Siddharth Narrain Arcot Ananth

Siddharth Narrain Arcot Ananth

Postgraduate Research Student
BA LLB (Hons) (National Law School, Bangalore) PG Dipl (Print Journalism) (ACJ, Chennai); LLM (Harvard)

Scientia PhD Scholar

Siddharth commenced his PhD candidature at UNSW Law in 2019. He has worked previously as an Assistant Professor (Visiting) at the School of Law, Governance, and Citizenship, Ambedkar University Delhi; as a Research Fellow at the Sarai Programme, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi; as a legal researcher with the Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore; and as a journalist with The Hindu Group of Publications, Delhi.

Siddharth has co-edited a volume on the politics of the Indian Supreme Court titled The Shifting Scales of Justice: The Supreme Court in Neo-liberal India (2014).

Areas of research

Media law, constitutional law, legal theory, legal anthropology and South Asia studies.


Fleur Johns, Daniel Joyce,. Vicki Sentas

Publications and presentations

  • '"From the Rhetorical Software to 'the Hardware of the Law'": Regulating Hate Speech Online in India, (2020) 2 GNLU Law & Society Review, 63-74
  • Book Review: Anushka Singh, "Sedition in Liberal Democracies", (2019) 53 (1) Contributions to Indian Sociology, 223-226
  • (Co-authored) Submission to Legal and Social Issues Committee, Legislative Assembly, Parliament of Victoria, Inquiry Into Anti-Vilification Protections, 9 December 2019,
  • "Social Media, Violence, and the Law: 'Objectionable Material' and the Changing Contours of Hate Speech Law in India", (2018) 10 (3) Culture Unbound, 388–404
  • “Law, Language and Hurt Community Sentiment: Behind Hate Speech Doctrine in India”, in Janny H. C. Leung & Alan Durant (ed) Language, Power and Law: The Invisible Exercise of Power though Language, (Cambridge University Press: 2018) 186-204
  • Book Review: Sandeep Bakshi, Suhraiya Jivraj and Silvia Posocco (ed) Decolonizing Sexualities: Transnational Perspectives, Critical Interventions, (2018) 8 (1) Feminists@Law,
  • "A Co-traveler in the long road to decriminalisation: Upendra Baxi’s engagement with the queer movement in India", (2018) 9 Jindal Global Law Review, 299–305
  • “Dangerous Speech in Virtual Time: Social Media, Policing and Communal Violence”, (2017) 52 (34) Economic and Political Weekly,
  • (Co-authored) "Protest and the Right to Freedom of Speech and Expression" (2017) 1 (1) Journal of Public Affairs and Change, 39-46
  • "Size Does Matter Your Lordships" in Ashok Vajpayi (ed) India Dissents: 3000 Years of Difference, Doubt and Argument, (Speaking Tiger 2017)
  • "Hate Speech, Hurt Sentiment, and the (Im)Possibility of Free Speech”, (2016) 51 (17) Economic and Political Weekly, 119-126
  • “The Harm in Hate Speech Laws: Examining the Origins of Hate Speech Legislation in India” in Rina Ramdev, Sandhya Nambiar & Debaditya Bhattacharya (ed), The State of Hurt: Sentiment, Politics, Censorship (Sage Publications: 2015)
  • “Lost in Appeal: The Downward Spiral from Naz to Koushal”, (2015) 6 (4) NUJS Law Review, 575-584
  • (Co-authored) - “Struggling for Reason: Fundamental Rights and Wrongs of the Supreme Court”, (2013) 48 (52) Economic and Political Weekly, 14-16
  • "Gender Identity, Citizenship and State Recognition”, (2012) 8 (2) NLSIU Socio-Legal Review 106-115
  • “Disaffection and the Law: The Chilling Effect of Sedition Laws in India”, (2011) 46 (8) Economic and Political Weekly, 33-37
  • (Co-authored) "Striving for Magic in "The City of Words" in Arvind Narrain & Alok Gupta (eds) Law Like Love: Queer Perspectives on Law (Yoda Press: 2011)