Prof Dr S Shantha Kumar is the Director, Gujarat National Law University. He also served as the Pro Vice-Chancellor & Dean, School of Law of GD Goenka University. Prior to this, he has served as Dean, Faculty of Law at SGT University, Gurgaon; Director of ITM Law School, ITM University, Gurgaon; Associate Professor of Law and Controller of Examinations at Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur; Senior Lecturer at Government, Law College, Madurai; and Senior Lecturer at Government Law College, Chennai.

Before joining the legal academia he had practised at the Madras High Court for seven years. He is an alumnus of Madras University where he obtained his graduation, post-graduation and doctorate degree in law. His areas of specialization are Environmental Law, Human Rights Law, International Law, and Constitutional Law.

He has authored three books on Environmental Law and two books on Human Rights Law. He has published a number of research articles on contemporary legal issues in various reputed national and international journals and edited volumes. He has also presented papers and delivered keynote addresses in many national and international conferences in India and abroad.

He is also an active member of the International Association of Law Schools, USA. He has been awarded the “Environmental Law Champions Development Award” by the Asian Development Bank, Philippines