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NALSAR UNIVERSITY OF LAW

Accredited in 'A+' grade with a score 3.60 on a four point scale by NAAC

V. Balakista Reddy

Since the beginning of his legal education, Prof. Dr. V. Balakista Reddy has always been keen on acquiring knowledge in the field of international law. His graduation and post-gradation studies continued in the evening colleges, given the fact that he had to sustain himself financially by working during day time in various private organizations. After graduating in law, he pursued post-graduate studies in International law. Through perseverance and determination to excel in this field of law, not only did he concentrate on his research to understand the principles, but also always tried to keep abreast with the developments in the field through active participation in Seminars and Workshops and presenting papers.
After having broad exposure to the field of international law, he chose to dwell into a subject where there is a blend of law, sciences and application of technology for the betterment of the society. Hence,  he chose Air and Space law as the field of law for to research and work upon as a part of his research while pursuing his M. Phil and thereafter Ph.D. at Jawaharlal Nehru University (J.N.U.)., New Delhi.  
He chose the field of Air and Space Law not only for his passion for aircrafts and other objects in flight, but also because this area is an emerging area and does not have many academicians or research scholars, who could contribute to the development of this field, which was and is even  growing at a rapid pace. Subsequently, he also co-edited two books with his teachers, which is again a unique achievement in JNU.
It was with the above solid academic and research credentials in this field that he joined NALSAR University of Law, as Assistant Professor in the year 2000. Since then he has closely been associated with the development of NALSAR brick by brick. He was elevated as Associate Professor in 2005 and as Professor in 2009. Thus, in his teaching career, he has grown step by step not just expanding his teaching horizons in the process but also being cognizant of the issues concerning teachers at every level especially which come with a new university. 
Apart from being recognized for his teaching capabilities by being given timely promotions, he has also been closely associated with the administrative dimensions of this university as he has served in different capacities. He was appointed as the Convener, Examinations Committee and the Proctor. He has also served as the Convener, Moot Court Committee. In all these capacities he had to work with faculties from different backgrounds and students at both graduation and post-graduation levels. These positions also allowed him to introduce several reforms which he had always planned as being necessary to the working and development of this university in three important areas which are central to any university: academics and examinations, moot court and student discipline.
In the recent past, he has been contributing to the field of air and space law (including other subjects in international law) by teaching, introducing innovative and value-added courses, publishing, organizing national and international conferences/workshops at the national level and offering advice to the Government of India in matters concerning aerospace law in particular and other international laws in general. Over the past few years he has also been working on draft space legislation for India in association with Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). At NALSAR, he has spearheaded many unique and contemporary courses on air and space law namely, Masters in Aviation Law and Air Transport Management (MALATM), Masters in Space and Technology Law (MSTL), Post-Graduate Diploma in Aviation Law and Air Transport Management (PGDALATM) and Post-Graduate Diploma in Remote Sensing and GIS Law (PGDRSGL). These courses often receive overwhelming response from the working professionals. 
Today’s academic education is not only restricted to giving lectures but he believes in organizing different International and national level extracurricular legal activities in university. He has always focused on organizing International/National Moot Courts Competition, Conferences, Workshops, Debate, Literary & Cultural Fest, Penal Discussion, Guest Lectures, Parliamentary Recommendation on bills, Parliamentary debate, Zest etc. He was also instrumental in bringing the final rounds of Manfred Lachs Moot Court competition to NALSAR campus where three sitting World Court judges (Their Excellencies Abdul G. Koroma, Peter Tomka and Hisashi Owada) judged the final round of the competition. He recently had the privilege of organizing the 78th Session of the Institute of International Law (Institut de droit international), an institute which has won Nobel Peace Prize in 1904 for its contribution to the field of International Law and peaceful settlement of disputes. It has as its members many scholars of international law including sitting and retired judges of International Court of Justice and many other international tribunals, professors from Harvard, Oxford and Yale. 
