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Dr DEVA, Surya

BA (Hons), LLB, LLM (Delhi)
PhD (Sydney)

Associate Professor

Member, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

Dr DEVA, Surya

Contact Information

Office: LI-6346
Phone: +(852)-3442-7370
Twitter: @ProfSuryaDeva

Research Interests

  • Business and Human Rights
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • International Human Rights
  • Sustainable Development

Publications (please visit SSRN page)



  • Background Paper for India’s National Framework on Business and Human Rights (London: Ethical Trading Initiative, 2016), pp. 64.
  • Access to Justice: Human Rights Abuses Involving Corporations – India (Geneva: International Commission of Jurists, 2011), pp. vi + 104.
  • Access to Justice: Human Rights Abuses Involving Corporations – The Peoples’ Republic of China (Geneva: International Commission of Jurists, 2010), pp. vi + 91.

Book Chapters

  • ‘Saving Clauses: The Ninth Schedule and Articles 31A to 31C’ in Sujit Choudhry, Madhav Khosla and Pratap Bhanu Mehta (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), pp. 627-643.
  • ‘Democracy and Elections in India: Reviewing the Role of the Election Commission and the Courts’ in Po Jen Yap (ed.), Judicial review of Elections in Asia (London: Routledge, 2016), pp. 38-56.
  • ‘Business and Human Rights, or the Business of Human Rights: Critical Reflections on Emerging Themes’ in Bård A. Andreassen. Võ Khánh Vinh (eds.), Duties Across Borders: Advancing Human Rights in Transnational Business (Antwerp: Intersentia, 2016), pp. 23-38.
  • ‘Multinationals, Human Rights and International Law: Time to Move beyond the ‘State-Centric’ Conception?’ in Jernej Letnar Černič and Tara Van Ho (eds.), Human Rights and Business: Direct Corporate Accountability for Human Rights (The Hague: Wolf Legal Publishers, 2015), pp. 27-49.
  • ‘Development, Sovereign Support to Finance and Human Rights: Lessons from India’ in Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky and Jernej Letnar Černič (eds.), Making Sovereign Financing and Human Rights Work (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2014), pp. 289-302.
  • ‘The Indian Constitution in the 21st Century: The Continuing Quest for Empowerment, Good Governance and Sustainability’ in Albert Chen (ed.), Constitutionalism in Asia in the Early Twenty-First Century (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014), pp. 343-366.
  • ‘Treating Human Rights Lightly: A Critique of the Consensus Rhetoric and the Language Employed by the Guiding Principles’ in Surya Deva and David Bilchitz (eds.), Human Rights Obligations of Business: Beyond the Corporate Responsibility to Respect? (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), pp. 78-104.
  • ‘Death Penalty in the “Rarest of Rare” Cases: A Critique of Judicial Choice-Making’ in Roger Hood and Surya Deva (eds.), Confronting Capital Punishment in Asia: Human Rights, Politics and Public Opinion (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), pp. 238-286.
  • ‘Taking Nature Seriously: Taming Corporate Profiteering by Guidelines and Principles?’ in Christina Voigt (ed.), The Rule of Law for Nature: New Dimensions and Ideas in Environment (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), pp. 312-328.
  • ‘Can Robots have Human Rights Obligations? An Exploration’ in Sam Muller et al (eds.), The Law of the Future and the Future of Law, vol. 2 (The Hague: TorkelOpsahl Academic EPublishers, 2012), pp. 185-193.
  • ‘Corporate Human Rights Violations: A Case for Extraterritorial Regulation’ in Christoph Luetge (Editor-in-Chief), Handbook of the Philosophical Foundations of Business Ethics (Springer, 2012), pp. 1077-1090.
  • ‘Constitutional Courts as Positive Legislators: The Indian Experience’ in Allan Brewer-Carias (ed.), Constitutional Courts as Positive Legislatures: A Comparative Law Study (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011), pp. 587-601.
  • ‘Child Labour: An Analysis of the Nature of Corporate Responsibility’ in Tonia Novitz & David Mangan (eds.), Role of Labour Standards in Development: Theory in Practice (Oxford: Oxford University Press/British Academy, 2011), pp. 106-21. 
  • ‘Corporate Human Rights Abuses: What Role for the National Human Rights Institutions?’ in Hitoshi Nasu & Ben Saul (eds.), Human Rights in the Asia Pacific Region: Towards Institution Building (London: Routledge, 2011), pp. 234-48.
  • ‘"Protect, Respect and Remedy": A Critique of the SRSG’s Framework for Business and Human Rights’ in Karin Buhmann, Lynn Roseberry & Mette Morsing (eds.), Corporate Social and Human Rights Responsibilities: Global Legal and Management Perspectives (Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), pp. 108-126
  • ‘Public Interest Litigation in India: A Quest to Achieve the Impossible?’ in Yap Po Jen & Holning S Lau (eds), Public Interest Litigation in Asia (London: Routledge, 2010), pp. 57-79.
  • ‘The State of Affirmative Action amidst Privatisation: Some Critical Reflections’ in Swati Deva (ed.), Law and (In)equalities: Contemporary Perspectives (Lucknow: Eastern Book Company, 2010), pp. 25-51.
  • ‘From 3/12 to 9/11: The Future of Human Rights?’ in Sujatha D (ed.), Fight Against Terrorism: Legal Responses (Hyderabad: The ICFAI University Press, 2008), pp. 145-160.
  • ‘Globalisation and its Impact on the Realisation of Human Rights: Indian Perspective on a Global Canvas’ in C Raj Kumar & K Chockalingam (eds.), Human Rights, Justice, and Constitutional Empowerment (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2007), pp. 237-263.
  • ‘Criminal Liability for Corporate Human Rights Abuses: Is the Rome Statute an Option?’ in RK Dixit et al (eds.), International Criminal Jurisprudence: Issues and Challenges (New Delhi: Indian Society of International Law, 2006), pp. 148-155.


