Siddharth Arcot Ananth

Mr Siddharth Arcot Ananth


Adelaide Law School

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

Siddharth's research interests focus on Indian constitutional law, law and media, and platform regulation from a Global South or Majority World perspective. He is interested in using socio-legal approaches and law-in-context methodology to explore contemporary legal questions. His PhD is titled Facebook's Crowds and Publics: Law, Virality and the Regulation of Hate Speech Online on Facebook (UNSW, 2023).

Siddharth has co-edited two edited volumes: The Shifting Scales of Justice: The Supreme Court in Neo-liberal India (Orient BlackSwan, Hyderabad, 2014) and Acts of Media: Law, Media and Technology in Contemporary India (SAGE: ICAS-MP, New Delhi). He holds a bachelor's law degree from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore; a master's in law from Harvard Law School; and a postgraduate diploma in journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai. He has worked previously as a journalist, as a human rights lawyer, and as an academic and researcher in India.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2023 - ongoing Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2017 - 2018 Assistant Professor (Visiting, Full Time) Ambedkar University Delhi
    2015 - 2017 Research Associate The Sarai Programme, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies
    2006 - 2014 Lawyer and Legal Researcher Alternative Law Forum
    2005 - 2006 Principal Correspondent The Hindu Newspaper
    2003 - 2005 Reporter Frontline Magazine
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Hindi Can read, speak and understand spoken
    Kannada Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
    Spanish; Castilian Can read and understand spoken
    Tamil Can speak and understand spoken
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2019 School of Global & Public Law, Faculty of Law & Justice, University of New South Wales Australia PhD in Law
    2013 - 2014 Harvard Law School, Harvard University United States LLM (Masters in Law)
    1997 - 2002 National Law School of India University India BA LLB (Hons) (Bachelors in Law and Arts)
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    2002 - 2003 PG Diploma, Journalism Asian College of Journalism India
  • Research Interests

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Narrain, S. (2021). Transformative constitutionalism: a radical biography in nine acts,. Indian Law Review, 5(1), 139-147.
    2018 Narrain, S. (2018). Social media, violence and the law: "Objectionable material" and the changing contours of hate speech regulation in India. Culture Unbound, 10(3), 388-404.
    DOI Scopus6
    2016 Narrain, S. (2016). Hate speech, hurt sentiment, and the (im)possibility of free speech. Economic and Political Weekly, 51(17), 119-126.
    2014 Narrain, S. (2014). Text messaging: Indian school books get "hinduised". Index on Censorship, 43(3), 87-90.
    2013 Sheikh, D., & Narrain, S. (2013). Struggling for reason: Fundamental rights and the wrongs of the supreme court. Economic and Political Weekly, 48(52), 14-16.
    2011 Narrain, S. (2011). 'Disaffection' and the law: The chilling effect of sedition laws in India. Economic and Political Weekly, 46(8), 33-37.
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2018 Narrain, S. (2018). Law, language and community sentiment: Behind hate speech doctrine in India. In J. H. C. Leung, & A. Durant (Eds.), Meaning and Power in the Language of Law (pp. 186-204). Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.
  • Internet Publications

    Year Citation
    2023 Arcot Ananth, S. N., & Manwaring, K. (2023). 41 US states are suing Meta for getting teens hooked on social media. Here’s what to expect next. The Conversation.
  • Position: Lecturer
  • Phone: 83133147
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Ligertwood, floor Third Floor
  • Room: 319
  • Org Unit: Adelaide Law School

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