In terms of career aspirations, he has always enjoyed teaching law in general and teaching Air and Space Law in particular and would in future also intends to direct his energies towards teaching this specialized field of law. Especially, from a developing country perspective, where people are not aware of the significance of this emerging field of law or subject per se, it is important to bring in awareness and contribute to the building-up of knowledge base and talent pool. This branch of law assumes great significance both politically and economically on an international scale in the increasingly globalized world. In future, India (globally) will be confronted with many legal battles in this emerging field of law. Therefore, there is urgent need for teachers and lawyers and other stakeholders to equip themselves aerospace specialization in order to effectively face the emerging challenges in this field of law, which may a potential to turn catastrophic in nature if proper and timely initiatives not taken.
Last year, he was also invited by the Moragoda International Law Trust, Sri Lanka to deliver a series of lectures on international law and international space law to law faculty and students at the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Colombo from September 1-10, 2016. Every year the Trust invites a distinguished European and American Professors from abroad to offer a series of lectures/seminars for a period of 10 days every year. This is the first time they have invited an Indian to conduct the above said lectures.
In the past couple of years, he has also ventured in the field of land rights and land laws. At present in NALSAR he is heading the Centre for Tribal and Land Rights (CTLR), wherein, the Centre under his aegis has undertaken several prestigious projects with the Central and State Government including the AP Land Acquisition Bill 2016 for the Government of Andhra Pradesh, Review and Revision of Land Laws for the State of Telangana, redrafting of the Telangana (Agricultural Produce and Livestock) Market (Amendment) Rules, 2016 and Re-drafted The Telangana (Agricultural Produce and Livestock) Market (Amendment) Act, 1966. CTLR has also undertaken training of one thousand paralegals who helped in resolving more than one million land problems of the poor; provided training to various stakeholders working on land (revenue, forest and tribal welfare officials); and undertaken several legal literacy initiatives. CTLR in collaboration with Landesa and Legal Services Authority established a first-of-its kind Land Rights Clinic at the premises of Warangal District Court, Telangana State. Until now, the Clinic provided legal advice to about 1000 persons with land problems and helped them in getting their land problems resolved, organized land legal literacy programmes in about thirty villages and about ten thousand rural people reached through the legal awareness meetings organized in the villages. About 4000 various stakeholders including paralegal volunteers, SHG women, Anganwadi workers, students, police officers, revenue officers, Advocates, media persons and members of civil society organisations were trained on land matters. 
Apart from assisting the state and central governments on land matters, he has also served as the Honorary Coordinator for the Project on “Drafting of State Rules for the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 in the State of Telangana”, sponsored by Government of Telangana, Hyderabad, Principal Coordinator for the Legislation Drafting Project on Skill Development for the Government of Andhra Pradesh, Coordinator for the Revenue Officers Training Programmes on “Enhancing the knowledge of land laws, improving legal drafting, order writing skills and reinforcing the pro-poor perspective”, to be conducted in all 10 districts of Telangana, sponsored by Government of Telangana, Coordinator for the Forest Officers Training Programmes on “Land Encroachment, Legal and Policy Perspectives”, to be conducted in all 10 districts of Telangana, sponsored by Government of Telangana, Coordinator for the Revenue Officers Training Programmes on “Land laws, legal drafting and order writing skills”, to be conducted in all 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh, sponsored by Government of Andhra Pradesh. He has also served as the Principal Investigator for a Research study on “Transfer of Technology in Indian Defence Sector: IPR Issues and Challenges”, sponsored by Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Ministry of Defence, Government of India, Hyderabad.
As a founding faculty of NALSAR, his mission is to promote HSI students with a diverse, intellectually rigorous learning environment in its broad international, intercultural, and interdisciplinary contexts so that they may acquire the professional skills and ethical grounding to become excellent lawyers and leaders in their communities and chosen professions; Secondly to promote knowledge and understanding of the law and related disciplines by providing its faculty with the resources and intellectual environment to excel in teaching and scholarship; Thirdly, to ensure that all members of its law school community have the opportunity, and are encouraged, to provide service to the profession and to the local, national, and international community;  to create a community, including our alumni, committed to excellence, honesty, openness, diversity and collegiality; and to support and advance through our teaching, scholarship, and service an institutional commitment to justice, equality, the highest ethical standards and a system based upon the rule of law.
His hobbies include reading newspapers, mentoring, farming, swimming and travelling and interacting with people from different walks of life.

