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Prof. Chinmay Deshmukh

Prof. Chinmay Deshmukh

Pursuing Ph.D. from Goethe University (Germany)

LL.M., Johan Wolfgang Goethe University (Germany)

B.A. LL.B., National Law University, Jodhpur (India)

Prof Chinmay Deshmukh pursued his undergraduate studies in law at the National Law University, Jodhpur. He holds an LLM in Legal Theory (summa cum laude) from Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany. Currently, he is a doctoral candidate at Goethe University, Frankfurt. Prior to joining BITS Law School, Chinmay worked for four years as an Assistant Professor at NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. In addition to teaching mandatory courses in Administrative Law, Legal Method, and Tort Law, Chinmay also offered electives and seminars on Law, Reason, and Modernity, History of Western Legal Theory, Jurgen Habermas' Legal Philosophy, Introduction to Western Philosophy, and Spontaneous Order, Law, and Liberty. Before joining academia, Chinmay worked as a Legislative Assistant to Mr. Naresh Gujral (Member of Rajya Sabha) under the LAMP Fellowship, a flagship program of PRS Legislative Research and as a Research Associate at the prestigious Constitution Club of India, New Delhi where he provided research support for various parliamentary interventions as well as for Parliamentary Standing and Select Committee meetings.

Chinmay’s current doctoral research explores how Hayekian and Habermasian social epistemological perspectives on the origins of normativity can be adapted to theorize Public Blockchain Protocols' internal governance. In the past, Chinmay has been selected for the prestigious ‘VRU Short-Term Research Scholarship for Emerging Legal Scholars from India’ at the Humboldt University, Berlin where he worked under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Phillip Dann (Chair for Public Law and Comparative Law) on comparing the European and Indian interpretations of post-secularism as articulated in the works of Jurgen Habermas and Ashis Nandy, respectively. Chinmay has previously presented his research at various national and international conferences and symposia including the HPAIR Harvard Conference and the Max Planck Summer Academy for Legal History and his work has appeared in journals such as Cornell International Law Journal Online. Chinmay’s research interests include evolutionary and ethological approaches to the origins of normativity, Classical Indian legal theory, and Natural law and the metaphysics of normativity.


Articles in peer-reviewed journals:

  • Chinmay Deshmukh, ‘Pulp Friction: World Trade Organization Violations in the European Union’s Ban of Indian Fruit Exports’, 2 Cornell International Law Journal Online 111 (2014)

Conference Proceedings:

  • Chinmay Deshmukh, 'A Hayekian Proposal for the Governance of Public Blockchain Protocols', 3rd National Online Conference on 'Evolution of Cryptocurrency & Bitcoins: Intersection of Money & Digital Humanities', April 21-22, 2022, School of Legal Studies, REVA University (Forthcoming)

Web-based Articles:

  • Chinmay Deshmukh, ‘Integration of Developing Countries Into Global Supply Chains: Problems and Challenges’, Qrius (formerly, The Indian Economist), May 24, 2014

  • Chinmay Deshmukh, 'Negotiating a “Trade Samjhauta”: A Free Trade Agreement To Improve The Strained Ties Between India And Pakistan', Qrius (formerly, The Indian Economist), Mar. 4, 2014

  • Chinmay Deshmukh, 'Is global regulatory convergence the way forward for broader trade liberalization?', Qrius (formerly, The Indian Economist), Jan. 15, 2014

  • Invited Lectures:

  • Delivered an invited talk on 'Theorizing the ‘Internal and Off-chain Governance of Public and Permissionless Blockchain Protocols Through a Comparative Reading of Hayek and Habermas at the Law Department, Goethe University, Frankfurt on December 7, 2019

  • Delivered an invited talk on ‘Legal Theoretical Perspectives on Blockchain Protocol Governance’, organized by the Corporate Law Society at the National Law University, Jodhpur on March 20, 2021