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Faculty Profile

ASTON, Joshua N. Dr
BA, LL.B., LL.M. (UK), PhD (Law), LSD (UK), DCL, PGDFM, DMC
Assistant Professor of Law & OSD (Office of the Director)

Email:  jaston@gnlu.ac.in
Phone : (+91) - +91 -79-23276611/23276612
Mobile : (+91) - 8511188724
Fax : (+91) - 91 -79-23276613
Teaching / Research Experience

Teaching Experience

  • Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat  (Assistant Professor of Law & Officer on Special Duty (Office of the Director) [December 2013 – Present])
  • Symbiosis Law School, (Symbiosis International University) Pune (Deputy Director and Assistant Professor of Law, Symbiosis Law School, Pune [June 2010 – July 2012])

Research Experience

  • Asian Law Institute Fellow for One Semester at the Asian Law Institute, National University of Singapore, Singapore. [25th September to 25th November 2017]
  • DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) Fellow at the University of Cologne, Germany. [10th March 2017 to 10th May 2017]
  • Research Fellow under the Israeli Government Scholarship for Research in Comparative Studies at Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv, Israel by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Israel, [October 2012- June 2013]

Area of Research/Interest

Consultancy Assignments

  • Providing legal support from time to time to BPHE Society’s Ahmednagar College, Center for Studies in Rural Development, Institute of Social Work and Research and Institute of Management Studies, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra.


Areas of General Interest

  • Business Law
  • International Law
  • Justice Education  


Current Research Interest

  • Law of Contract
  • International Criminal Law
  • Human Rights Law and Humanitarian Law
Publication

Books


  • Aston, J. (2018). Acing Internships: A Practical Guide. Lucknow, Eastern Book Company
  • Aston, J. (2017). Contract Law for Managers. Lucknow, Eastern Book Company.
  • Aston, J. (2016). Trafficking of Women and Children: Article 7 of the Rome Statute. 1st edn., Oxford University Press.
  • Aston, J. (2012). Restructuring The Indian Police System: Need For Accountability & Efficiency. Germany. Lambert Academic Publishers.

Book Chapters


  • Aston, J. (2016). Violence against Women and Gender Justice: A Human Rights Perspective. Women Violence and Law: An Intimate Interrogation Open Distance Paradigm. Calcutta, Netaji Subhash Open University.
  • Aston, J. (2016). Policing in India, Politicization of the Indian Police System and Safeguarding the Human Rights. Terrorism, Its Legal Framework and Beyond. New Delhi, Manakin Press.

