Varun Panickar

Senior Associate - Legal & Regulation | vpanickar at iihs dot ac dot in

2016    MPP, National Law School of India University, Bangalore
2014    LLM, University of Pune, Pune
2013    BA LLB (Hons)., Christ University, Bangalore




Countries: India
States: Maharashtra, Karnataka
Cities: Pune, Mumbai, Bangalore
Languages: English, Hindi, Marathi

Varun completed his master’s degree in law and public policy from National Law School of India University. He worked previously as a Policy Analyst at the Bangalore Political Action Committee. At IIHS, the focus of his work includes research on land records and the changing regulatory regime dictated by real estate laws. He is directly involved with the Land Records Modernisation Initiatives in Maharashtra (2016-17) – a Detailed study of land records modernisation and e-governance initiatives in Maharashtra, covering the rural, peri-urban and urban continuum; Concept Note on Assessment of Delhi Land Administration (2017) –  a diagnostic framework to assess the land administration system, identify gaps and recommend an action plan to improve ‘Ease of Registering Property in Delhi; and Land Records and Land Governance Project (ongoing) – a project focused on issues around land administration via the new IIHS Centre for Land Governance.

Research Projects at IIHS

2017  Land Records Modernisation & E-Governance Initiatives

Journal Articles

  • Panickar, V. (2018). More than just water: participatory irrigation management in Maharashtra. Economic & Political Weekly, 53(37), 59-66.
  • Panickar, V. (2015). State-sponsored Alcoholism in Kerala. Economic and Political Weekly, 50(23), 17-20.
  • Panickar, V. & Vasudevan, A. (2012). A critical analysis of the anti-majoritarian bias in the prevention of communal and targeted violence (Access to Justice and Reparations Bill, 2011). International Journal of Legal Studies and Research, 1(2), 264-274.


Other Writing

  • Panickar, V. (2018, April 19). Building trust among real estate buyers. The Hindu. Retrieved from
  • Deepa, K. S., Mallick, N., Wad, S., & Panickar, V. (2016). Tobacco Wars: Plain Packaging Policy for Tobacco in India (Debate).
  • 2014 Panickar, V., & Pellissery, S. Introduction to Public Policy Project.