Justice G.S Patel is a sitting judge of the Mumbai High Court and is widely regarded as one of the finest judges India has today. His sharp intellect, liberal values, pragmatic approach and high values come across in his judgments, writings and speeches.
He will be speaking at Manthan Samvaad on “Justice is what Justice does”. His talk will deal with the basic concept of Justice, its relationship with Law, and how it must evolve with increasing and higher standards in order to advance towards civilisation.
Justice Gautam Patel, Judge, Mumbai High Court
Justice Gautam Patel
Born in Mumbai on 26th April 1962, Mr Justice G. S. Patel is a graduate of St. Xavier’s College and Government Law College. He started practice in 1987 in Mumbai, working on commercial, corporate and civil litigations and also appearing in a large number of environmental public interest litigations including those relating to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, protection of mangroves, town and country planning issues, Melghat National Park, the Mill Lands, protection of open spaces, etc.
In 1994-1995, Mr Justice Patel received the First international Fellowship at Pacific Energy & Resources Center, Sausalito, California in environmental law. This included course work at the University of Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law and an internship with the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund.
He served as the Honorary Secretary of the Bombay Bar Association for two three-year terms from 1999 to 2005 and served on the Association’s Standing Committee till his appointment as a High Court judge.
From 2008-2011 he was a part-time lecturer in Administrative Law, Constitutional Law and Environmental Law at Government Law College.
Mr Justice Patel wrote a weekly newspaper column in the Mumbai Mirror for three years. He has also contributed articles to articles and reviews to the Economic & Political Weekly, TimeOut Mumbai, the Mumbai Reader, Seminar, INTACH, the Urban Design Research Insitute, the commemorative volume published by the Bombay Bar Association on completing 50 years, among others.