Journal Articles


  • Aston, J (2017) A Critical Analysis of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings: Success and Failure in Protecting Human Rights of the Victims, International Research Journal of Human resources and Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 12, 28-41 (ISSN: 2349-4085)
  • Aston, J. (2015) Electronic Contracts-Protection of the Rights and Interests of the Consumers AAGAM International Journal of Humanities, Social Sciences, Management and Technology Volume1 (Issue 2) pp 29-35 (ISSN: 2454-1567) 
  • Aston, J. (2015) Human Trafficking and its Prosecution: Challenges of the ICC, Journal of The Gujarat University Volume 1 pp 297-309 (ISSN 23211520)
  • Aston, J. (2014). Supreme Court to the Rescue of Husbands Family. All India Reporter, Flair Talk 1(7). 
  • Aston, J. (2014) Need for Piracy Legislation in India, ‘Lighthouse’, a Journal of OSI (Indian Maritime Foundation), Volume 7 pp 24-27 
  • Aston, J. (2014) A Continuing Maritime Boundary Dispute: India and Bangladesh, ‘Seagull’ the Journal of the Indian Maritime Foundation, 18(76) 
  • Aston, J. (2013) The Dilemma of Enforceability of the Armed Conflict Laws, SSRN - Cultural Anthropology e-Journal and the Social and Political Philosophy e-Journal. 
  • Aston, J. (2013) Women, Violence and Gender Justice: A Human Rights Perspective, SSRN – Indian Law e-Journal; Women, Law & Human Rights e-Journal; Human Rights & the Corporation e-Journal. 
  • Aston, J. (2013) Victims of Human Trafficking: A Human Rights Perspective, SSRN - International, Transnational & Comparative Criminal Law e-Journal, Public International Law e-Journal, Human Rights and the Global Economy e-Journal, Women, Law & Human Rights e-Journal and Law & Society: International and Comparative Law e-journal, Political Economy: International Political Economy e-Journal and Social & Philosophy e-Journal. [Rated as SSRN‟s Top Ten Downloaded Article] Page 6 of 10 
  • Aston, J. (2013) Admissibility and the International Criminal Court, SSRN - International, Transnational & Comparative Criminal Law e-Journal, Public International Law e-Journal, Legislation & Statutory Interpretation e-Journal, Law & Society: Legislation e-Journal, Political Institutions: International Institutions e-Journal, Philosophy of Law e-journal. 
  • Aston, J. (2013) Human Trafficking and its Prosecution: Challenges of the ICC, SSRN - International, Transnational & Comparative Criminal Law e-Journal, Public International Law e-Journal, Human Rights and the Global Economy e-Journal and Law and Society: International and Comparative Law e-journal. 
  • Aston, J. (2013) Narco-Terrorism - A Critical Study, SSRN – International, Transnational & Comparative Criminal Law e-Journal, Public International Law e-Journal, Asian Law eJournal and Conflict Studies e-Journal. [Rated as SSRN‟s Top Ten Downloaded Article] 
  • Aston, J. (2012) Abolishment of Human Trafficking: A Distant Dream, SSRN – International, Transnational & Comparative Criminal Law e-Journal, Public International Law e-Journal, Human Rights and the Global Economy e-Journal, Law Society: International & Comparative Law e-Journal and International Political Economy e-Journal. 
  • Aston, J. (2012) Nuremberg Trials in the Development of International Criminal Law, Symbiosis Contemporary Law Journal, 1(1), pp.145-153 India, Lexis Nexis (ISBN 978-81- 8038-840-8). 
  • Aston, J. (2012) Nuclear Applications- Law on Civil Liability for Damage, All India Reporter, 99(1182) pp.99-105. 
  • Aston, J. (2012) Indian Police System: Accountability and Efficiency, Nirma University Law Journal 1(2), pp.10-38. 
  • Aston, J. (2011) Genesis of International Criminal Law, SSRN - International, Transnational & Comparative Criminal Law e-Journal, Public International Law e-Journal and Legal History e-Journal. 
  • Aston, J. (2011) Jewish Criminal Justice in Ancient Israel, All India Reporter Cr LJ, 261.

Books Edited


  • Aston, J. (ed.) (2016). Identifying and Comparing the Trends in International Contract Laws and Probing the Critical Issues for Multinational Contracting Parties. New Delhi. Eastern Book Company. 
  • Aston, J. (ed.) (2015) International Contracts, Jurisdictional Issues, and the Global Commercial and Investment Governance (A Collection of Essays on Recent Trends). Gandhinagar. Gujarat National Law University.
Conference / Seminar / Workshop

Paper Presentation


Conferences

  • Attended an International Conference on "The State of Comparative Law in Asia" on 27th September 2018 organized by Centre for Asian Legal Studies, Faculty of Law, NUS and Asian Law Institute with the support of The International Academy of Comparative Law at NUS, Singapore.
  • Attended an International Conference on "Teaching Comparative Law in Asia" on 28th September 2018 organized by Centre for Asian Legal Studies, Faculty of Law, NUS and Asian Law Institute with the support of The International Academy of Comparative Law at NUS, Singapore.
  • Presented Paper entitled ‘Indian Traditions and Status of Women’s Rights in the Indian Society Today’ at the 14th ASLI Conference hosted by the College of Law of the University of the Philippines and held at Manila, Philippines from 17th May to 19th May 2017. Was also nominated as Chairperson for the panel on Environmental Law at the Conference.
  • Plenary Speaker at the 5th International Conference on Building Community Resilience for Sustainable Development held at BPHES’ CSRD Institute of Social Work and Research Ahmednagar from 19th Feb 2016 to 21st Feb 2016. Presented Paper on ‘Advocacy for Building Community Resilience for Sustainable Development’ at the Conference.
  • Presented Paper (in absentia) entitled 'Regulating Media in the context of Under Cover Operations in India' at the International Conference on Media and Law: The Contemporary Challenges and Strategies organized by Amity Law School, Center II on 1st October 2015.
  • Presented a paper entitled 'Human Trafficking and Human Rights: Need for an Effective Legal Response' at the International Conference on Contemporary Issues and Challenges of Human Rights in the Era of Globalization organized by Gujarat Law Society on 2nd and 3rd August 2014. Awarded the 'Best Paper Award' by the Gujarat Law Society
  • Presented a Paper entitled ‘Meaningful Legal Education in the 21st Century’ at the National Conference organized by the All India Law Teachers Congress, New Delhi, 11th and 12th June 2011.

