Amlanjyoti Goswami

Chief - Legal & Regulation | agoswami at iihs dot co dot in

2003    LLM, Harvard Law School Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
2002    LLB, University of Delhi, Delhi
1999    BA, Sociology (Hons), University of Delhi, Delhi




Countries: India, USA and UK
States: Assam, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka
Cities: Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Chandigarh, Delhi, Guwahati, Ahmedabad et cetera, London, New Haven, Shimla, Washington D.C.,
Languages: English, Assamese, Bengali, Hindi

Amlanjyoti Goswami is Head – Legal and Regulation at IIHS. 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.


He co-leads the development of the Law and Governance concentration for the proposed IIHS Masters in Urban Practice (MUP) programme. Amlan works on law, policy and governance, including research in land acquisition, decentralisation and knowledge epistemologies. 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.


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 higher education, legal education, IPR and traditional knowledge.

Research Projects at IIHS

2014 India Urban Policy Support  Partnership


Practice Projects at IIHS

2017 Concept Note on Assessment of Delhi Land Administration
2016-17 Land Records Modernisation Initiatives in Maharashtra
 2014- current  Land Records Modernisation & E-Governance Initiatives



Law & legal Studies/Law
Public Policy/ Social Policy & Administration
Urban Planning/Urban Development



Programme for Working Professionals in Urban Development (PWP–UD)
Re-imagining the World-Class City
Urban Property Records
  • 2017 Land Records and RTI, conference organised by the Central Information Commission.
  • 2016 Conference on Liberal Arts and Sciences in University Education ( Jindal Global University)
  • 2014 Conference on Liberal Arts and Sciences in University Education (Yale University, IIHS, Ashoka University, Raman Research Institute) – Participation in panel
  • 2013 Rethinking Universities in India: Intermediaries for Socially Inclusive Development, JNU (IDRC, CRDI, ICSSR) – Participation in panel
  • 2012 ‘New Questions on Land in India, Yale University, New Haven– Participation in panel on land acquisition
  • 2012 Universities and Intermediaries for Inclusive Innovation and Development (UNIID), IDRC, Colombo– Participation in panel
  • 2011 Goswami, A. (2011, November). Land acquisition, rehabilitation and resettlement: Law and politics. Paper presented at the India Urban Conference 2011: Evidence & Experience, Infosys Training Centre, Mysore.
  • 2007 Asia Society, Singapore, Address on democracy and development– Participation in international debate, representative from India