 

B.A., LL.M., M.Phil., Ph.D. (JNU)

The NALSAR University of Law established the advanced Center for Air and Space law (CASL)www.casl.nalsar.ac.in in 2005 under my headship. Since then, CASL has conducted various National and International Conferences, Workshops and Published Newsletters, Books and Articles in Aerospace Law Fields.

BOOKS
  •  with S. Bhatt and V.S. Mani (eds.) Air Law and Policy in India (New Delhi: Lancers Books, 1994)
  •  with V.S. Mani and S. Bhatt (eds.) Recent Trends in International Space Law and Policy (New Delhi: Lancers Books, 1997)
  • (ed.) Emerging Trends in Air and Space Law (New Delhi: Uppal Publishers, 2007)
  •  with K. Vidullatha Reddy, Vijender Kumar (eds.), Global Perspectives in Consumer Law (Hyderabad: S. Gogia and Company, 2011)
  • with Rahul J. Nikam (eds.) Space law and Contemporary Issues: Perspectives on Asia-Pacific Region (Hyderabad: Asia Law House, 2012)
  • with V.S. Mani and S. Bhatt (eds.) Air Law and Policy (New Delhi: APH Publishing Corporation, 2013)
BOOK CHAPTERS
  • “Indian Higher Judiciary and International Law in the 21st Century Issues and Challenges” in Manohar Rao, G. B. Reddy and Geeta Rao (eds.), Judiciary in India: Constitutional Perspectives (Asia Law House, 2009)
  • “Comprehensive and futuristic Space Legislation: Indian’s Need of the Hour” in V. Balakista Reddy (ed.) Emerging Trends in Air and Space Law (New Delhi: Uppal Publishers, 2006)
  •  “India’s Contribution in the Development of International Space Law and Policy” in V. Balakista Reddy (ed.) Emerging Trends in Air and Space Law (New Delhi: Uppal Publishers, 2006)
  • “Airports Privatization and Emerging Legal Issues” in V. Balakista Reddy (ed.) Emerging Trends in Air and Space Law (New Delhi: Uppal Publishers, 2006)
  •  “Air Safety and Security Regulations: National and International Perspectives” in V. Balakista Reddy (ed.) Emerging Trends in Air and Space Law (New Delhi: Uppal Publishers, 2006)
  •  “Terrorism, Counter Terrorism and International Law” in Ranbir Singh and Ghanshyam Singh (eds.) Human Rights Education, Law and Society (Hyderabad: NALSAR University of Law, 2005)
  •  “Future Air Navigation Systems and Space Technology”, in V.S. Mani, S. Bhatt and V. Balakista Reddy (eds.), Recent Trends in International Space Law and Policy (New Delhi: Lancers Books, 1997)
  •  “Space Law and Policy in India”, in V.S. Mani, S. Bhatt and V. Balakista Reddy (eds.), Recent Trends in International Space Law and Policy (New Delhi: Lancers Books, 1997)
  • “India’s Contribution to the United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space”, in V.S. Mani, S. Bhatt and V. Balakista Reddy (eds.), Recent Trends in International Space Law and Policy (New Delhi: Lancers Books, 1997)
  • with V. S. Mani, “History and Development of Air Law in India: A Survey” in S. Bhatt, V.S. Mani and V. Balakista Reddy (eds.), Air Law and Policy in India (New Delhi: Lancers Books, 1994)
  • “An Analysis of the Chicago Convention of 1944”, in S. Bhatt, V.S. Mani and V. Balakista Reddy (eds.), Air Law and Policy in India (New Delhi: Lancers Books, 1994)
  • “Environmental Protection Measures and Air law in India”, in S. Bhatt, V.S. Mani and V. Balakista Reddy (eds.), Air Law and Policy in India (New Delhi: Lancers Books, 1994)
ARTICLES
  •  “Revisiting the SAARC Visa Regime”, Diplomatist Plus Magazine (December 2011).
  • “Globalization of Legal Services under WTO and GATS: Opportunities and Challenges for Legal Professionals”, 5(1) NALSAR Law Review (2010) 170-182.
  • “Commentary Paper on National Space Legislation: Towards a Blueprint”, V. Gopalakrishna and Rajeev Lochan (ed) Proceedings of ISRO-IISL Space Law Conference –2005 Bringing Space Benefits to the Asian Region, Bangalore during 26th 29th June 2005 (New Delhi, 2006), pp.2-51-2-58.
  •  “Global Management of Air Safety and Security Regulations – An Overview”, in Proceedings of the Seminar on Aerospace Technology Challenges in the Millennium, (Hyderabad, 15-16 December 2003).
  • “IPRs and Space Activities” in Proceedings of the Seminar on Aerospace Technology Challenges in the Millennium, (Hyderabad, 15-16 December 2003).
  •  “India and Space Laws: A Millennium Perspective”, The Hindu (Chennai) 9.3.2000.
  •  “Application of Satellite Technology in Civil Aviation-Emerging Legal Issues”, 40(2) The Indian Journal of International Law (2000)
  • “India’s Space Activities; Need for Legal Framework”, Vayu Aerospace Review (May-June 2000)
  • “Changing Global Aviation Scenario and the Indian Response”, Skyflier (January 1996) 14-15

