Siddharth Arcot Ananth

Dr Siddharth Arcot Ananth


Adelaide Law School

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.

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.
    2019 Narrain, S. (2019). 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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