Aparna Viswanathan received her Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) degree from Harvard University and her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Michigan Law School. She is called to the Bar in three U.S. jurisdictions (New York, Washington D.C., California), in India and the Bar in England (of Lincoln’s Inn). She is fluent in French, Spanish and Italian and advises clients in these languages.

Ms. Viswanathan began her career as a corporate attorney with the law firm of Reid & Priest in New York City and prepared contractual agreements for European and Latin American companies doing business in the United States. Ms. Viswanathan subsequently worked as a litigator with the law firm of Hancock, Rothert & Bunshoft in Los Angeles and represented large U.S. companies in products liability and insurance coverage litigation in the California Superior Court and U.S. District Court. In 1994, Ms. Viswanathan began to assist Senior Counsel in the Supreme Court of India and, in 1995, founded Viswanathan & Co., Advocates with offices in New Delhi and Bangalore. Since then, she has advised over 100 major multinational companies doing business in India and also argues cases before several High Courts in India and various arbitral tribunals.

Ms. Viswanathan is a widely published lawyer. In addition to over 70 by-lines in the Indian press from 1989 to 1994, including The Times of India, The Economic Times, The Business Standard and The Financial Express, she has published over 75 law journal articles on topics of both Indian and English company law, intellectual property, IT law, employment law and other issues in leading international law journals including the International Business Lawyer, the International Financial Law Review, BNA’s World Intellectual Property Report, World Telecom Law Report, World Food Regulation Review, Tax Planning International E-commerce, World Data Protection Report), Employment Law Journal, International Commercial and Company Law Review, Asian Business Review and others. She is also author of the book, “Outsourcing to India: Cross-Border Legal Issues,” published by Lexis-Nexis Butterworths in June 2008.

Ms. Viswanathan has been lecturing on U.S., Indian and English law at international for nearly two decades. In the early 1990s, Ms. Viswanathan gave a series of lectures on American law under the auspices of the Government of India, the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), the PHD Chamber of Commerce, the Computer Society of India and others. Since the year 2000, Ms. Viswanathan has lectured at conferences organized under the auspices of the International Bar Association, the Practicing Law Institute, New York, LAWASIA, the British Institute for International and Comparative Law, London, the Computer Law Association/ITECHLAW, and the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Paris. She is also an Officer of the Technology Committee of the International Bar Association.



Centre for the Study of Law and Governance
Jawaharlal Nehru University

Fifth Annual Distinguished Lecture


Professor Jane Kelsey
Auckland University, New Zealand

Embedding Neoliberalism in a Post-neoliberal World:
The role of free trade agreements

Professor B.S. Chimni
Chairperson, Centre for International Legal Studies, School of International Studies, JNU

Friday, 28 November 2008, 5.00 PM

School of Arts and Aesthetics Auditorium
Jawaharlal Nehru University

“Outsourcing to India – Cross-Border Legal Issues” by Aparna Viswanathan

“Outsourcing to India – Cross-Border Legal Issues” by Aparna Viswanathan

Lexis Nexis Butterworths Wadhwa cordially invites you to the celebration of the launch of the book, “Outsourcing to India – Cross-Border Legal Issues” by Aparna Viswanathan, a definitive reference guide to issues involved in drafting outsourcing contracts, including private international law, contract law, taxation, SEZs, data protection, IPRs, IT policy and industry-specific regulations for the telecom, financial services and other sectors.

Guest of Honor: Mr. Som Mittal, President, NASSCOM

Chief Guest: Professor Upendra Baxi, Professor of Law in Development, University of Warwick, England

Guest Speaker: Mr. Prasanto Kumar Roy, Chief Editor, Dataquest.

Date: Monday, November 24, 2008
Time: 6 p.m. onwards
Venue: Alliance Fran├žaise, 72 Lodi Estate, New Delhi 110003.

RSVP: ishu.oberoi@lexisnexis.com

Introducing Sonali Chitalkar

Sonali Chitalkar, lecturer in education, Amity Institute of Education, Amity University ,NOIDA. I am currently interested in Critical Race theories and their application to education (Curriculum and Pedagogy).

Introducing Professor Mortimer Sellers

Mortimer Sellers is Regents Professor of the University System of Maryland and Director of the University of Baltimore Center for International Law. He was educated at Harvard (A.B., J.D.) and Oxford (B.C.L., D.Phil.) and has written many books and articles on international law, constitutional law, and legal theory (see http://law.ubalt.edu/template.cfm?page=680). Professor Sellers was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and a Frank Knox Fellow of Harvard University.

The Center for International and Comparative Law publishes the Springer Verlag book series "Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice" and cooperates with the American Society of International Law in editing the Cambridge University Press book series "ASIL Studies in International Legal Theory". The Center has research initiatives in human rights, democratic institutions, environmental law, competitive markets, intellectual property, and commercial transactions.

The University of Baltimore School of Law offers a J.D. concentration in International Law and a one-year LL.M. program for foreign law graduates on the Law of the United States, which mights be of particular interest to lawyers in India who wish to gain expertise in United States law.

Professor Sellers can be reached by email at mortimer.sellers@gmail.com.



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