in the areas of constitutional and criminal law. Her litigation practise also extends widely in the fields of education law, arbitration, and insolvency laws.
She joined the bar in 1992 as an Associate of Late Shri Arun Jaitley, former Finance Minister of India and now has an extensive practise at the Supreme Court. She was appointed Vice Chairperson of the National Anti-Doping Appellate Panel in November 2019, and served as the Chairperson of the NADA Appellate Panel from 2017 to 2021. She was appointed Standing Counsel for State of Madhya Pradesh in the year 2000, and continued so till she was designated in 2013.
She has previously served as a member of the National Legal Services Authority from 2013 to 2015. She is also actively involved in legal service activities of the Supreme Court Legal Services Committee. Ms. Makhija is active in the gender sensitisation activities at the Supreme Court. It was pursuant to the writ petition filed by her and Ms. Binu Tamta that the Gender Sensitisation Rules were framed, and the Gender Sensitisation Committee was set up in the Supreme Court.
She completed her undergraduate studies at the Lady Sri Ram College for Women, New Delhi, and obtained her LL.B. degree from the Campus Law Centre, New Delhi. She obtained her Masters in Law (International & Comparative Law) from Georgetown University Law Centre, Washington DC, and currently serves as a Member of the Asian Law Alumni Advisory Board (AALAB) of the University since 2017.
Advocate, Supreme Court of India, [B.A. LL.B. (Hons.), LL.M. (Georgetown University Law Center, Washington D.C.)], Aneja is a practicing advocate at New Delhi and an International Legal Consultant. He has worked as a Judicial Law Clerk-cum-Research Assistant for Justice Dr. A. K. Sikri (Retd.) at the Supreme Court of India. In this position, he assisted in a wide array of matters concerning Constitutional Law, Commercial Law, Privacy Law, and Human Rights, and in notable judgments including legalizing passive euthanasia, challenging the AADHAR scheme and deciding the constitutional status of the national capital territory of Delhi.
Focusing on using law as a tool to empower evidence based public health practices, Aneja also specializes in Global Health Law. He works closely with national governments, policy organizations, public-private partnerships, and international institutions. Aneja has advised governments and drafted key legislations and national policies for countries in the Asia-Pacific. In 2020, he was conferred the title ‘Scholar’ by the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Washington D.C. His key areas of interest include health emergency preparedness and response, public-private partnerships, information privacy law and data protection, and legal interventions to reduce key non-communicable disease risk factors, including tobacco, alcohol, unhealthy diets, and physical inactivity. Aneja has worked on projects with the World Health Organisation, the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law (Washington D.C.), the World Bank, CEPI, the Public Health Foundation of India, the Centre for Reproductive Rights (Washington D.C.), GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance (Geneva), and Centre for International Trade and Economic Laws (Delhi).
Aneja holds a Masters of Law in Global Health Law and International Institutions from Georgetown University and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. He was awarded the Georgetown University Global Health Law Scholar Award for his Masters program. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Medical Law and Ethics (PGDMLE) from National Law School of India University, and a B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) from the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi, India. Aneja has completed training and certificate courses on International Trade Law and Intellectual Property Law from the World Trade Institute, the World Intellectual Property Organisation, and the National Institute for Intellectual Property Management (Nagpur, India). He is admitted to the Bar Council of Delhi, and is a member of the Supreme Court Bar Association and the Delhi High Court Bar Association.
Bhumika obtained her first-class LL.M. from the University of Cambridge (2019-20) as a Cambridge Trust scholar and B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) from Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies (2013-18) as a university gold medalist. She is presently a full-time junior research fellow at the inter-disciplinary Centre for Business Research, Cambridge Judge Business School. Her focus areas include law and technology, AI applications in law, computation of law, and philosophy of information.
As a research fellow at Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy, Singapore Management University she is developing a digital readiness index for online dispute resolution platforms. She also beta-tests and structures online courses on interest-based negotiation through her work at The Negotiation Academy. During her LL.M., she served as an Editor for the Cambridge International Law Journal and was awarded the St. Edmund’s college prize for her examination results.
