Amlanjyoti Goswami



Head – Legal & Regulation
agoswami at iihs dot co dot in

LLM, Harvard Law School; LLB, BA (Sociology), University of Delhi

Academics & Research

He co-leads the development of the Law and Governance concentration for the proposed IIHS Masters in Urban Practice (MUP) program. Amlan works on law, policy and governance, including research in land acquisition, decentralisation and knowledge epistemologies. He is interested in conceptual questions of urban theory, legality and its relationships with space, politics and culture. His recent research and teaching work is on the political economy of urban land and land regulation, as well as the legal and regulatory framework that governs urban development. He is interested in questions of place, interpretative understandings of everyday life (such as street vending and vendors) as well as how social constructions and imaginations of law in theory and practice could inform such understandings.


Amlan has a decade of international and domestic regulatory, policy and legal experience having consulted with the World Bank in Washington DC; worked in the Banking and Finance team of India’s largest legal practice Amarchand Mangaldas; practiced at the Supreme Court of India in the chambers of Harish Salve on constitutional, environmental law and contract law. At the Yale School of Environment & Forestry, he also assisted on a book on Global Environmental Governance with former Dean and UNDP Administrator, James Gus Speth.

Amlan was subsequently with the National Knowledge Commission set up by the Prime Minister of India and headed by Sam Pitroda where he drafted comprehensive reports on ‘Entrepreneurship in India’ and ‘Innovation in India’ apart from working on recommendations pertaining to on higher education, legal education, IPR and traditional knowledge.

At IIHS he oversees the process of building appropriate legal and regulatory frameworks and enabling institutional sector development for key sectors in India including urban development, land and housing, municipal institutions, livelihood issues and higher education. He has been responsible for advising on key higher education sector reform legislation and developing a roadmap for institutional reform; assisting in the redrafting of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (DMC) Act; inputs towards revision of the Karnataka Town and Country Planning (KTCP) Act; cultural and creative economy issues; as well as providing policy inputs to the Planning Commission on the XII Plan.


Inlaks Scholar, 2005; Asia 21 Fellow, 2007; University Gold Medal, Sociology, 1999; First Class First position, Campus Law Centre, 2002


Law and Governance in Urban Areas, Land and Economic Development I and II, Approaches to Housing

Selected Publications
  1. Goswami, A., & Jha, D. (2016). Your title is not ready yet: Rajasthan’s land titling legislation. Economic & Political Weekly, 51(34), 26-29.
  2. Goswami, A. (2016). Land acquisition, rehabilitation and resettlement law, politics and the elusive search for balance. Journal of Land and Rural Studies, 4(1), 3-22.
  3. Goswami, A. (2015). Where the street has no name: reflections on legality and spatiality of vending. In C. Lemanski & C. Marx (Eds.), The City in Urban Poverty (pp. 183-204). Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.
  4. Lushington, K., & Goswami, A. (2015). Metropolitan governance in India: legal-institutional challenges and prospects (IIHS RF paper on metropolitan governance). Bangalore: Indian Institute for Human Settlements.
  5. Bhan, G., Goswami, A., & Revi, A. (2014). The Intent to Reside: Spatial Illegality, Inclusive Planning and Urban Social Security. In O. P. Mathur (Ed.), Inclusive Urban Planning: State of the Urban Poor Report 2013 (pp. 83-94). New Delhi: Oxford University Press.
  6. Goswami, A., (2013). Higher education law and privately funded university education in India: towards a vision? In S. Basu (Ed.), India infrastructure report, 2012: private sector in education (pp. 185-198). New Delhi: Routledge.
  7. Revi, A., Goswami, A., & Anand, S. (2013). India’s cultural and creative economy: new imaginations and emerging practices. In UNESCO’s, Creative economy report 2013: widening local development pathways (pp. 66-79).Paris: UNESCO/UNDP.
  8. Goswami, A. (2011). Land acquisition, rehabilitation and resettlement: law and politics. Indian urban conference 2011: evidence & experience, Mysore, 17 November, 2011. Bangalore: Indian Institute for Human Settlements.
  9. Kolaskar, A., Anand, S., & Goswami, A. (2007). Innovation in India. Report prepared for the National Knowledge Commission, Government of India, New Delhi.
  10. Goswami, A., Dalmia, N., & Pradhan, M. (2008). Entrepreneurship in India. Report prepared for the National Knowledge Commission, Government of India, New Delhi.

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