Seminars

  • Presented a paper entitled 'Human Trafficking and Its Prosecution: Challenges of the ICC' at the UGC Sponsored National Seminar on "NEW DIMENSIONS OF LAW IN 21st CENTURY" on 17th and 18th January 2015 at the School of Law, Gujarat University.
  • Presented a paper entitled 'Sting Operations: An Ethicolegal Perspective' at the Lux et Veritas, National Seminar on Media and Law organized by the Faculty of Law, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda on 7th and 8th March 2014.


Participation


Policy Summits

  • Attended the Asia - Pacific Law Deans Forum organized by the International Association of Law Schools and the Chinese University of Hong Kong from 7th April 2016 to 10th April 2016 at Sha Tin, Hong Kong.

Conferences

  • Attended Global Conference on Justice for All? The International Criminal Court - A Conference: A Ten Year Review organized by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Australian Human Rights Centre of the Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales at Sydney Australia from 11th Feb – 17th Feb 2012. 
  • Attended National Consultation on Current Challenges and Reforms in Civil and Criminal Justice Deliverance System held at Symbiosis Law School, Pune on 28th Jan 2012.  
  • Attended International Global Conference on Maritime Security and Anti Piracy organized by Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar from 24th November 2011 – 28 November 2011.
  • National Conference on Enhancing Human Resource Development through Excellence in Education organized by Centre for Education beyond Curriculum, Christ University, Bangalore, 16th – 18th February 2011.
  • International Conference on Internationalization of Higher Education with Special Reference to Management Education, organized by Symbiosis International University, October 2010.
  • International Conference of Judges and Law Academics on Access to Justice, Legal Education, and understanding Incubator organized by Symbiosis International University in collaboration with Community Legal Resource Network, CUNY School of Law, USA, August 2010.
  • Conference on ‘Nature and Effects of Chemical Weapons’ organized by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) at The Netherlands, Nov 2006.
  • Conference on ‘European Convention on Human Rights’ organized by the University of Nottingham, UK in Nov 2006.

Seminars

  • Participated in a Symposium on Nuclear Energy, Technology, Safety and Environment organized by Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar on 6th Jan 2014.
  • Attended Seminar on “Cyber Attack 2011” organized by Asian School of Cyber Laws, Pune on 19 November 2011.
  • One Day Seminar on Fundamentals of Labour Laws organized by Satvam Consulting Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai on 21 September 2011.
  • National Symposium on "Socio-Legal Dimension of Live-In Relationships: Case of D Velusamy vs. D. Patchaiammal Revisited", organized by Symbiosis Law School, Pune on 27 August 2011.
  • Participated in a one day seminar on ‘Japanese Maritime Security’ organized by the Indian Maritime Foundation, January 2004 in Pune.
  • Participated in a one day seminar ‘Maritime Vision – 2027’ organized by the Indian Maritime Foundation, April 2003 in Pune.
  • Participated in a one day seminar ‘Terrorism and Piracy at Sea’ organized by the Indian Maritime Foundation, May 2000 in Pune.


Workshops

  • Attended a Workshop for the launch of the Australian Governments New Colombo Plan on 4th September 2014 at the University of Mumbai.
  • “Protection of Women” under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 organized by A.B.M.S. Parishad’s Yeshwantrao Chavan Law College and University Grants Commission in Pune in August 2010.

Others

  • Participated in the 20th Anniversary Lecture of the Indian Maritime Foundation on 'The Navy's Role in the Maritime Defence of India in the Next Decade' by Rear Admiral R.M. Purandare, Flag Officer, Defence Advisory Group, Indian Navy on 22nd Dec 2013 in Pune.
Capacity Building Training Programmes

Organised


Training Programmes

  • Programme coordinator for First Aid Training Course organized by Rashtriya Life Saving Society of India, Pune on 2nd and 3rd September 2015 at GNLU.
  • Programme Coordinator for Management Development Programme for the Executives of Power Grid Corporation of India on 'Law Relating to Right of Way and Payment of Compensation, Land Acquisition for Public Purpose' from 23 Sept 2014 - 25th Sept 2014 at Gujarat National Law University.