  • ‘Sustainable Business and Australian Corporate Law: An Exploration’ (2016) 11 International & Comparative Corporate Law Journal, pp. 60-104.
  • ‘Child Labour: Should Companies “Stand at Bay” or “Enter the Water”?’ (2014) 56 Journal of Indian Law Institute, pp. 143-174.
  • ‘Socially Responsible Business in India: Has the Elephant Finally Woken Up to the Tunes of International Trends?’ (2012) 41 Common Law World Review, pp. 299-321.
  • ‘Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Implications for Companies’ (2012) 9:2 European Company Law, pp. 101-09.
  • ‘The Constitution of China: What Purpose Does It (Not) Serve?’ (2011) 2:2 Jindal Global Law Review, pp. 55-77.
  • ‘Sustainable Development: What Role for the Company Law?’ (2011) 8 International & Comparative Corporate Law Journal, pp. 76-102.
  • ‘The Role of Law in Hong Kong’s (De)Colonisation: A Critical Narrative’ (2010) Juridikum, pp. 300-310.
  • ‘The PRC Tort Law: A Big Step Forward?’ (2010) 2 City University of Hong Kong Law Review, pp. 383-395.
  • 'Public Interest Litigation in India: A Critical Review' (2009) 29 Civil Justice Quarterly, pp. 19-40.
  • ‘Does the Right to Property Create a Constitutional tension in Socialist Constitutions: An Analysis with Reference to India and China’ (2008) 1 NUJS Law Review, pp. 583-603.
  • ‘"Yahoo! for Good" and the Right to Privacy of Internet Users: A Critique’ (2008) 11:9 Journal of Internet Law, pp. 3-10.
  • 'Corporate Complicity in Internet Censorship in China: Who Cares for the Global Compact or the Global Online Freedom Act?' (2007) 39 George Washington International Law Review, pp. 255-319.
  • "Global Compact: A Critique of UN’s "Public-Private" Partnership for Promoting Corporate Citizenship" (2006) 34 Syracuse Journal of International Law & Commerce, pp. 107-151.
  • 'Human Rights Realisation in an Era of Globalisation: The Indian Experience' (2006) 12 Buffalo Human Rights Law Review, pp. 93-138.
  • 'Sustainable Good Governance and Corporations: An Analysis of Asymmetries' (2006) 18 Georgetown International Environmental Law Review, pp. 707-750.
  • 'The Constitution of India: Symbol of Unity in Diversity' (2005) 53 Jahrbuch des OffentlichenRechts der Gegenwart, pp. 649-686 (co-authored with Mahendra P Singh).
  • 'The Sangam of Foreign Investment, Multinational Corporations and Human Rights: An Indian Perspective for a Developing Asia' (2004) Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, pp. 305-327.
  • 'UN’s Human Rights Norms for Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises: An Imperfect Step in the Right Direction?' (2004) 10 ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law, pp. 493-523.
  • 'Acting Extraterritorially to Tame Multinational Corporations for Human Rights Violations: Who Should Bell the Cat?' (2004) 5 Melbourne Journal of International Law, pp. 37-65.
  • 'Human Rights Violations by Multinational Corporations and International Law: Where from Here?' (2003) 19 Connecticut Journal of International Law, pp. 1-57.
  • ‘Doha Declaration and Health Concerns of Developing Countries’ (2001) 23 Delhi Law Review, pp. 145-164.

Online Publications/Presentations

Journal Editorship

Research Grants

  • Improving the Environment by Playing “Green Beans”, City University of Hong Kong Campus Sustainability Fund Grant (HKD112,238) [2015-16] (PI).
  • CSR between Public and Private – Public institutional conditions for the generation and implementation of CSR norms in Denmark, China and the US, Danish Agency for Science Technology and Innovation Grant (DKK287,418) [2015] (I).
  • Sustainable Companies: How to Make Companies Contribute Effectively to Mitigate Climate Change?, Norwegian Research Council (NOK 5.8 million) [2010-13] (I).
  • Business, Human Rights and Access to Justice in China, International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) Grant (CHF20,000) [2010] (PI).
  • The Role of Company Law in Promoting Corporate Social Responsibility: What Could Hong Kong Learn from the UK and Australia?, City University of Hong Kong Strategic Research Grant (HK$179,454) [2008-11] (PI).

Professional Affiliations

Media Interviews

  • ABC TV, Al Jazeera TV, CCTV, Agence France-Presse (AFP), Time, The Guardian, Le Temps, The Sydney Morning Herald, The South China Morning Post, The Huffington Post, RTHK Radio 3, Radio Free Asia, and SBS Radio.