Centre for Tribal and Land Rights 

• Two-Day Conference on ‘Land related Legal Services Needs of Poor: Experiences, Expectations & Innovations’
• One-Day National Conference on Sub-National Governance in Tribal Areas: Issues and Perspectives (January 20, 2017)
• One-Day Conference on “Governance in Scheduled Areas: Issues and Perspectives” (May 18, 2017):-
• Training Programme on Validation of Sadabainamas to all the Tahasildars and RIs of Nalgonda District
• One Day Training Programme for the Forest Officers on Land Laws and Litigation in collaboration with Telangana State Forest Academy
• Capacity Building Training Programme for Revenue Officers in Andhra Pradesh
• Revenue Officers’ Training Programme on Enhancing Legal Drafting Skills in the State of Telangana:
• Two-day National Conference on Land Problems of the Poor and Tribal: Need for Support Mechanism (March 28 – 30, 2015)
• In collaboration with the Rural Development Institute (RDI), organised a two-day International Conference on Paralegal Models to Resolve Land Problems of the Poor and Tribals in India  (October 29-30, 2011)
• In collaboration with Rural Development Institute, Hyderabad, organised National Conference on Legal Aid to Secure Land Rights to Rural Poor: Role of Government LSAs, NGOs and Paralegals (on April 10-11, 2010) 
• NALSAR-Landesa Workshop Land Problems Of SCs and STs in the State of Telangana at Warangal in August 2015
• One Day Workshop on Land Related Legal Services Needs Of Poor: Experiences, Expectations and Innovations (September 1, 2015)
• The Legal Aid Clinic (Land Rights), NALSAR in collaboration with Landesa (Rural Development Institute) has organized a One-Day Workshop on “Land Problems in Telangana: Need for Support Mechanisms” on December 20, 2014.  
• One-Day Workshop on ‘Land Rights and Legal Aid’ for Land Law and Legal Aid Clinic teachers of A.P. on March 16, 2013. 
• One-Day Workshop on “Land Legal Literacy” for the Journalists in Warangal District on November 8, 2013 at Vaagdevi Degree & P.G. College, Warangal.
• One Day Workshop on “The Land related Legal Needs of the Poor and the Need for Legal Aid” was organized jointly by Landesa RDI, Hyderabad and NALSAR with administrative support from A.P. State Legal Services Authority, Hyderabad on September 8, 2012.
• The NALSAR Center for Land Rights in collaboration with Landesa, has launched a live phone-in program on HMTV every Sunday at 9.15 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. in January 2011, which is running successfully after completing 50 episodes in January 2012. 
• Every week the program is reaching around 60,000 people. Anchor Professor Sridhar, and RDI State Director Mr. M. Sunil Reddy answer at least 12 phone calls ‘live’ on the issues of land rights problems. 
• Organized workshop on land rights and records on the completion of 25 episodes of TV program Bhumi kosam, during August, 2011 at Hyderabad. 
• Capacity Building Training Programme for Revenue Officers in Andhra Pradesh 
• One-Day Training Programme for 80 Revenue Officials including Deputy Collectors and Senior Tahsildars at Nuzividu IIIT Campus on Development on Legal Drafting Skills. 
• 3-Day Foundation Training Programme for training of para-legal volunteers from May 18 to 20, 2015. 
• One Day Training Programme For Village Revenue Functionaries On Management Of Land Records And Resolving Land Problems in September 2015
• Two-day training programme for Community Resource Persons (CRPs) and paralegals working in various Land Centres established by NALSAR and Landesa/ RDI from  December 18-20, 2015
• Two-Day Training Programme to Revenue Officers on “Legal Drafting and Judgment Writing” on March 9-10, 2013. 
• One-Day Training Program to all Station House Officers (SHOs) on “Land Related Issues & the Legal Remedies” at Police Head Quarters, Warangal District on May 25, 2013.  
• One-Day Orientation Program to Andhra Pradesh Gramina Vikas Bank Officers on “Land Issues and Legal Framework” at Learning Centre, Hanmakonda (Warangal) on June 5, 2013. 
• One-Day Training Program to all Station House Officers (SHOs) on “Land related issues & the Legal Remedies” at DPO, Warangal Urban on June 7, 2013.  
• Two-Day Consultation Meeting of Paralegals on “A Study to identify the bottlenecks in land administration and adjudicating systems and the typology of legal services needs of the poor having land problems” held on December 9-10, 2013 at NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad.

