Gopal Subramanium

Foundation Fellow

The distinguished jurist Gopal Subramanium is a former Solicitor General of India and a Senior Advocate of the country’s Supreme Court.

Mr Subramanium was born in 1958 in Bangalore, and studied law at the University of Delhi. He was the youngest lawyer to be designated a Senior Advocate by India’s Supreme Court and has appeared as lead counsel in a number of landmark cases. Between 2009 and 2011 he served as Solicitor General of India, and was presented with the National Law Day Award for Outstanding Jurist by the President of India in 2009. One of Mr Subramanium’s most important contributions to legislation in India was to improving India’s sexual violence laws.

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Mr Subramanium is a generous benefactor of the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Developement. He endowed the Gopal Subramanium Scholarships in honour of his teacher His Holiness Shri. Bharati Tirtha. The scholarships support talented Indian postgraduate scholars to study at Oxford, with the first matriculating in 2017. He also supported the college choir’s tour of India in December 2018, which featured concerts and workshops with disadvantaged children in Goa and Mumbai.

In 2019, Mr Subramanium was elected as a Foundation Fellow of Somerville, the College’s highest recognition for philanthropy.

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