Dr. Yugank Goyal

Associate Professor and Assistant Dean (Research), Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities Deputy Director, International Institute for Higher Education Research & Capacity Building Honorary Research Fellow, Jindal Global Law School


Ph.D. (Hamburg, Rotterdam and Bologna – Erasmus Mundus Fellow), LL.M. (Manchester), B.Tech. (Surat, India)

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Yugank Goyal received his Ph.D. in Economics and Law from University of Hamburg, Erasmus University Rotterdam and University of Bologna as Erasmus Mundus Fellow. He has an LL.M. from University of Manchester and Bachelor of Technology from NIT Surat, India. 

He is a founding faculty member of OP Jindal Global University. In addition to helping establish the University, he spearheaded several institution building initiatives, including designing curriculum and academic policies of the University in its formative stage. Between 2009 and 2012, he was the Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean (Research & International Collaborations) at Jindal Global Law School. In his capacity as Assistant Dean, he cultivated research architecture of the law school and led its collaboration with world’s leading law schools and think tanks around the world. As a prolific public speaker in charge of University’s outreach programmes, he has also addressed more than three hundred leading schools, colleges and universities in India on importance of law and social science education.

He has taught Economics I and II, Economic Analysis of Law, Institutions, Mathematics and Environment Science. He has been awarded the Teaching Excellence Award in recognition of his course content and pedagogical innovations he brought in his class. 

Prior to joining JGU, he has worked as a Consultant on rural development projects with ICICI Bank’s joint venture with West Bengal state government. He continues to consult governmental and non-governmental organizations on a variety of regulatory projects focusing. 

Having studied engineering, economics and law, his work swiftly assumes interdisciplinarity. He has published on matters related to legal institutions, development economics, higher education and intellectual property. He has traveled widely and spoken in international fora on topics of his interest. 

He has also served as Faculty at Harvard Law School’s Institute for Global Law and Policy and Vedica Scholars Programme for Women in New Delhi.


Journal Articles and Book Chapters 

Book Chapters 

  • The Phoenix of Interdisciplinarity in Higher Education, in C. Raj Kumar, et al (eds.) The Future of Indian Universities: Comparative and International Perspectives, New Delhi: Oxford University Press (2017).
  • Ethics and Governance in Climate Change Debate: Need for institutional shift from Nation-States to Individuals, in Hugh Breakey et al (ed.), Ethical Values and Integrity of the Climate Change Regime. Ashgate (2015).
  • Economic and Procedural Constraints for Compulsory Licenses in Medicines, in Reto Hilty and Kung-Chung Liu (eds.), Compulsory Licensing. Springer (2015).
  • Institutions and Food Security: Case of Food Corporation of India, in Rajeev Malhotra (ed.) India Public Policy Report, Oxford University Press (2015).
  • Health Impact Fund and India: Rationale, Applicability and Next Steps, in Thomas Pogge and Mitu Sengupta (eds.), Global Health and Global Justice. Toronto: IDRC (forthcoming)
  • Independence and Competence of Regulatory Institutions: An Inquiry into the Informality of Indian Regulatory State, in Pradeep Mehta (ed.) CUTS Annual Series on Regulation (2015) 

Reports and Consulting 

Newspaper Op-ed and Reviews 

Working Papers/Papers under Review 

  • Why do Informal Markets remain informal? Lessons from an Indian Footwear Cluster
  • Legal Institutions of Labour Formalization Processes: Case of Coal Mines Mafia in India
  • Institutional Cost of (il)legality of Sex work: Empirical Evidence from India
  • Using an Expired Product: Revisiting Wealth Maximization in Law
  • Transaction Cost Approach to Understand Informal Markets: A Review
  • Locating Informality in the Blind-spots of International Labour Law: The Story of Exclusionary Governance 

Select Presentations 

  • How not to institutionalize labour: the case of coal mines mafia in India, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Teen Murti Bhavan, April 2017 (New Delhi)
  • Institute for Global Law and Policy, Harvard Law School, organised by Thailand Institute of Justice, January 2017 (Bangkok, Thailand)
  • Regulation of Informality: Case of Prostitution, Regulation Governance Conference, Tilburg University, July 2016 (Tilburg, Netherlands)
  • Efficacy and Validity in Informal Markets: Hart and a little bit of Hindi, Validity in Law, University of Groningen, December, 2015 (Groningen, Netherlands).
  • Idiosyncratic Knowledge and Informal Markets, Long-Term Processes of Socio-economic Development, Volkswagen Foundation, Hannover, November 2015 (Hannover, Germany).
  • Sociology of Informal Markets, for the stream of ‘Governance and Development in the Age of Globalization,’ at Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI), June 2015 (Providence, USA).
  • Economics of Sex Work in India, Harvard Law School, June 2015 (Boston, USA).
  • Compulsory Licensing and Health Impact Fund: Case of India, Global Health, Global Justice 2015 Conference, Ryerson University, May 2015 (Toronto, Canada).
  • Formality vs informality interaction: reflection in institutions and practices, FUB-HSE Doctoral Seminar, Higher School of Economics, Russia, April 2015 (Moscow, Russia).
  • Institutional Analysis of Informal Markets: Evidence from India, Joint Seminar on Future of Law and Economics, organised by Université Paris X, Erasmus University Rotterdam and Maastricht University, March 2015 (Paris, France).
  • International Labor Law, Exclusion and Governance: Unpacking Informality, Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL), American University in Cairo, February 2015 (Cairo, Egypt).
  • Market for Art in India, Winter School on Art Law and Value, OP Jindal Global University and Institute for Global Law and Policy, Harvard Law School, January 2015 (New Delhi, India).
  • Using an Expired Product: Revisiting Wealth Maximization in Law, Conference on Philosophy of Law, Debrecen Law School, December 2014 (Debrecen, Hungary).
  • Problem with Anthropomorphizing Nation States in Climate Change Debates: Focus on Informal and Heterogeneous Domestic Institutions, Workshop on Values Informing the Integrity System of the Global Climate Regime, University of Queensland and Griffiths University, November 2014 (Brisbane, Australia).
  • Understanding Trade Credit Institutions in Small Businesses: History and Sociology of the Informal Footwear Industry in Agra, Conference on Informal and Everyday Markets, Centre for Modern Indian Studies, University of Göttingen, June 2014 (Göttingen, Germany).
  • Informal Market Institutions: Evidence from Footwear Industry in India, Ronald Coase Institute Workshop, Xiamen University, December 2013 (Xiamen, China).
  • Scope and Duration of Compulsory Licensing, Conference on Compulsory Licensing, Max Planck Institute for IP and Competition Law and Academia Sinica, Taiwan, December 2012 (Taipei, Taiwan).
  • Institutions and Indian Polity, Seminar at International University College, Turin, Oct 2011 (Turin, Italy).
  • The Essentiality of Informal Institutions: Experience from Informal Corporate Financing, 10th European School of New Institutional Economics, May 2011 (Corsica, France).
  • Theoretical Treatment of Law’s Experiments with Economics: Expanding Frontiers and Journeys Across Divides, Doctoral Forum on Legal Theory, Melbourne Law School, Dec 2010 (Melbourne, Australia).
  • Rethinking the Institution of Compulsory Licensing: Perspective from Law and Economics, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Oct 2010 (Toronto, Canada).