Certificate Courses


  • Programme Coordinator for Certificate Course on 'International Criminal Law and International Crimes' held at GNLU from 4th-11th September 2017.
  • Certificate Course(s) Conducted/Offered: Certificate Course on 'The Fundamental Understanding of the Indian Contract Law' as Principal Course Coordinator, from 3rd October 2015 to 5th October 2015 on the University campus. Besides GNLU students, participants were from law as well as non law background.
  • Certificate Course(s) Conducted/Offered: Certificate Course on 'International Contracts': conducted this Certificate Course, as the Associate Course Coordinator, from 21 November - 23 November 2014 on the University campus. Besides GNLU students, participants were from law schools outside the State of Gujarat.

Participated


Orientation  Programmes

  • Attended the UGC sponsored 159th Orientation Programme organized by the HRDC Centre, Savatribai Phule Pune University from 1st Dec to 28th Dec 2015 and obtained Grade 'A'

Faculty Development Programmes

  • Participated in a One week Faculty Development Programme organized by Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar at its campus from 16th May 2016 - 21st May 2016.
  • Faculty Development Seminar by Ms. Bethany Hanson, Scholar in Residence, University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Law, USA on Juvenile Justice Systems on 13 Sept 2011. 
  • Faculty Development Programme on ‘Leadership, Motivation and Talent Management’ organized by Symbiosis International University, Pune, January 2011. 

Honours / Awards
  • Best Faculty Award for 2017 on GNLU Foundation Day at the hands of Mr. Vijay Rupani, Honourable Chief Minister, State of Gujarat on 17th July 2017.
  • Awarded the ASLI Fellowship Grant for One Semester from 25th September to 25th November 2017 at the Asian Law Institute, National University of Singapore.
  • Awarded the German Academic Exchange Service or DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) Scholarship and was a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Cologne, Germany from 10th March 2017 to 10th May 2017.
  • Awarded the Israeli Government Scholarship for Research in Comparative Studies at Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv, Israel by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Israel, (2012-2013)
  • Awarded the Sir Ratan Tata Travel Grant of Rs 85,000/- to attend Global Conference on Justice for All? The International Criminal Court - A Ten Year Review, organized by the University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia from 11 February 2012 – 17 February 2012.
  • Special Award Certificate for Value Consciousness and Constructive Leadership, 2010- SLS, Pune 
  • Awarded  LLM Degree at the hands of Lord Sir Richard S Attenborough, Commander of the British Empire and Chancellor, University of Sussex, Brighton in January 2008 
  • Awarded the Chancellors International Scholarship of £2200 at the hands of Prof Alasdiar Smith, Vice Chancellor, University of Sussex in 2006
  • Awarded Certificate of Merit for standing fifth in the University of Pune at the Bachelor of Law Examination in 2006
  • Awarded Certificate of Merit for Outstanding and Dedicated Service and Profound Commitment to Marine Environment from Ocean Conservancy, Texas, USA in 2003
  • Received Life Saving Certificate from National Life Saving Society at the hands of Rear Admiral  P D Sharma AVSM, NM in 2002
  • Awarded Gold Medal at the NCC Day celebrations, Nowrosjee Wadia College, Pune, 1999 for being adjudged the Best Naval Cadet
  • Received the Best Cadet Commendation Award of 3 Mah Naval Unit NCC, Pune at the hands of Group Commander, Colonel C V Mohan in 1999
Visiting Faculty/Guest Lectures/Keynote Address
  • Indian Institute of Advanced Research, Gandhinagar,   Visiting Lecturer – Business Laws
  • Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies & Research, Pune,  Visiting Faculty – Business Laws
  • S P College, Pune,  Visiting Faculty – International Law
Other Accomplishments

Technical Session Chaired/Co-Chaired

  • Chaired a Technical Session on Environmental Law at the 14th ASLI Conference hosted by the College of Law of the University of the Philippines and held at Manila, Philippines from 17th May to 19th May 2017. 

Others

  • Member of the Evaluation, Assistance, and Certification (EAC) Committee of the International Association of Law Schools based at Cornell University, USA.
  • Trustee and Member, Governing Council and Board of Control, BPHE Society’s Ahmednagar College, Center for Studies in Rural Development, Institute of Social Work and Research and Institute of Management Studies, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra
  • Member, Board of Studies for Law, Indian Institute of Advanced Research, UIAR, Gandhinagar, Gujarat
  • Member, National Life Saving Society of India
  • Member, Art of Living Foundation
  • Member, Royal Naval Reserve, UK
  • Member of the Editorial Board, All India Law Teachers Congress
  • Member, Bar Council of the State of Maharashtra and Goa, India