Gopal Subramanium is a Senior Advocate who practises at the Supreme Court of India, former Solicitor General of India, and a noted scholar on legal philosophy, constitutional law and human rights theory.
Having trained under former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee, Mr. Subramanium was designated a Senior Advocate (the equivalent of a QC in the UK) by the Supreme Court in 1993, where he developed a reputation for his rigorous style. He has acted in numerous cases that have shaped legislative principles on privacy, human rights and freedom of speech internationally.
He successfully defended the conviction of the sole surviving terrorist of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks; acted for petitioners in a historic case that held there is a fundamental constitutional right to privacy in India; and, in 2013, served on the JS Verma Commission, which recommended amendments to Indian laws to safeguard the safety and dignity of women and children.
Having built a name as a leading international commercial arbitrator, in 2013, he set up a UK office and was appointed an Associate Member at 3 Verulam Buildings. In 2015, he was appointed a Supplementary Judge at the Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Tribunal. In 2020, he became the first Indian Senior Advocate to appear before the Singapore Court of Appeal.
Outside of law, he is noted for his work within legal philosophy, writing on democracy, social inequality, civic education and the applicability of psychology to legal concepts. In 2019, he was elected to the Foundation Fellowship at Somerville College, University of Oxford, and he is a Visiting Professor at the University of New Delhi and an Honorary Adjunct Professor at Jindal Global Law School.
A Classical Music Patron at Southbank Centre, he is an Ambassador of mental health charity SANE, a Fellow of the RSA, and Honorary Director of the All India Heart Foundation, the leading cardiac charity.