Centre for Air and Space Law (CASL) 

• A Two-Day National Workshop on Liberalization and Privatization of Space Activities in India: Emerging Legal Issues (April 12-13, 2013)
• International Conference on Contemporary Issues in Space Law: Asia-Pacific perspective (June 24, 2012)
• Two day International Conference on Emerging Needs & Demands of Airports & Airlines – A Global Perspective (Feb 11-12. 2011)
• National Conference on Liberalization & Privatization of Airlines and Airports in India: Emerging Legal Issus (April, 12-13, 2008)
• Conference on Emerging trends in Air &Space Law (October 8-9, 2005)
• Workshop on Emerging Issues & Challenges in Import & Export of Missile Technology jointly organized by Bharat Dynamics Ltd., Hyderabad and NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad (August 14, 2008)
• Seminars:
• The Aerospace Law Meet 2009, a two day Seminar organized by NALSAR University of Law (March 28-29, 2009) 
MK Nambyar SAARC Law Centre 
• Fourteenth South Asian Teaching Session on International Humanitarian Law (April 22-29, 2009): 
• Twelfth South Asian Teaching Session on International Humanitarian Law (April 16-23, 2008) 
• Tenth South Asian Teaching Session on International Humanitarian Law (April 11-18, 2007)
• Two-Day International Conference on Water Sharing: Issues and Challenges (March 26th to 27th, 2017)
• A Two-Day International Conference on Regional Economic Co-operation SAARC: Problems and Prospects for Investments (April 5-6, 2013) 
• Two Day International Conference on “Promoting Intra-regional Trade in South Asia - Role of SAARC (March 26-27, 2011). 
 

Courses taught are

International Law; International Economic and Trade Law; International Intellectual Property law; Globalization & Human Rights; International Environmental Law; Global Insurance Regulations; International Law of Banking and Insurance; International Humanitarian and Refugee Laws; Comparative Corporate and Competition Laws; International Air and Space Law, International Litigation and Dispute Settlement, International Transport Law, Investment and Infrastructure Laws, Investments and Dispute Settlement and International Commercial Arbitration.

As a Head of Centre for air and Space law ,I initiated many new activities which included the launching Two Years Master’s Degree in Aviation Law and Air Transport Management (MALATM);Two Years Master’s Degree in Space and Telecommunications Laws (MSTL)One Year PG Diploma in Aviation Law and Air Transport Management (PGDALATM) and One Year Post - Graduate Diploma in GIS and Remote Laws (PGDSGL).

Email:   registrar@nalsar.ac.in(link sends e-mail)
Email:   balakista@gmail.com(link sends e-mail)
Office No:   +91(40) 23498104/437
Mobile No:   +91 9948660916