Professor V. S. Mani is currently the Director of the School of Law and Governance of Jaipur National University.
Professor V. S. Mani was appointed as the first Director of the Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar.
Professor Mani, M.A., LL.B., Ph.D., is a former Professor
of International Space Law in Jawaharlal Nehru University,
New Delhi. He was also, simultaneously, in charge of the Jawaharlal
Nehru Chair for International Environmental Law, and Director
of the Human Rights Teaching and Research Programme. A Ph.D.
from JNU, his doctoral thesis was on Procedure before International
Tribunals. He has had more than 35 years of teaching and research
experience. He has authored/edited nine books and over 100
research articles, some published in international journals
and books, including one published in a book on Essays in
International Law published by the United Nations Office of
the Legal Affairs. In 2003, he was elected Executive President
of the Indian Society of International Law, New Delhi. Professor
Mani has had practical experience as well. He was Legal Advisor
to the Government of the Republic of Nauru in 1981-83 and
again in 1985-90. He was directly involved in organising Nauru's
victorious case against Australia before the International
Court of Justice (1986-93). He was a member of the victorious
Indian legal team to the ICJ led by India's then Attorney-General,
Mr. Soli Sorabji, in the Atlantique case (Pakistan v. India)
in 1999-2000. He was involved in the drafting of pleadings
in at least four cases before the ICJ. While in Nauru, he
also conducted foreign litigation and arbitrations in the
US West Coast, Western Samoa, Australia and UK, and drafted
legislation and legal documents. For a time, he functioned
as Director of Public Prosecutions and also appeared before
the Supreme Court of Nauru on behalf of the government in
both civil and criminal cases.
Professor Mani was a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Law and Politics, Tokyo University (2000) and the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (2001) and Visiting Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg, Germany (2003). He delivered the prestigious professorial lectures at The Hague Academy of International Law, The Hague, Netherlands in August 2005. Only a few Indian scholars, like ICJ Judge Dr. Nagendra Singh, Professor R. P. Anand and Professor Upendra Baxi, have had this honour.
Professor Mani is a life member of the Indian Society of International Law and the Indian Law Institute, member of the International Institute of Space Law, Paris, Fellow of the Indian Council of Arbitration and honorary member of the Société de Législation Comparéé, Paris. He has been a member of the University Grants Commission of India's Justice V. S. Malimath Committee on Model Syllabi for Human Rights and Duties Education (1999-2001), and a member of the UGC Expert Committee on Human Rights and Value Education (HRDE).