She has previously worked in trade policy for the Indian government at the Centre for WTO Studies where her primary focus area was trade remedies. While at the Centre, she published her book ‘Anti-Dumping in the Globalized World: Law and Practice of Anti-Dumping Duty Circumvention’ which was jointly launched by the Centre and Wolters Kluwer in June 2019. She has published on a variety of intersecting issues in international economic laws, international intellectual property, negotiation theory, and law and economics at national and international forums such as Cambridge International Law Journal and Trade, Law and Development. Outside her work, she is a trained Indian classical dancer and enjoys spoken word poetry.
Advocate, Supreme Court of India [B.Sc(H), LL.B], commenced his law practise in 2019 at the Supreme Court of India, New Delhi. He graduated from Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi and then went on to pursue bachelors of law from Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi. He is currently an Associate at the chambers of Mr. Siddharth Bhatnagar, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India.
Mr. Sidhra is actively involved in voluntary initiatives and is presently an Advisory Member of the Mandate Project, a platform educating the masses on issues of national importance and promoting public participation in policy formulation by the Indian government. He was a Research Associate with the BringIndiansHome Initiative, which provided legal assistance to Indian citizens affected by the travel ban during the Covid-19 pandemic and needed legal assistance for the evacuation flights under the Vande Bharat Mission.
Mr. Sidhra has obtained a certification in the General Course on Intellectual Property conducted by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). He was an avid mooter and won the 1st edition of the prestigious CLC-CCI Moot Court Competition on Competition Law.
Advocate, Supreme Court of India [B.A. LL.B., LL.M. (Maritime Laws, National University of Singapore)], has an experience of a practicing lawyer spanning over 10 years, and is also an Advocate on Record on the rolls of the Supreme Court of India. She has a robust Supreme Court practice, and specializes in consumer laws, arbitration and maritime disputes wherein she has successfully advised and represented Indian and foreign clients before various fora including the Supreme Court of India, High Court of Delhi, National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, National Company Appellate Tribunal.
With an eye for detail coupled with analytical legal advisory, Jaikriti has been able to build a niche litigation and dispute resolution practice in New Delhi and NCR Region. She conducts pre-litigation mediations before the Delhi Mediation Centre to bring a quietus to the disputes before they culminate into litigation. Her in-depth research has contributed towards several reported judgments on significant issues.
Jadeja traces her career back to a meritorious graduation from the Indian Law Society’s Law College, Pune University. She is also a alumni of the National University of Singapore where she complete her Masters in Maritime Laws. She has been awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by ILS Law College in association with Law Commission of India for contribution in the Code drafting Project – ‘Amendment to Existing Rape Laws’- 2009 and is a ‘Justice J.S. Verma Scholar’ 2013 under the aegis of the Supreme Court Welfare Trust Fellowship.
Jadeja is active in pro-bono litigation, and has been appointed as amicus by the Supreme Court of India in the case regarding the issue of prosecution of a natural parent for the offense of kidnapping. Likewise, she is part of a Public Interest Litigation pending consideration before the Supreme Court for setting up vulnerable witness deposition court rooms across the country. She has also co-founded the Pune Chapter of Make a Difference, one of the biggest youth volunteer networks operating for the education of underprivileged children.
She has a passion for art and is a philatelist in her free time.
Advocate, Supreme Court of India [B.A. LL.B.], is a practising lawyer at the Supreme Court of India, New Delhi. Gaur completed his B.A. LL.B. from Karnataka State Law University in 2018. On completion of his education, he joined the chambers of Vibha Datta Makhija, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India.
He has worked as a Research Associate with the BringIndiansHome Initiative, a collective that took legal measures to persuade the Indian government to initiate evacuation flights for Indian citizens during the COVID-19 airspace lockdown in India.
Gaur has interest in diverse fields of law and in his litigation practice deals with cases involving Constitutional Law, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Law, Arbitration Law, Criminal Law, Civil Law, and Service Law.