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Prof. (Dr.) Ruhi Paul


LL.M-Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar (Punjab)


Ph. D. –  NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad

Ruhi Paul is a Professor of Law at the National Law University, Delhi. She has been teaching ADR and other courses both at the NALSAR, Hyderabad and at NLU, Delhi to both graduate and under-graduate students since 2006. She is the Director of the Centre for ADR at NLU, Delhi since 2008. She is awarded Research Fellowship at Asian Law Institute (ASLI), National University, Singapore for 2018-19 for research is Designing Evaluation Systems for Court Annexed Mediation Centre in India. She is also the co-ordinator for DIAC and NLU Delhi’s first jointly offered online Diploma course in Law & Practice of Arbitration.

She is a trained mediator and certified arbitrator. She has also had the experience of working at the chambers of Shri. Vipin Sanghi (now CJ of Uttarakhand HC) and Shri. Arun Kumar (now Judicial Officer). She has held various administrative positions at both NALSAR and NLU Delhi.

Her interest in mediation dates back to her Master of Laws degree. Her dissertation was on Online Dispute Resolution which was a relatively new area of research in India in 2004. Her doctoral thesis was first of its kind in India. She undertook the study of the working of the Mediation Centres established in Delhi.

She was invited by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Mediation Bill 2021 to offer opinion on the Bill and most suggestions given were accepted and the Bill was amended. She was invited to offer comments/suggestions for World Bank Group’s new initiative ‘Business Enabling Environment’ Pre-concept note in respect of dispute resolution.

She has been actively engaged in various research projects with various departments of the Government of India, which included Sub-National Governance, Legal Assistance Programme for Land, Village Peace Makers Programme, ProBono work, among others. She also ran a technology driven clinic on legal aid for women in distress along with the Ministry of Women & Child Welfare. She was a member of the drafting committee of the Global Educational Law Forum (GELF) for drafting a Global Agenda for Education Rights.

She is editor and peer reviewer of number of reputed Journals. She has presented several research papers in various national and international conferences. She has conducted workshops for training faculty members in Teaching ADR methods. She has been regularly invited for delivering lectures on ADR Methods to the Judicial Academy and to Government Departments. She has designed course modules on ADR for various organizations. Her current research is on how to evaluate mediation services provided by the courts and how to address emerging challenges like ethics in mediation, regulation of private mediation, accreditation of mediators, necessity of a law on mediation, etc.


Areas of Interest

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Procedural Laws