Justice Kumar

Guest Lecture by Justice Swatanter Kumar, Supreme Court of India


On March 5, 2012, Justice Swatanter Kumar visited the University of Houston Law Center to speak with faculty and students. He joined the Climate Change Law class and offered his perspectives on the Indian Constitution, the structure of the Indian judiciary, and the potential application of public interest litigatio to environmental claims (including climate change).

Justice Kumar's lecture is available as a webcast at Kumar lecture.

Justice Swatanter Kumar, B.A., LL.B. (born 31 December 1947) is a judge of the Supreme Court of India.  Kumar enrolled as an Advocate with the Delhi Bar Council on 12 July 1971. He practiced in various High Courts and the Supreme Court, and served as an Additional District & Sessions Judge in the Himachal Pradesh High Court from February, 1983 till his resignation in October 1983, and thereafter resumed practice at New Delhi. He was appointed as an Additional Judge of the Delhi High Court on 10 November 1994, transferred to P&H on 30 November 1994, and was appointed as a permanent Judge on 30 November 1995. He transferred to Delhi on 4 October 2004 and was appointed as Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court on 31 March 2007.

The appointment of Kumar as a judge of the Supreme Court was announced by the Law and Justice Ministry in December 2009.