Sr. Advocate, Supreme Court of India

Mr. Shyam Divan is the protégé and son of the eminent constitutional expert Late Mr. Anil Divan, an illustrious Senior Advocate and former President of the Bar Association of India. Mr.Shyam Divan has enriched his legal legacy immensely by establishing himself as a distinguished lawyer who has amassed years of experience before the High Court of Bombay and the Supreme Court of India. His area of practice encompasses Constitutional Law and most branches of Civil Litigation including Banking and Securities Law, Arbitration, Administrative Law, and Environmental Law. Mr. Divan has been appointed as the Vice President of the Bar Association of India. He also severs as the Vice President of LAWASIA. He also the Co-chair at LAWASIA Human Rights Section.

Mr.Divan has keenly contributed to several organizations that have done wonderful work in areas of public interest. He serves on the Board of Care India SSD Ltd.; is a Trustee at the Independent Public Spirited Media Foundation, Bengaluru; is a Member of the Governing Board of Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi and the Consumer Education and Research Centre, Ahmedabad.

Mr. Divan is notable for appearing in several contemporary constitutional cases decided by the Supreme Court of India which have contributed immensely to the development of Law in the nation. He is known for appearing in Jindal Stainless Ltd. v. State of Haryana,(2017) Abhiram Singh v. C. D. Commachen, (2017); Justice K. S. Puttaswamy v. Union of India, (Privacy)(2017) (9 Judges); Kalpana Mehta v. Union of India, 2018 (7) SCC 1; Navtej Singh Johar v. Union of India(2018)(decriminalising homosexuality); Justice K. S. Puttaswamy v. Union of India,(Aadhaar) (2019); Indore Development Authority v. Manohar Lal; 2019 (Recusal); Kantaru Rajeevaru v. Indian Young Lawyers Association(religious freedom) (9 Judges).

In addition to the above, Mr. Divan has discharged a wide variety of key roles in the legal domain. He has assisted the Supreme Court as Amicus Curiae in a Suo Motu action initiated by the court for filling vacancies in the Subordinate Judiciary and in the Bellary case involving illegal iron ore mining in the forests of Karnataka. He has also appeared for the states of Haryana and Karnataka in inter-state river water disputes.

Given his keen scholarly interest in Constitutional Law and Environmental Law in particular, Mr. Divan has also co-authored a book titled‘Environmental Law and Policy in India’published by the Oxford University Press in 2001 and he has also authored chapters on Public Interest Litigation in the Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution (2016); Contours of EIA In India in Water and the Laws in India (2009, Sage); Fragments from a Manuscript in The Constitution at 67(2017, Supreme Court of India) and on Civil Liberties and Biometrics in Dissent on Aadhaar (2019, Orient Blackswan).

CAN is elated to have Mr. Divan as its Patron. The Foundation is truly humbled by the expertise and guidance extended by him. For an endeavor like the CAN Foundation, which is still in its nascent stage, Mr. Divan has shown unwavering confidence in our objectives and initiatives. Mr. Divan had been the one of the first Senior Advocates of his stature and eminence who guided the Foundation in launching “Project Dhananjay”. The organization shall endeavor to learn from his immense experience and make the best of his kind-hearted gesture of agreeing to guide us and take us forward in the long journey the Foundation plans to undertake.