Akhil is a qualified lawyer in India. He specialises in all aspects of international trade law, with a focus on WTO law and dispute-settlement.
Prior to joining VVGB, Akhil worked with a legal organisation in Geneva on international trade matters and advised two government ministries on economic law and policy. Previously, he has interned with the WTO, as well as with law firms and government institutions working in trade law in India.
He is also a Marie Curie Fellow at KU Leuven (Belgium) and writing a doctoral dissertation on compliance with WTO rulings. He holds bachelor's degrees in science and law from National Law University, Jodhpur (India) and a master's degree in international economic law and policy from the University of Barcelona School of Law.
Akhil has authored and presented many papers on WTO law and policy, and taught WTO law a a teaching assistant both in India and Belgium.
He is fluent in English, Hindi and Kashmiri.
- PhD in International Law (Candidate) KU Leuven
- LL.M. International Economic Law and Policy (IELPO), University of Barcelona School of Law
- B.Sc., LL.B. National Law University, Jodhpur
- Indian qualified lawyer (New Delhi Bar)
Publications & Events
EU and Global Economic Governance: A Leader without a Roadmap? (with Prof. Wouters) in Sixty Years of European Integration and Global Power Shifts: Perceptions, Interactions and Lessons (Julien Chaisse ed.) (Hart Publishing, 2020).
- Is the Rules-Based Multilateral Trade Order in Decline? – Current Practices, Trends, and their Impact (with Vineet Hegde and Prof. Wouters), 10 (1), Cambridge International Law Journal, 32 – 53 (2021).
- Legal Problems with Data Localization Requirements – The Case of the Russian Federation (with Simón Hernández), 15 (9) GLOBAL TRADE AND CUSTOMS JOURNAL, 445 – 459 (2020).
- What is a Safeguard Measure under WTO Law?, X (2), TRADE, LAW AND DEVELOPMENT, 463 - 481 (2018).
- The Evolution of EU Trade Law through the Prism of Competence: A Quantitative, Longitudinal Perspective (with Michal Ovádek), 53 (3), JOURNAL OF WORLD TRADE, 489 - 508 (2019).
- Meditations in an Emergency: The Appellate Body Deadlock – What It Is, Why It’s a Problem, and What to Do About It, 13 (9), GLOBAL TRADE AND CUSTOMS JOURNAL, 376 – 386 (2018).
- Multicolored in a Monochrome World: WTO and Conflicting Regulatory Purposes, 12 (7/8), GLOBAL TRADE AND CUSTOMS JOURNAL, 311 – 319 (2017).
- The Day the Music Died: Good Faith in WTO Dispute Settlement and the Curious Case of Peru – Agricultural Products, 11 (2), GLOBAL TRADE AND CUSTOMS JOURNAL, 71 – 85 (2016).
- The Question of Market Access in the field of Environmental Services: Determining and Defending its Scope, VI, INDIAN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC LAW, 84 – 122 (2014).
- Can the ICSID Convention be a Model Law for Investment Dispute Settlement? : A persistent series of Questions, 3(1), RGNUL FINANCIAL AND MERCANTILE LAW REVIEW, 9 – 20 (2016).
- The T(i)PP(ing) Point for Pharma: Why having TRIPS+ patentability requirements in the TPP is Bad News for Developing Countries, 22 (2), JOURNAL OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS, 76 – 82 (2017).
- In the Name of Arbitration: Reflecting Back and Looking Forward (with Arundathi Venkataraman), IV (1), INDIAN JOURNAL OF ARBITRATION LAW, 6 – 8 (2015).
- Compliance with WTO Rulings and Mutually Agreed Solutions: Problems, Theory, and a Case-Study of India, presentation at 8th Biennial Conference of the Asian Society of International Law (May, 2021).
- India and the EU at the WTO: Insights from Decision Compliance Levels, invited talk at round-table hosted by South Asian Democratic Forum (SADF), Belgium (February, 2020).
- Making Sense of the US Narrative in DS543 (China v. US), seminar co-hosted by KU Leuven and Waseda University (September, 2019).
- State of the (International Trade) Union: WTO Developments 2016 – Present, seminar at Centre for Global Governance Studies, KU Leuven (May, 2019).
- The T (i) PP(ing) Point for Pharma?, at the ‘Global IP Congress’ hosted by National Law University, Delhi (2015).
- Battling for Survival: India’s WTO dispute regarding the National Food Security Act, 2013 (with Abhinav Kumar), at a conference hosted by Gujarat National Law University (2014).
- Canada – Renewable Energy (Panel and AB Report), Elgar Encyclopaedia of Environmental Law, Vol. X, (Panagiotis Delimatsis and Leonie Reins eds.) (forthcoming, 2021).
- United States – Certain Measures Relating to the Renewable Energy Sector (Panel Report), OXFORD REPORTS ON INTERNATIONAL LAW (forthcoming, 2021).
- United States – Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Measures on Certain Coated Paper from Indonesia (Panel Report), OXFORD REPORTS ON INTERNATIONAL LAW (2018) ITL 168.
- The Future of Global Economic Governance: The EU, the WTO, and the Crisis of Multilateralism (with Prof. Wouters and Vineet Hegde), Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies Working Paper No. 219 (February, 2020).
With International Economic Law and Policy Blog
- TBT jurisprudence on track or off the rails?: The Case of Russia – Railway Equipment (17 May, 2019), https://www.linklaters.com/en/insights/blogs/tradelinks/tbt-jurisprudenceon-track-or-off-the-rails.
- China and Non-Market Economy Treatment: A Tale of Two Interpretations (24 August, 2018), https://www.linklaters.com/en/insights/blogs/tradelinks/china-and-non-market-economy-treatment-a-tale-of-two-interpretations.
- My morals, your trade, our WTO: Public Morals after Brazil – Taxation (31 May, 2018), https://www.linklaters.com/en/insights/blogs/tradelinks/my-morals-your-trade-our-wto-public-morals-after-brazil-taxation.
- Making and Breaking Deals? Priorities and Strategy in Trump’s Renegotiations (26 April, 2018), https://www.linklaters.com/en/insights/blogs/tradelinks/making-and-breaking-deals-priorities-and-strategy-in-trumps-renegotiations.
Unilateral Jurisdiction Clauses (Arbiter Dictum, 2014), https://arbiterdictum.wordpress.com/2014/03/.